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Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 14 – Twitter as a Curation Tool

We have now hit the two week mark since we started spending 10 minutes each day getting connected together!  Congratulations on your progress so far.  Please remember to ask for help by leaving a comment on the blog.

If you are a connected educator already, please feel free to add more to our “10 minutes” by sharing your learning here as well.

Today we go back to Twitter.  Last week we asked you to create an account, and we demonstrated how to start following some of the learning on Twitter.

We use what we learned this week about the value of curation as a skill and practice, and we consider how Twitter can be used to access curated content and contribute your own curated content.

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano has written extensively on this topic.


twitter as a curation toolWe have already considered how to collect information and learn from others on Twitter.

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As we build our PLN,  we are, in a sense, customizing the information we receive on Twitter.  We follow people with similar interests, who act as curators for us.

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For example, we follow ECOO Director Alana Callan on Twitter, because we know that most of  what she posts will be of interest to us.

Last week, we shared how “real time curation” works to allow us to be part of a conference or event we could not otherwise attend, or to share with others from an event we are attending.  ECOO Director Colin Jagoe demonstrates this at the BIT14 conference:

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Today, consider how you are acting as a curator on Twitter.  How are you sharing the resources that interest you?  Do you select a quote from a resource as you share it?  Perhaps you add your own thinking to challenge the thinking of others.  Do you ask questions to promote deeper thinking and invite conversation?

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How can you leverage your presence on Twitter to take ownership of your own professional learning?  How can you be a valuable contributor to the professional learning of others?


Further Resources for Consideration:

Langwitches Blog: Twitter as a Curation Tool

 Curated learning

Digging Into Curation

Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 11 – What Do We Need from Our Professional Learning Network (PLN)?

Update, December 2015

Below we refer to ZITE and Flipboard.  Flipboard has purchased Zite, and all Zite content needs to be migrated to Flipboard by Dec. 7. 2015.




Recently we have been discussing some of the tools that help us collect and share information online.  As we dig deeper into the concept of “curation” this week, it’s a good time to review why we are doing this – why setting aside time every day to connect with other educators in our PLN is so vital to our practice, and to the learning experiences of our students.

Last year, Tom Whitby (one of the co-founders of #edchat) wrote a passionate piece on The Connected Educator Culture. Reading it is well worth your time as you become a connected leader.

He concludes his post with the following statements:

What does it mean to be a connected educator?

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano explores this thinking further in the Langwitches Blog.

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(View the video by clicking on the image. The video is also embedded in Day 1 of this series.)


Getting connected is an intentional practice. It challenges our thinking about our practice and helps us engage in further learning.

As a connected learner, what do you ask of your PLN?

Consider the following list:

What I need from my PLN


How are you connected to the constant flow of resources?  In the list above, “customized magazine style RSS readers” is mentioned.

Often on Twitter, you will see a number of items shared from the personalized magazine “Zite“.

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Zite is a much-loved personalized news service with the connected educator crowd.  About eight months ago, Zite was purchased by Flipboard, a similar app.  Both products stream to your device the newest articles on the topics you choose.  As you “like” specific items, the algorithm continues to target your interests more precisely, while still maintaining access to headlines.


While Zite is still available, and Flipboard has promised to provide a process to migrate your information to Flipboard when Zite is cancelled, if you are not currently subscribed, it seems wise to start with Flipboard.

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After downloading the app to your device, follow the simple instructions to sign up.  If you link your account to your Twitter account, you can share directly to Twitter from Flipboard.

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Begin by choosing some areas of interest to start the feed.

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Instantly your customized feed becomes available.

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As you look at the articles provided, “like” those that you find valuable to your learning by clicking the heart in the bottom right corner.

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Explore the options to share directly from the article.

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Sharing directly to Twitter looks like this:

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Many connected educators have made it a habit to spend a few minutes each day, reading a customized feed like Zite or Flipboard, and sharing what they discover with their PLN.

If you are already reading and sharing, what is your favourite service or app?  How did you establish your routine of reading and sharing?  What advice do you have for those just starting to build their PLN?

Building Content Knowledge: Collaborate and Curate

Sylvia Rosenthal-Tolisano (@Langwitches) is one of my favourite bloggers.  She does visually represent the learning in incredible ways, and I have a number of her posters hanging in my classroom. BUT, it is her teaching through her blogs that I so appreciate.

In this post, “Building Content Knowledge: Collaborate and Curate”, she includes video, images, and annotations to help her reader really “see” the Digital Learning Farm (Alan November) in action!

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Tolisano never forgets the role of technology in the teaching and learning cycle. Skill-building in reading for meaning, gathering information, and note making–all key components in the research process–are front and centre here without the traditional teacher lecture and notes for students and in ways that support students’ acquisition of information literacy skills.

Take some time to explore Langwitches’ Blog. It will be worth your while.

Shared by: Julie Balen, High School English Teacher,  Wikwemikong Board of Education (@jacbalen)