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Curation, collection and connection with Scoop.it

I came across Scoop.it in its Beta days, and played to see what it could offer.

Now, after playing with it for a few months, I see it as a tool for not only collecting posts on the latest on the web, but also as a great source for sharing collective knowledge.

To begin, I used the inbuilt curation tools (which are based on the keywords and descriptions you give your topic) to collect websites and comments on my chosen topics. Later on, I used Scoop.it as I browsed the web and came across sites relevant to topics I was investigating.

My latest discovery is that you can search what others are curating, and easily link to their collections, to get another perspective. Knowing colleagues’ Scoops is of course another way to gain insight…

So why ‘scoop.it’?

  • to collect web pages to a central visual location
  • to gain automatically generated suggestions, relevant (sometimes) to your interests
  • to pick the brain of other curators (both friends and strangers)
  • use a random search to see what others are doing

How to

  1. Login to http://www.scoop.it
  2. Dashboard allows you to create a topic (make it as specific as you can). Include keywords to generate suggestions.
  3. To collect your own ‘scoops’, you need to download the bookmarklet (to your favourites list or favourites bar). This allows you to Scoop.it when you are on a relevant page to your topic with just a click. (Make sure you scoop to the right topic, if you have more than one.) You can select an image from the page, add a comment or edit in any way you want before your scoop is added.
  4. Once added, you can also play with where you want the latest scoop to be displayed, and move your scoops around to suit.

Another incredibly valuable part of Scoop.it, is the ability to search and follow the scoops of others. Sharing your addresses on Twitter and other social networks allow others to see what you are curating, and vice versa. You can also search for a topic you might be thinking about, and select from suggested titles. Once you ‘follow’ a topic, notifications of additions can be delivered to your designated email address, daily, weekly, or not at all.

Currently, there is a limit of 5 topics which you can generate on a free account. (To generate more, you need to delete an old one, or upgrade for a fee.) Since the data generated should of itself be fresh, new and current, this may not be a bad thing – so maybe view it as a ephemeral exercise, requiring comnstant renewal, regeneration or removal.

Much of the value of Scoop.it actually lies in what your fellow researchers have unearthed, and valued within their own specialities. Scoop.it is yet another social networking tool well worth looking into.

(I will update this page soon with suggestions from colleagues about using Scoop.it in an educational setting – so check back soon! or make a suggestion in your comment…)

Examples

From Teacher Librarians:

Apps for Learning (Tania Sheko)

Boys and Reading (Heather Stapleton)

BYOD BYOT @ School (Leanne Windsor)

Ebooks in Libraries (Carmel Galvin)

Exploring Visual Arts  (Marita Thomson)

Differentiated Teaching (Anne Weaver)

Graphic Novels in the Classroom (Di Laycock)

Perspectives on eBooks

Web 2.0 Tools for English teachers

From other practitioners (some in education)

Attention (Howard Rheingold)

Design for Students (Leanne McLean)

Geography Education (Seth Dixon)

Social Media, Technology and Design (Alex Butler)

Social Networking for Information Professionals (Judy O’Connell)

Technology to Educate (Jason Baughman)

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