With the amount of information that is available on the internet, it's important for teachers to filter through websites to find relevant information in a timely manner. As a blogger, I believe we "curate" the web automatically to help keep things organized and to convey information in as detailed and easy a way as possible. Now, with the addition of dedicated websites, people can curate the web and save information on their own while sharing this vital information with others.
- Pinterest - A relatively new site that is growing at a record pace. It's easy to use, ideal for curating the web (by saving/sharing favorite sites), and visually engaging for users. There's lots of potential for education as it is being used by educators everywhere.
- Bag the Web - Bag the Web is a great site for curating the web into "bags." With their educational portal, teachers and students can share resources, collect information for assignments, embed them into a site, and more.
- MentorMob - A site that has been getting quite a bit of press on Twitter lately, it's one of the best around for curating the web into "playlists." These playlists can contain different types of media such as video, articles, pictures, etc. Once these playlists are created, they can be rated and shared with others.
- List.ly - A wonderful site for curating sites into an interactive list that can be commented and voted on.
- Middlespot - A unique site that allows users to browse the web and stick sites onto their "dashboard," which can be edited and shared with others. More features are available for a paid account.
- Paper.li - A very popular site among bloggers and educators for creating an online newspaper out of their web content. Best of all, once a "newspaper" is created, Paper.li automatically updates the paper by monitoring news content.
- Bundlr - A great way to organize the web into "bundles." These bundles can contain all sorts of media and then be shared with others in a grid or timeline view.
- Scoop.it - A nice site for turning one's social media into a stunning-looking digital magazine. A very popular resource among educators on Twitter.
- Searcheeze - Another fun site for curating web content (text, video, images, articles) and turning it into a digital magazine that can be shared with others.
- Storify - A great site for telling social stories by curating web content through video, photos, and text.
David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. For more information about his work, contact him at email@example.com and read his blog at cyber-kap.blogspot.com.