Welcome to the sixth and penultimate step in our free professional learning series on building your PLN.

In this activity you will explore:

  1. What content curation is and the benefits of content curation.
  2. A simple framework for getting started with content curation.
  3. A range of different tools that you can choose from to make content curation easier.

What Is Content Curation?

We are living in an era of information overload. There is so much content shared online that we actively seek out people who have good content curation skills to help us “sort the wheat from the chaff”.

A person with good curation skills saves us time by sifting through the vast abundance of content on the internet to select the best, most relevant resources on a specific topic or theme. The curator organizes, manages, and collates for their own use and shares with us.

If you look closely at most educators with a high following on social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram you’ll notice that most are great content curators and share excellent resources.

Their sharing and content curation skills helped them build their PLN.

information hydrant
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Will Lion via Compfight

Video: What Is Content Creation?

This 90 second video provides a useful overview of content creation.

21st Century Content Curation

Of course, content curation is nothing new. It has been an important skill for hundreds of years — think of newspapers, art galleries, museums, or simple storytelling.

Teachers have always been curators too — bringing together the most worthwhile materials to help their students learn. In the past, this might have been limited to books, posters, concrete materials, guest speakers, etc. But of course, there are so many wonderful digital resources available now too.

Content curation has been happening since the beginning of time in some form or another; however, it’s becoming increasingly worthwhile and complex as the volume of information online continues to increase.

21st century content curation can involve finding, verifying, organizing, annotating, remixing, creating, collating, and sharing.

This might sound overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. Luckily, there are some excellent free digital tools for content curation which we’ll explore in this post.

The Benefits Of Content Curation

The main reasons why educators curate content include:

  1. To find, organize, and manage information and resources on specific topics.
  2. To stay informed about the latest information on specific topics which leads to professional growth.
  3. To learn through the process. As you search for and curate the best resources, you reflect on their value and you may develop new ways of thinking.
  4. To help build their PLN. Networks actively seek and follow good content curators because they save us time.
  5. To learn how to curate themselves so they can teach students how to curate content for research, their interests, and passions. Curation is an important part of being digitally literate.

Learn more about students as content curators in this excellent short video by John Spencer.

The Curation Process

We made this diagram to simplify the process of content curation. Feel free to use it on your blog or share with others.

Read, Editorialize, Share -- The Basics Of Content Curation Edublogs PLN Teacher Challenge

1) Read — Visit your favorite blogs or social media accounts, use curation tools like Flipboard or Feedly, or perhaps subscribe to newsletters. This consumption might mostly include text-based materials but don’t forget podcasts and videos too.

FILTER — Before moving on to the next step, you need to filter. You do not just want to share anything and everything. Check out Are You a Curator or a Dumper? by Jennifer Gonzalez. You also need to verify and make sure you don’t share anything that might not be true.

2) Editorialize — Here is where you need to add your own touches to your findings to help others. This involves considering your audience and what they might be interested in. You might even put together a few similar resources that complement or contrast each other.

CREATE — Before sharing, you might consider if you could create something with the content. This could be putting your favorite quote on a graphic to make your findings more shareable. Or maybe you could make your own infographic to share based on your findings.

3) Share — As we’re discovering throughout this PLN series, you can share with your PLN in a wide range of ways. Commonly, teachers will share with their network via their blog or social media. Sometimes you might want to compile resources together into one location using a tool like Wakelet, Google Docs, or Padlet. Once you share, be willing to interact with your PLN. Invite them to comment by asking questions and don’t forget to reply to any comments. Needless to say, when you’re sharing other people’s work, you should make it clear where it’s from.

Note: we’ll be explaining the tools mentioned above further on in this post. 

Examples Of Shared Content On Twitter

Content curation is not just finding a link and putting it in a tweet. Your PLN is not going to get much value out of that.

As the curator, you can challenge yourself to do a little more from time to time.

Here are some examples of curated work from educators.

Tony Vincent is well known for his graphics he creates for social media. These are always shared extensively.

Shannon McClintock Miller put together this Padlet with ideas of books to celebrate International Dot Day.

Jake Miller regularly makes GIFs to enhance his tweets which are well received by his followers.

Quotes are always popular additions to tweets. Check out our post on quotes if you want to learn how to make your own.

