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Content Curation

Over the past ten years, content curation tools have evolved from social bookmarking sites such as Delicious and Diigo, to the more sophisticated and visually oriented sites available today. Most are web based applications that can be used on a computer and many also provide apps so that they can be used on mobile devices.

Teacher librarians have been finding, analysing, selecting, organising and sharing print resources for many years and are well placed to take on the role of content curator. As Valenza says teacher librarians know their community and understand the curriculum “we are used to taming information flow to facilitate discovery and knowledge building” (2012, para 5). Rhondda Powling (2013) also emphasizes the skills of the teacher librarian in selecting the best and most relevant content and adding value to it with annotations. Content curation tools can increase the visibility of online resources and extend the library beyond its physical boundaries. Valenza also points out a content curation tool “can also promote and lead users back to valuable print materials” (2012, para 12).

With businesses in mind, De Rossi and Good (2010) identified the attributes of good curation tools. Flintoff, Mellow & Clark (2014) adapted these attributes for education. Most tools I have experimented with are capable of the first five points but I am yet to find a tool that covers points six and seven also.

A good curation tool allows you to:

  1. Aggregate and gather web pages specific to the topic
  2. Filter content to allow the curator to select the best material
  3. Publish to your collection with ease
  4. Share, syndicate and distribute to your audience and the wider community
  5. Allow the curator to edit and add comments as well as providing a comment stream for the audience to nurture discussion around the article
  6. Analytics so you can track the usage of the site
  7. An export facility or a way to backup the curated work
    (Flintoff, Mellow & Clark, 2014, para 7)

My content curation “sandbox” currently consists of:, Pinterest, Educlipper, Pearltrees, Diigo and Flipboard. I have personal accounts for recreational and professional learning. So far, the school library accounts have been experiments in raising the profile of digital resources to support curriculum. Now I want to consolidate my content curation skills and determine which tools are most suited to my school library.


De Rossi, L. C. D., & Good, R. (2010). Real-time news curation: The complete guide. from

Flintoff, K., Mellow, P., & Clark, K. P. (2014, January 30-31). Digital curation: Opportunities for learning, teaching, research and professional development. Paper presented at the Teaching and Learning Forum, Perth: The University of Western Australia. Retrieved from

Powling, R. (2013, June 7). Talking about content curation [Web log message]. Retrieved from

Valenza, J. K. (2012). Curation. School Library Monthly, 29(1). Retrieved from

Generation Like

The documentary Frontline – Generation Like is a thought provoking look at how teenagers use and consume new media. Teenagers tell the world what they think through likes, retweets, views and follows. Companies are able to turn “the currency of likes turns into real currency”. Companies today believe the consumer is now their marketer and young people can sell a product for them and they employ complex marketing strategies to exploit this. Danah Boyd says in the documentary “Young people want attention and want validation and that’s not actually new” however the audience they can reach is much greater. Many of the teenagers interviewed speak of feeling empowered by using web 2.0 technologies. Some, such as Tyler Oakley understood that big business benefited from their activities and he used this to his advantage, but others were oblivious. I don’t believe this type if thinking is confined to teenagers. While some adults are suspicious of the ways companies such as Facebook and Google use their data, others do not give it a second thought.

Educators have an important role to play in teaching young people how to use social media safely and to question their relationship with it. I look forward to exploring this issue further throughout my studies.

creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by owenwbrown

Frontline. (2014, February 18). Generation Like [Video file]. Retrieved from