Friday, October 28, 2011

Guest blog post: Content Curation with Scoop.it

Originally posted at MissCybrarian.  Used and adapted with permission.

Scoop.it is a beta (currently invite only) website that lets you become ”the curator of your favorite topic!”

What does it do?

You create a topic. Scoop.it searches the web (including social media) for related news articles, blog posts, tweets, YouTube videos, etc. which you can then build–or curate–into an online collection of sources.

How/why should I use it?

Example #1: EDUCATION
1A: Evaluation
Show students how to evaluate websites.  Then show them how to set up a Scoop.it on their paper topic, *and* set up RSS feeds for journal and/or database articles.  Students can compare both sets of  results for reliability, authority, purpose, currency, and accuracy.

1b. Search types
Students can compare the effectiveness of Boolean and/or phrase searches with both tools (Scoop.it vs. the journal/database RSS feeds). Which type of search in which resource is more effective, and why? Which might be better for an academic research paper, and which might be better for gauging popular opinion or learning about pop culture?

Example #2: SELF-PROMOTION as a topic expert
Demonstrate your expertise on a particular subject by creating an account with a look and feel consistent with the rest of your online presence.  Then create a topic to curate so you can tweet or post links to articles.

Example #3:  CURRENCY: Stay up to date on your favorite topics
Click on Explore to see what other people are “scooping.” Create the Scoop.it version of RSS feeds by following topics of interest.

Scoop.it has several advantages; it is free, visually appealing, and easy to use.  Its disadvantages include the need to evaluate sources and update topics regularly. Scoop.it is currently in beta; go to their website to request an invite.

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