Sketchnoting has taken the edtech world by storm over the last few years. Julie Woodard is well known for her excellent sketchnotes which are a great way to visualize and summarize content. Here’s an example:

BookSnaps are a popular choice for sharing snippets of professional reading. Tara Martin coined the term BookSnaps and you can read more about them on her website.

Here is an example of a simple BookSnap from Jennifer Tod.

Emojis can catch a reader’s eye and make a nice addition to a summary for the time poor.

Digital Curation Tools

There are a plethora of free digital tools you can use to help with content curation.

Tools generally fall into one of these three categories.

  • News discovery tools — Use your preferred news discovery tool to select and aggregate the content. News discovery tools save time by feeding you the most relevant content. Examples of news discovery tools include Feedly, Flipboard, Nuzzle, and following a hashtag on Twitter.
  • Curation tools — Use your preferred curation tools to display your content with context, organization, annotation, and presentation. Examples of curation tools include Scoop.IT, Flipboard, Diigo, Wakelet, LiveBinder, or a blog.
  • Sharing tools — Select which networks you share your curated content on. For example, you might share the content on Twitter and Facebook. Some people will choose to follow your curated content via your curation tools (such as follow you on Scoop.IT, Pinterest, Flipboard Magazine, or Diigo).

Overview Of Popular Curation Tools

Which tools you use, and how you curate, is very personal.

You might have a set workflow that you follow regularly, or you might dip in and out of using different tools depending on your mood and needs.

We’ll now provide a snapshot of how some of the more popular curation tools work. These include:

  • Blogs
  • Wakelet
  • Nuzzel
  • Pocket
  • Diigo
  • Evernote
  • Flipboard
  • LiveBinders
  • Pinterest
  • Scoop.it

Blogs

Blogs posts are a popular way of curating content because:

  • You can dive deeper and write a detailed elaboration. You may find that the act of writing helps to transform your vague ideas into well structured thoughts.
  • You can customize and organize vast amounts of information in meaningful ways.
  • You might write a post about a single article you’ve read, or create a round-up post. This is where you share links to great content from multiple sources about a specific topic. Ideally, you’d add your own short annotations too.

Refer to Silvia Tolisano’s post on blogging as a curation platform for more information.

Check out these examples of educators who curate content using blogs:

For those who are new to blogging, we recommend you work through our personal blogging series. This series takes you step-by-step through the process of setting up your own personal educator blog.

Wakelet

Wakelet allows you to save, organize and tell stories with content from around the web.

This is a relatively new tool that is becoming very popular with teachers.

You can sign up for free or create a quick collection without signing up. There’s also a browser extension to save links from the web.

Your collections can be public or private. You can also embed collections on any blog or website.

Here’s a simple example:

Find out more about Wakelet including how to get set up and how to use it in the classroom in this post. 

4 steps to getting started with Wakelet by Kathleen Morris

Nuzzel

Nuzzel logoNuzzel is a ‘news monitoring and research tool’.

If you’re on Twitter or Facebook you might have found that it can be serendipitous in nature. You sometimes just ‘see what you see’ and there are no guarantees that you won’t miss the most interesting or important stories.

When you sign up for a free Nuzzel account you can get a curated email sent to you daily with the top stories from the people you follow.

This is really handy to stay abreast of important stories. You can then explore those links and decide whether they’re worth sharing with your PLN.

With Nuzzel, you can curate your own newsletter for your followers too. You can include stories you find interesting and add a personal touch with a headline and comments.

Your PLN can subscribe to your newsletter and you can share it on social media like Troy Hicks has done here.

Pocket

Sometimes you’re browsing the web or social media and you come across an interesting article, video, or link. You’d like to read it but you might be short on time.

This is where Pocket comes in. You put that item ‘in your Pocket’ for later.

You can save directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Feedly, or Flipboard. You can view it again when you’re ready — from your computer, phone, or tablet. You can even view the item when you’re offline.

When you’ve reviewed the items you’ve saved, you can then decided if there are any you’d like to share with your PLN.

The ad-supported version of Pocket is totally free.

Watch how this user reads his saved articles on the Pocket app.

Diigo

Diigo is a free social bookmarking tool that allows users to share online resources like websites, articles, and online tools in a private or public group format.

The benefit of using a social bookmarking tool is it allows you to organize and store your bookmarks online rather than in the browser of your computer.

This means you can log into your account, on any device, at any time, and easily find your bookmarks.

Watch the following video by Ms. Lamm to learn more about Diigo.

