For many months now I have been coming across articles about curation and education on Twitter and by visiting my favorite bloggers. Curators have been around for centuries but the idea of people being curators of digital information and designing applications to assist them in this endeavor is not that old. After reading several articles my composite definition of digital curation is the ability to select content relative to a specific topic, organize, maintain and preserve it for sharing.
Scoop.it! It is an information location tool centered on a subject of your choice. You pick and choose what appears on your page after Scoop.it! has browsed the web based upon your interests. You can add and edit topics. A completed Scoop.it! theme can be shared with others of similar passions enabling them to suggest other possible resources that can become part of your site.
To begin using Scoop.it! click on Get an Invite. Complete the form filling in your full name and email address. Optional blanks are listing your Twitter account, the topic you might create, and what your take on blogging and other social media is. In their Terms policy they are firm in that this service is not to be used by minors under 12 years of age. If minors over 12 years of age use the service they are to do so only with parental permission.
After reading a couple of thoughts on curating click NEXT. The following page offers users the opportunity to add a bookmarklet to their browser. When surfing the Internet if a good site is found that you want to add to your topic just click on the bookmarklet and it will automatically be added to the topic page. Select the NEXT button. At the following page select the START CURATING AND HAVE FUN tab.
This online tool is a step toward a new generation of web applications that will benefit users personally and in the education field. For our 21st century learners this offers them the perfect opportunity to think, create, share and grow.