So it was not even 2 months ago that I joined Twitter…
…not even two months ago that I started ‘favoriting’ all those great links other educators posted on Twitter. Great links to all kinds of interesting educational topics.
What was I going to do with all that content? I couldn’t just let my Favorites stream get even longer!
Then I ran across the terms “Content Curation” and “Social Bookmarking”. Seems these two terms are synonymous, and refer to what someone has to do with all the information they are bombarded with when they use social media – like Twitter. In his Influential Marketing Blog, Rohit Bhargava talks of five models of Content Curation: aggregation, distillation, elevation, mashups, and chronology. While his posting was fascinating (go ahead, add it to your favorites), I just wanted a place to organize my material for later use, and perhaps to share with other educators.
After looking at Evernote, Symbaloo, Diigo, Pinterest, and LiveBinders, I decided that @LiveBinders served my particular needs the best. The layout isn’t particularly visually appealing, but its organizational method closely resembles my old fashioned file cabinet and my bookshelf of 3-ring binders. Call me old, it’s OK.
In a LiveBinder, you organize each main topic into a binder, for example “Teacher Resources”. Inside each binder are tabs (I used Teacher Blogs, Classroom Tech, Teaching Articles, Flipped Classrooms, Project-Based Learning, and Game-Based Learning). Each tab can then be opened to reveal sub tabs, which are the links themselves. The cool thing is that these links are live, and not just snapshots of what WAS. Once you access them from within the binder, the links are still active.
People have been busy using LiveBinders to curate their content. There are hundreds of binders already made on just about as many topics – from weight loss and the US Presidents to using Angry Birds in the classroom. You can comment on them, rate them, and some authors even allow you to add to their binders – nothing like crowd sourcing to find the best information available!
If your ‘favorites’ stream in Twitter is getting just a tad too long, check out LiveBinders, download the “LiveBinder It” button for your toolbar, and start quickly building a resource for not only you, but for the other members of your Professional Learning Network.
My LiveBinder, “Teacher Resources” can be found here.
As always, I invite comments and suggestions – I’m always wanting to learn!