Check out these examples of how these educators use Diigo:

  1. Vicki Davis
  2. Vicky Sedgwick
  3. Anne Mirtschin

Evernote

Evernote enables you to collect information, curate resources, find your resources, and share with others all from the one workspace.

With Evernote, your notes, web clips, files, images, and voice memos can be sorted into folders, tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched, and accessed whenever you need them on any of your devices.

Evernote also enables you to view, input, and edit data even when offline.

Watch this short overview by Lindsey Maczynski about curation using Evernote.

Note: While there are still many teachers who enjoy using Evernote, changes to the free plan in 2016 resulted in some educators switching to other options. 

Flipboard

Flipboard was originally designed as a social network aggregation, magazine-format app for iPad in 2010. It’s now the most popular of the magazine-like content aggregation apps.

Flipboard’s strength is you are able to bring your social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn into one location alongside your favorite news sources and anything else you like to read, or watch (like YouTube). On top of this, it’s easy to share your favorite content with your social networks and easy to curate your favorite content into Flipboard magazine(s).

Watch this video to learn more about Flipboard.

Flipboard is a powerful tool for curating your favorite content into magazine(s).

The benefits of using a Flipboard magazine include:

  1. Quickly curating and sharing articles you like directly to your own magazine from within Flipboard (or using the Flip It bookmarklet in your web browser), while also sharing the articles with your social networks at the same time!
  2. Other Flipboard users can subscribe to your Flipboard magazine(s) allowing them to easily read the articles you like to share.
  3. Anyone who clicks on a link can read your magazine using their web browser regardless of whether or not they have a Flipboard account.

Here are links to some example Flipboard Magazines:

Watch this video to see how Sue Waters uses Flipboard.

You’ll find detailed step-by-step instructions on how to set up and use Flipboard here.

LiveBinders

LiveBinders is your digital binder for all of your online content and learning.

With your LiveBinder, you can create a central hub full of resources on a topic that you choose. Almost everything that you can think of can be added to your LiveBinder – links to websites, YouTube videos, Flickr images, PDF/Microsoft Word documents, and QR codes are just some examples of rich content for your LiveBinder.

Check out Joy Kirr’s Genius Hour LiveBinder to see how Livebinder can be used for curating resources.

Click here to open this binder in a new window.

Refer to the Educator’s Guide to LiveBinders to get started.

Pinterest

Pinterest is a virtual bulletin board or pinboard that allows you to find and curate images, videos, or websites.

The visual aspect of Pinterest is a key reason why it’s captured the interest of so many.

You add items to your Pinterest accounts using pins. A pin is a visual bookmark which could be an image, video, slideshare, or a web clip of a site.

When you click on a pin it takes you to the site where the pin was sourced from so you can learn more.

Some people think of Pinterest as a social media platform but it’s really more like a search engine. Pinterest calls itself a visual discovery engine.

Watch this video tutorial to learn more about Pinterest.

You can check out how we use Pinterest here.

Examples of educators using Pinterest to curate and share:

  1. Eric Sheninger
  2. Larry Ferlazzo
  3. Vicky Davis
  4. Cult of Pedagogy

Scoop.it

Scoop.it allows you to create a web page to share what you find interesting with the world.

It does this combining clever curation tools that make it easy to gather content in one place with a wide range of sharing functionalities to let people know about your Scoop.it page.

Watch this video to learn more about Scoop.it.

Check out these examples of how Scoop.it can be used:

For more information on Scoop.it refer to how to keep your content fresh with Scoop.it.

Curation Pitfalls

Kay Oddone created this diagram based on a presentation by Joyce Seitzinger.

It summarizes some of the pitfalls you want to avoid as a content curator.

Content Curation Pitfalls
Image by Kay Oddone

The Hoarder: a curator who collects everything indiscriminately, who doesn’t organise their content, and doesn’t share – this is really closer to simple aggregation than curation.

The Scrooge: one who, similarly hoards their information – although they may organise their collection, they don’t share either; one of the key purposes of educational content curation!

The Tabloid (or National Enquirer): a collector who indiscriminately collates everything together, and generously shares this aggregation, whether others want/need it or not!

The Robot: a curator who uses tools to shares automatically, with no context related additions or value adding; in this case, the curation is really no better than providing a list of Google search results.

Avoiding these pitfalls is what differentiates the effective content curator from those simply ‘collecting’ content.

