Content curation is the process of collecting, organizing and displaying information relevant to a particular topic or area of interest.
Looking for the right content curation tool to organize and maximize your own learning, as well as make content easily accessible to others? There are now many tools that we can take advantage of. In the early days, we relied on social bookmarking tools like Delicious.com, Diigo.com and others. Many of us also adopted Evernote–before they shut down their RSS feed feature for Notebooks, added complexity upon simplicity, making it cumbersome–and a host of other curation tools that allowed us to collect, organize, then share.
Over the last month or so, I have been using OneNote as a content notebook. Here’s how I do it:
1) On Mobile and/or computer, I bookmark an item using Diigo for Education or Read It Later’s Pocket. I’m increasingly going back to Diigo because it allows me to bookmark items, creating an RSS feed from a tag.
2) Once in Diigo, IFTTT.com makes several other things possible:
- All my public bookmarks in Diigo are auto-tweeted. That’s right, if I bookmark something, it is automatically dropped into my twitter feed.
- Depending on the one word description (e.g. tag) I add in Diigo, that blog entry ends up in my OneNote notebook in the appropriate section. That’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? You can see those show up online in the Tutorials section. It’s pretty amazing…saves tons of work in trying to curate content for others.
- TCEA Connect! – http://ly.tcea.org/connect
3) Diigo also gives me the option to drop content in a Diigo Group, which can make content curation a collaborative event for a trusted group of “sharers.” While I realize that Diigo Groups is evolving into “teams,” Diigo Groups represents the easiest way to build an online community that facilitates sharing. After years of looking for better ways, I haven’t found one that is so easily done.
Give Diigo a try again, don’t turn your nose up at it even if it’s been around for 10+ years! (Hard to believe!). Vicki “Coolcat Teacher” Davis has a great series of Diigo video tutorials. The benefit of old technologies like Diigo is that they are well-established but I bet most folks aren’t taking advantage of its RSS feeds for tags and easy group sharing!