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#saveedshelf: a new model. Helping the developers on our team.

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No secret.  I am a huge fan of edshelf.  Not only as a curation platform, but as a source of reviews, as a discovery tool, as a lens on the apps and tools other educators I respect are using, as an attractive dashboard for my stakeholders–with the added value of descriptions, tutorials and so much [...]

Librarians wanted for smashing, blending, toolkit building.

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Tell me if you’ve seen this happen. A classroom teacher or a teacher librarian friend attends a workshop or a webinar about a certain app, masters it and tries to use it, a lot.  There are likely better tools for the various tasks at hand, but they aren’t easily discoverable. Pre-service training does not prepare [...]

edshelf: it’s a directory, it’s a review portal, it’s a community, it’s a curation tool . . .

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Look, up in the cloud!  It’s a directory.  It’s a review portal.  It’s a community. It’s a launchpad. It’s a curation tool.  It’s a playlist creator.  It’s an easy source of icons and QR codes. I’ve been using edshelf for some time now and it’s kinda become one of my superheroes for curating apps and [...]

Vellum for flipping Twitter

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This week, The New York Times publicly launched Vellum, an experiment that creates a reading layer over your Twitter feed and flips its focus. Vellum focuses on the shared content of a tweet, treating shared links, with their full titles and descriptions, as primary content and tweeted commentary as secondary content. Links are ranked by how [...]

Are you teaching kids to curate?

Hi folks, Brenda Boyer, Della Curtis and I are finishing up our upcoming ALA book project on curation and there’s a missing piece we need your help with. We’d like to know about how librarians (and classroom teachers) are teaching students to perform digital curation.  What tools are you using? How is student curation integrated [...]

Census visualization and a data set round-up

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Earlier this week, Gary Price shared news from the Census Bureau relating to its efforts to increase the use of visualization in making data available to the public. Part of the effort is this beautiful gallery.  The Bureau shares its plan: The first posted visualizations will pertain largely to historical population data, building on prior [...]

K.C. Boyd: Archiving academic culture and building community presence on Pinterest

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In working on a long piece about how youth services librarians are using Pinterest, I discovered the work of K.C. Boyd, who leverages social media to promote the image of her school, to build community, and to archive her students’ work. K.C. Boyd, is the Library Media Specialist at the Wendell Phillips Academy High School  (Chicago [...]

Pin your resolutions with ASCD

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With its 17 boards (including Best Pins of 2013 and Education Infographics) and hundreds of pins, ASCD has built a huge professional presence on Pinterest. And it presents a solid curation model for other professional organizations. ASCD’s new Pin to Win 2014 Education Resolutions with ASCD ups and crowd-sources those curation efforts. Educators are invited [...]

Digital curation survey: help us build our sample!

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Brenda Boyer, Della Curtis and I are trying to better understand the state-of-the-art relating to digital curation across LibraryLand.  And we hope you’ll help us share and distribute this 10 or 15-minute survey among your colleagues and friends in public, academic and special libraries. We welcome additional school library participation and we are especially interested in expanding our [...]

Brickflow for hashtag-based storytelling

One of my favorite tools for curating a breaking story as reported in social media has been Storify.   It’s widely used by journalists to aggregate news photos, videos, and tweets. Conference goers use it to grab and archive memorable moments.  I found it particularly handy to make sense of the multiple feeds emerging from the IASL [...]