Visit Kay’s post to learn more about content curation.

Create Your Own Workflow

Remember, while there are tools that can help with the aggregation and organization of all the great resources you’re coming across, technology can’t do the curation. This is the job for a human who knows their audience (their PLN).

We encourage you to try out the following process if you’re ready to give content curation a go:

  1. Find the tool(s) that you prefer to use for news discovery, for curation, and for sharing.
  2. Curate the content that helps you, and is helpful for others.
  3. Make it part of your routine to curate and share content.

As you get going and try different tools, your wants and needs might evolve. You’ll figure out the pros and cons of different tools as you use them.

Stick with it and you’ll begin to develop your own workflow that works for you!

Want to see an example of a workflow?

Richard Byrne is a master curator, keeping hundreds of thousands of teachers in the loop on a daily basis. Watch how he uses Feedly and Google Keep together.

Watch David McGavock’s video to see how he use Netvibes, Scoop.IT, and Diigo as his curation and learning tools.

Your Task

It’s now time to take action!

We’d like you to add your voice and ideas to our ongoing conversation about PLNs by undertaking one or more of these challenges:

  1. Review our list of popular curation tools. Leave a comment on this post to share what tools you currently use (and why) for news discovery, curation, and sharing. Tell us which of the curation tools you plan to try and why. Do you have any other tools to add that you’ve tried or heard about?
  2. Set up an account. Choose one of the popular curation tools such as Flipboard, Nuzzel, Scoop.it, or Pinterest. Sign up and leave a link to your account so others can take a look and follow you.
  3. Interesting tweet. Find an example of a tweet where someone has curated and shared some information in an interesting way. Maybe they included a summary, visual, sketchnote, GIF, or quote. Share the link to the tweet so we can take a look!
  4. Write a post on your blog. Share your own thoughts about curation. Please include @edublogs if you tweet your post so we can share your post with our network. Leave a comment with a link to your post so we can read it! In your blog post, you might like to cover topics like:
    • What do you see as the advantages of curating content?
    • What tips do you have for newbies?
    • What did you learn about content curation that you didn’t know?
    • What are your future goals for content curation?
    • How could you teach your students something about content curation?

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474 thoughts on “Step 6: Using Curation Tools As A Connected Educator

  1. I really liked the curation tool called Nuzzel. I like that it can be embedded with other platforms such as twitter and facebook. I also like that it automatically emails you newsletters each day from those that you follow. This is nice being that it takes into account the individuals you follow and the content that they are likely to share, keeping you informed!I also like that you can create your own newsletters to share information with others as well. The second tool I found interesting was pocket. I love the idea of putting things in your “pocket” for later. This can be so helpful because I often find myself short on time or just not in the mood at the moment and then I end up losing the article when I am ready to read or have the time to. I also love the fact that this folder can be accessed through other applications. It gives individuals the opportunity to save content information in one relative place on their devices.

  2. I typically use twitter, and daily podcasts for my news. I typically choose them based off of if the content maker is interesting, and I try to make sure that I follow people from both left- and right-wing perspectives. These tools are very easy for me to incorporate into my life as I can listen to a podcast as I shower, do chores, and drive, and twitter is better when I have time to read posts and articles. I really like Pocket since I will be able to use it off-line.

  3. Personally, I have only used Pinterest out of all of these. Pinterest has been my favorite platform for many years. It has allowed me to be creative and find lots of projects or lessons for students. When others ask me how I got an idea, I usually say Pinterest is my best friend. I wanted to try another popular curation tool so I created an account for Flipboard. I have already found curated topics and posts for my interests. Here I will link my account: https://flipboard.com/@CarmenCanino?from=share&utm_source=flipboard&utm_medium=curator_share

  4. I currently use Pocket for news discovery. I love that not only can I save any article for later reading, I can also choose the text-to-speech option if I want to listen to any of my saved articles while I am walking to school, work, etc. I have used Padlet in the past to curate and share content with my students. It has a nice, customizable interface that allows for students to interact with each other and the content in a variety of ways (e.g. GIF, Youtube links, written responses, etc.) While I have used Pinterest as a way to discover content, I would like to use it as a way to curate and share content in the future, as it appears to make categorizing simple and accessible to others.

