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The kids are curating

We eased into teaching curation, getting our feet wet by introducing it as a search tool a couple of weeks ago.

This week we decided to jump in completely and we chose as a platform for curating senior project research.

(Decision digression: I went back and forth between and, finally decided on because, although it required learners to do significant work upfront, once a paper is established, it requires little daily care and feeding.  I love, but I wasn’t sure the kiddos would be willing to check and curate their incoming Scoops, to make necessary decisions about curating and discarding posts and sources.  On the other hand, allows for a wider reach of curated sources and feeds. I hope that someday increases the number of feeds and tags it allows users to harness.  Next semester we may explore as a choice.)

I am not ready to share them just yet, but we beginning to grow some nifty papers on the such self-chosen topics as skateboarding, Alzheimer’s, Tibet, computer security, smoking and cancer, real estate photography, pollution, issues relating to the foster care system, and fashion.

Our big discovery:

What their teacher and I found truly surprising was that our students had no clue that Twitter could be used for anything other than personal and social purposes.

Though many were devoted Twitter users, these students were totally clueless about hashtags and lists.  They were shocked to discover they could search for and follow organizations and publications and experts.  And that by following relevant Tweeters, they could be led to truly useful articles, posts, and media.  And that, in addition to being social, networking can be academic, professional, and productive.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Fabulous that your students are curating using! I’m a fan of too.

    Wish list: I would love to see a query box for searching all archived articles. This is something used to have. That query box would make an incredibly useful resource for researchers that I could recommend without reservation.

    Any chance you could use your super powers to convince to bring back the search box?

  2. Hi Joy,

    Thanks for choosing for your classroom curation. We have a lot of teachers and kids working with the service to leverage the power of twitter in the classroom. A professor at Penn State is using for two of her classes, they are called The weekly Vibe and Class Matters. You can find them under her publishing profile

    Concerning features, we will be adding some nifty bells and whistles these next few weeks that should help you curate the links and articles you want more easily. Follow us on Twitter to stay abreast of our latest feature releases.

    If we can help you with your project this semester, drop us a line. We are happy to lend a hand!

  3. Mauilibrarian2, I will pass the request on. We have had similar requests and I agree that being able to search the archives would be a great asset.

    Let’s see what we can do!

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