Web Curation Tools

Similar to Social Bookmarking, the aim of web curation is to organize quality content and share it with others.
Uses in the library or classroom include presenting students with a structured set of web resources that save time when selecting and evaluating sites ISN'T part of what you need them to do. For instance, these sites provide a great organizational structure for teacher-created webquests.

On the OTHER hand, students can use these tools to Screen shot 2013-11-14 at 1.38.08 PM.png a series of sites that they have evaluated and found worthy. This is a perfect activity when you DO want them to evaluate and select sites based on a set of criteria.

Top ten Web 2.0 Tools for Curating (organizing) the Web:

  1. Pinterest - A relatively new site that is growing at a record pace. It's easy to use, ideal for curating the web (by saving/sharing favorite sites), and visually engaging for users. There's lots of potential for education as it is being used by educators everywhere.
  2. Bag the Web - Bag the Web is a great site for curating the web into "bags." With their educational portal, teachers and students can share resources, collect information for assignments, embed them into a site, and more.
  3. MentorMob - A site that has been getting quite a bit of press on Twitter lately, it's one of the best around for curating the web into "playlists." These playlists can contain different types of media such as video, articles, pictures, etc. Once these playlists are created, they can be rated and shared with others.
  4. List.ly - A wonderful site for curating sites into an interactive list that can be commented and voted on.
  5. Middlespot - A unique site that allows users to browse the web and stick sites onto their "dashboard," which can be edited and shared with others. More features are available for a paid account.
  6. Paper.li - A very popular site among bloggers and educators for creating an online newspaper out of their web content. Best of all, once a "newspaper" is created, Paper.li automatically updates the paper by monitoring news content.
  7. Bundlr - A great way to organize the web into "bundles." These bundles can contain all sorts of media and then be shared with others in a grid or timeline view.
  8. Scoop.it - A nice site for turning one's social media into a stunning-looking digital magazine. A very popular resource among educators on Twitter.
  9. Searcheeze - Another fun site for curating web content (text, video, images, articles) and turning it into a digital magazine that can be shared with others.
  10. Storify - A great site for telling social stories by curating web content through video, photos, and text.

Some BONUS sites:
Symbaloo Create your own webmix with buttons linking to anything on the web. You can also access the symbaloos of others as well as working collaboratively on a symbaloo. Great way to present a set of desired links on one page.
Pearltrees a place to collect, organize, and share everything on the web. In fact, a pearltree is a visual web of links. You can follow other pearlers and even collaborate on a pearltree.
Stich It allows you to pair multiple links together in a “stich.” Once you have paired all of your links together, you are given a unique URL to share with others. It gives you the ability to share a series of webpages, pictures, YouTube links, into a shareable experience that Stich.it calls a “micro web.”
Jog The Web Create a series of sites on a topic that can be visited in order or randomly when users are provided with a single link to the "Jog."