  5. An interesting tweet that I found was posted by Kindergarten teacher @msjvillamizar. I thought it was cute since it opened up a memory that I had of learning about the butterfly life cycle. Except I was in High School when we did this. I remember after the butterflies growing up, we took them outside and they flew away to continue their journey. Over-all, I think this is such a fun class idea!

    https://twitter.com/msjvillamizar/status/1508841941156483076?s=21&t=wJHqtSus0qcp3qEZJOK8tg

  6. As I am not in an educational setting, I have not used any of the above mentioned curation tools for the purpose of education. However, I do intend on using Pinterest as a building block once I reach that stage of my career. I love how easy it is to set up boards for other topics to pool together unique ideas and information that I could potentially use. As well, it is incredibly useful in terms of sharing content as the platform is very user friendly.

  7. A curation tool that I currently use is Pinterest. I don’t personally share anything on Pinterest but I do use it to search for inspiration for things such as home design, cooking, fashion, and arts and crafts. However, I plan to use Pinterest as a part of my PLN to search for things related to education. I tool that I do not currently use but plan on trying is pocket. I believe that it would be a wonderful resource to have in order to save things I want to view but cannot currently. Too often I come across something that I am interested in reading or watching but do not have the time to do so immediately. I then end up not being able to find it later and lose the opportunity to view it completely. Therefore, this would solve this issue and I think would play a major role in my PLN.

  8. I have used Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and blogs to curate my information. I find that I use the two social media outlets to be up to date on news and relevant information, while also being connected to others that share same interest in content/topics. I use Pinterest and blogs to discover new ways for lessons, strategies, etc. to keep students engaged and help them better understand the content or topic. I like to think that I could use scoop.it in the future to create web page for students or other educators that has resources and lessons that cater to their different needs. I think that Wakelet and Nuzzle could be potential resources in creating a web page or even lessons.

  9. Pinterest is a tool I was already familiar with and finds very useful in my day-to-day life. Pocket sounds very useful before I when I found an article interesting I would save the link to my home screen and shortly forget about it

  10. I like to use Pinterest to look at new ideas in the classroom or ideas for activities for lesson plans. I will pin it to my board for me to go look back at and always use at my leisure. Pinterest is really easy to use and understand and it keeps everything in organized way.

  11. I have been on Pinterest for many years and I love the app since it helps me find new ideas for simple tasks. I have found it helpful for the curation of creating mini-lessons or I use it to help me think of different lesson activities when I am stuck on a topic. I feel a lot of teachers are on Pinterest and they are willing to share their ideas, lessons, classroom layout, management, and organization. And a majority of their post can take you to their blog or to their other social media.

  12. Pinterest is one of my favorite platforms to use. They have so many resources for a wide variety of activities and materials. Most of the time the posts are linked to an external website to other blogs.

  13. One of the listed tasks was Pinterest, which I find very helpful and use in my everyday life. The uses of Pinterest can go from recipe lists, classroom layouts, to clothing and accessories. Moreover, I tend to use Pinterest as I search for activities and short lessons that I can introduce to my students. It also is a great partner for classroom organization, which can be found through the various shelving and labelling options. Pinterest is so beneficial and is a wonderful tool.

  14. I currently use social media as my main source of news discovery. Although social media isn’t the best place to get your information, it is a great place to stay updated on current events. Even if the events are inaccurately portrayed on social media, I usually do my own research outside of it using Google. One social media platform I use called Snapchat even has a story where NBC News posts the most urgent/relevant stories and updates its audience at least twice a day.
    One of the curation tools I plan on trying is Pinterest because I have heard so many good things about it. I have heard that many people get design ideas from Pinterest, but I didn’t know they had anything about the news. So, I am interested in giving it a chance.

  15. There are a lot of resources to use for curation. One that I didn’t realize that I used regularly is Pinterest. It is filled with such great information and allows you to keep your boards organized. It also allows you to post your own information and follow other creators that you love. I also really liked the idea of Pocket. I had never heard of this before but it would be an awesome tool for me. To be able to save the articles you want to read for later can be hard but this makes it so easy! Definitely such a good find.

  16. I chose to use the Content Curation tool Pocket. I honestly am so happy to have found a resource like this site! Even outside of the realm of technology and use for my PLN, I often just find myself overwhelmed with schoolwork, student teaching, and life in general. This website/app allow me a space to go whenever I finally have some downtime to read article x that seemed so interesting before I got completely distracted by the 24-hour news cycle and forgot it entirely. As far as its use for PLN goes, I’m sure it will be great just as I often forget about news articles it can be easy to do with educational content as well.

