The internet is crowded with tons of resources and ideas. How do you manage all the content you find online? Do you add it to your favorites? Do you add a link on your website? Or have you taken advantage of one of the web 2.0 tools out there that help you curate your links in a way that make them accessible, ready to share, and ready to use. Here are 5 of my favorite Web Curation Tools that are available for free.
1. Pinterest –have you heard of it? I know most of you have since I see your pins all the time. Pinterest is a web curator site, or another way to organize your links that is social and visual. You set up “boards” to which you “pin” websites. Each board can have a theme and you can look through other people’s boards (if they make them public) for more ideas. Other users can follow your boards, like your pins or re-pin your pins onto their own boards. There is a section labeled Education that displays people’s pins(website finds) that have to do with education.
I have created an account on Pinterest dedicated to educational resources. If you would like to check it out (or follow them) go here: http://pinterest.com/techrobin/
If you need an invite to Pinterest, please let me know!
2. Livebinders – http://www.livebinders.com/ – collect all your resources, images, videos, pdfs, websites, and group them into a “binder” where students have easy access to the websites that you have. Inside the binder you can divide the content into tabs and each tab can have sub-tabs. Students can create accounts and add the binder to their own collections or create binders on topic assigned to them.
3. Linoit – http://en.linoit.com/ – An online collaboration tool in the form of Sticky Notes. Create a bulletin board of ideas and files on any topic. Organize ideas and resources be rearranging the sticky notes on the board. This is an easy, visual ways for students to find the resources or information they need. This can also be a great collaboration tool as students add in notes (if you allow that) and collect ideas.
4. Diigo – http://www.diigo.com/user/robiny – Diigo is a bookmarking website that allows users to create groups, share links and have discussions. Researching biomes? Give the websites you find a specific tag and gie that link the to students so anytime you add more resources their list is updated without having to add a link to your website.
This is a resource that I have been using for a long time and still love it. I can add bookmarks from school and still retrieve them from home. They also have apps that are useful for mobile devices.
5. Wall Wisher – http://www.wallwisher.com/ – another online bulletin board that has been around for a while. You can add stickies that contain text, images or links to websites. This tools is great for collecting images of a certain topic and them having students use those images for their projects and since the kids can help add in the resources, this can be a great collaboration tool.