Content Curation and Aggregation

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.

curation and aggregation

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.

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  1. Thanks Tim for sharing the difference here. I also think the degree to which we review ideas/content is really important. I’ll be interested to see how you view Paper.li and scoop.it after you’ve used them for a while.

    1. I’m looking forward to using both of them to get a deeper understanding of how to make them work for me. Thanks, Michelle

  2. Sorry Michelle, I was working on a comment on Tim’s when I posted this. I blame old age as I turned 50 this week. 😉

  3. Hi Michelle,

    Great post. I choose Scoop as well. Actually I think the majority of the class is using it hahaha. Out of curiosity, how did you find the other educators and professionals on Twitter? Did you know them beforehand or do a search? Best of luck!

    cheers,
    Kyle

    1. Kyle,
      I started using Twitter at a statewide technology conference a few years ago. I followed the presenters of the sessions I attended and also looked at who they were following. If there is someone that you follow and you really enjoy their posts, check out who they follow, and then follow them yourself. The great thing is that unfollowing someone is really easy if you end up deciding that their posts aren’t what you need. Hope this helps!
      Michelle

  4. Michelle,
    I too am using Scoop.it for my curation tool. Also I found the article 55 Content Curation Tools To Discover & Share Digital Content on Teach Thought. I thought it was an extremely interesting article and I loved the fact that they had other tools as well as the ones that had been mentioned through class. Also I really enjoyed the video you posted about Scoop.it. Thanks

    Tara

    1. Tara,
      Thanks for your comment. I found Scoop.it to be the easiest and most manageable for the short amount of time I was able to investigate the different tools. I really liked that I could create my own topics and ultimately decide which ones to add.
      Michelle

  5. Michelle,
    I am always excited to read your posts because you have such a grasp of the technology and you have a great way of presenting information that is clear and concise.

    The visual on creation versus aggregation was helpful as was the YouTube video on Scoop.it. I feel that I have learned a lot about this topic by doing the readings, preparing my post but also reading all the posts from our classmates. Thanks for putting together such a comprehensive post for us.

    I had made a decision earlier in the week to use Scoop.it, and I have started gathering resources, but I am going to take some time to investigate Pearltrees this weekend. I think it has a chance since a teacher in our middle school is using it with many students and he loves it. He is the blended learning coordinator who is doing some flipped lessons. He talks about Pearltrees all the time, but I never had time to check it out. Now that I know it’s on the Top 10 list, I think it’s worthy of consideration.

    We are using Google+ in the EDIM 510 Web 2.0 class and after this week’s assignment, I can see some value of curating resources there as well. So many options, so little time!

    ~Laurie

    1. Laurie,
      Thanks for all the kind words! I really enjoyed the Web 2.0 class as well. I have so many tools for different jobs that sometimes I forget where I put what I’m looking for. Many times it comes down to personal preference for me. I look for what I find the easiest to use that will get the job done. I’m appreciative of all the EDIM classes and the exposure each gives us to different web tools. I wouldn’t investigate as many tools as I have without each teacher’s guidance. I’ll check out your post on Pearltrees too!
      Michelle

  6. Michelle,
    I have to thank you for this post. Your breakdown of the differences between curation and aggregation has helped me understand the reasoning behind the two. I also felt scoop.it was the best tool. I feel that I still have a lot more to learn, but it seems to be the most user friendly. Thanks again for your insight. I’m sure I’m not the only one you helped out!

  7. Hey Michelle –

    Great post! I love all the resources you included and how you describe the different optimal uses between Scoop.it and Papper.li. I am interested in learning more about Scoop.it – it seems to be a popular tool that is user-friendly. I am not an educator, so I built my readers around important issues in my life – the most recent one being my daughter’s food allergies. Just out of curiosity, how often do you find new authors to follow or add a new feed? I feel like I am adding a lot of feeds right now, but it might be because I am just building the information reader, and have not found all that I am looking for just yet.

    Thanks for your post!

    A

    1. Allie,
      I installed the scoop.it bookmarklet. It is a button on my favorites toolbar that enables me to instantly add something to my feeds. I use it often, especially when browsing Twitter at the end of the day. I add more things when I am researching a specific topic. Hope this helps.
      Michelle

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