  17. Pinterest is my favorite online curation tool that I currently use and plan to continue using. It is essentially a social media site that allows you to search for content from other creators and pin it to your own board (page) and create your own content that others can pin to their boards. It is basically a way to make a virtual inspiration board or anchor chart and it is a great tool to use to get ideas. I have used Pinterest since I was in middle school and the only thing that has changed about how I use it is what I’m using it for. I have always used it to get ideas for things not necessarily related to teaching (like nail art inspiration, new hairstyles to try, recipes to make, etc.) – all things I still use it for – but now that has opened up to the classroom decoration ideas, activity inspiration, management techniques, etc. The great thing about Pinterest is you can use it for so many different things but still find a way to compile them all together and personalize them so that it specifically fits the vision that you have.

  18. Personally, in terms of popular curation tools, ones I use are Pintrest and blogs. I love how you can search and really find amazing ideas, pictures and ideas with relative ease. While I do not use these as much for educational purposes as I do personal purposes, this will begin to change (especially as I graduate college and move onto the workforce). I plan to try and look at flipboard and livebinders, since they peaked my interest and seemed beneficial in the descriptions of them above. I’m sure there are more tools out there though, and it would be interesting to look deeper!

  19. I have used Pinterest for a variety of uses, both personal and professional. It is my go-to creative, inspirational place for ideas. After looking through all of recommendations on this page, I think I would definitely use Diigo for my grad class and will set that up soon. I am also interested in Wakelet and Pocket for keeping all of those ideas and articles I when I am going through social media. It could be very handy to have them all in one place.

  20. I am really excited about using pocket. This is a perfect tool for me because I hardly ever have time to sit down and read things I want to read. Then when I try to go back and find them I can’t. This will help a ton.

  21. Like I mentioned before, I use Pinterest all the time. I think it’s a great way to get relevant information fast and easy without feeling like you’re working hard. You can do it in your free time throughout the day and it has helped me come up with so many different ideas that I can implement in my lessons.

  22. I didn’t realize the amount of curating tools that I have already been utilizing throughout my internet experience. I have seen many of these outlines and tools through blogs that I have read through the year. The one curator tool that I use above all others is Pinterest.

  23. I currently use pinterest as a curation tool just because it seems to be the most user friendly.

  24. I believe the best curation tool for me is “pocket”. I am always very interested in reading articles but many times I just do not have the time. I always have intentions to save the article but I often forget where I even saw it at. Pocket is a great tool to use to save the article for a later date. I plan to use this immediately.

  25. One curation tool I plan on using is Pocket. I have a very busy schedule and many times I do not read articles that I am interested in reading. Pockets will help me save these articles so I can read them later. Great tool!

  26. After reading step 6, I realize that I have never known what a curation tool is or what it is used for. This step has been very informative. I use Pinterest, and I love it. It narrows down my viewing boards to the items I look for the most. I have found many crafts and games to add to my lesson plans from Pinterest. Many of the the curation tools sound interesting, and I would like to investigate them further, especially Livebinder.

  27. I’m really excited about pocket. I can not count the times I’ve wanted to read something but not had the time when I’ve come across it only to not be able to find it again when I have the time. I have already signed up and downloaded the extension on my Chromebook.

  28. I believe that Pintrest would be a great Curation Tool. Pinterest has many interesting tools and has many resources that are beneficial to educators. Pinterest allows educators to exercise their higher-order thinking, to promote, collaboration, and nonetheless easy to use.

  29. One of the tools I use is Pinterest. It has many great resources on it and allows me to collaborate with other educators easily. It also gives me ideas to help incorporate in my classroom and different instructional strategies.

  30. I use Pinterest quite often but I generally do not curate while using it. I like the visual aspect and find it easy to use. I will make it a point to try to use it as a curation tool.

  31. I use Pinterest as a curation tool. I have found many helpful tips, smart tricks, and creative activities from Pinterest. This site has encouraged me to bring out more of my creative side as well as helped me stay organized. There are ideas from a large number of teacher around the world. My favorite motto is “Sharing is Caring” and this applies for teachers, too. I love that their are tools for teacher to find, recreate, and share with other teachers. I typically go to Pinterest to find ideas for many of my lessons and will continue to for all of my teaching career.

