As I was reading about content creation and aggregation this week, I picked two websites to explore from the article, 55 Content Curation Tools To Discover & Share Digital Content. At first, I was confused between content curation and content aggregation. The understanding that I have of the two based on Content Curation Vs Content Aggregation: The Basics is that content curation is manually searching for content and sharing with others while content aggregation is when a website automatically collects content based on key words.
I created accounts for Scoop.it and Paper.li to learn more about content curation and aggregation. According to my understanding of the two, Scoop.it would be considered more of a curation tool while Paper.li would be an aggregation tool. Scoop.it can become an aggregation tool if you share it with your social media groups and followers. The co-founder and CEO of Scoop.it explains that it was created to find great things on the web, make it your own and share it with others.
My preference between the two tools is Scoop.it. I prefer selecting the items manually. I checked each resource before adding it to my topic. I tend to enjoy resources from fellow educators that have used technology in their classrooms and then share the successes and challenges. For example, if I were to read two resources on flipping the classroom, one by an educator that has been using the method in their classroom and another from a different source, I am more likely to relate to and give more attention to the resource from a fellow educator. I found more value in being able to choose what would become part of my topic unlike Paper.li which chooses it for me based on my Twitter sources.
I think I have a great balance of educators and professionals that I’m following on Twitter which helps me get different perspectives on different topics. I’m going to keep the accounts on both websites. My Scoop.it account will allow me to focus on specific topics while my Paper.li account will challenge me to look outside my comfort zone and try new technology tools or ways to integrate technology in my classroom. I definitely need to use and become more familiar with both websites to get the most out of them.