  32. I think Pinterest would be a great platform. As an art teacher could share lessons and create board to represent different projects, ideas, time periods, types of art, etc.

  33. Pinterest is what I use the most. I have also used Flipboard in the past but it wasn’t as geared to my class like Pinterest is.

  34. The tool that I would use is Flipboard. I think this platform is a very cool way to express yourself as a teacher while connecting with other teachers. This Platform makes it very easy to share resources such as YouTube videos or even Simple Links.

  35. I have usual used Pinterest in the past, especially when I want to come up with something creative. BUT when I was going through this guided book, I have found Twitter to be very resourceful. So, from here on out I will be a Twitter supporter!

  36. One of the tools I use is Pinterest, because it has many great resources on it and allows me to collaborate with others easily. I can easily see multiple ways to teach certain topics in multiple ways to have a more diverse learning environment.

  37. I currently use Pinterest to curate content that is specific to education. While I do not use it as much for educational purposes as I do personal purposes, this will begin to change. Through browsing through Pinterest, I can find classroom management tips, lesson planning tips, engaging lessons, etc. As I become a more experienced educator, I would love to begin sharing my own content on a platform such as Pinterest.

  38. I currently use Pinterest as a curation tool. It has many different teachers who share content which can be very helpful when trying to come up with ideas for lessons.

  39. I currently use Pintrest and I see two sides to it. First, and foremost, is how immediate and varied it is. There is a never ending stream of ideas and comments that I have constantly found incredibly helpful. The mobile version, for me at least, is not the most user friendly, so I tend to refer to it only occasionally.

  40. One curation tool that I am already using is Pinterest. I really use it more for personal reasons, but I now know that I can use it for professional growth. I really like the way that Pinterest works, and I think that it will be a great tool to use for professional growth now that I know that I can use it that way. Some tools that I think I would like to use are Pocket, Flipboard, and Evernote. I always find articles that I would like to read, but I don’t have time to read them when I find them, so I think Pocket would be a great resource to help me to keep those articles in one place so that I know where to find them later. I like the idea of Evernote and Flipboard because I like that I could put all of my articles that are about one topic together in one place, like a magazine, and have articles about another topic in another place.

  41. One of the tools that I am already using for content curation is Pinterest. I have had Pinterest for many years but have just recently started using it for educational purposes. Pinterest is a great source to share creative ideas and strategies and save that information for later.

  42. One tool that I already use is Pinterest. I use this for personal interest and some classroom ideas. I have not considered using this for professional growth, but can definitely see how it can lead to great resources for education. This place is a great spot for educators to highlight their ideas and to work together with other educators that they may have not gotten the opportunity to collaborate with beforehand.

  43. I currently use Pinterest regularly, but I have never used it for my PLN. I plan on using it as my curation tool to help grow my PLN. This would be the best fit for me as I know how to use it and I would be comfortable using it for professional growth. I will be able to share my knowledge in a visual way.

  44. Pinterest and Instagram are two curating tools I already utilize regularly. Pinterest allows me to search topics related to units of instruction and find creative activities and/or strategies to implement. I can sift through all the sources and find and save the ones that I like best and that fit my needs. Instagram is another tool I use to stay up to date and share content. I follow many educational profiles, bloggers, and teachers. I use instagram to follow their experiences and find new ideas that I can implement. I also occasionally share sources that I really like on my story or highlights.

  45. A curation tool I use is Pinterest. I use this so much for content-related information and ideas. It is a great tool for fun and interactive lessons. I will continue to use Pinterest as a curation tool but also venture out to more tools to help grow my teaching ideas.

  46. One of the tools that I use constantly is Pinterest. I like to use Pinterest because it allows you to organize your ideas into boards by categories. This allows easier accessibility. Pinterest has several reliable ideas and strategies that can help educators implement them into their lessons. This platform is great for researching new teaching methods and sharing ideas with others as well.

  47. A tool that I use constantly is Pinterest. It is easy to navigate and there are several ideas that can be used in education. I like using Pinterest because it allows you to organize your ideas by categories by saving them into boards. This platform has several reliable resources and strategies that can help teachers implement them into their lessons.

  48. A lot of these blogs remind me a lot of Pinterest. Whenever I need an idea for a specific lesson I go to Pinterest first . I look for ideas for that day. Which may lead to a blog. I will also use teachers pay teachers to look for activities.

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