Curation and Kindness

Chile v Australia: Group B - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Earlier today, an item in Stephen Downes’ OLDaily took me to a Sue Waters post.

In her discussion of the importance of curation, Sue observes:

Curation is a life skill and an important part of being digitally literate.  Educators need to know how to curate information so they can teach students how they can curate content for research, their interests and passion. As part of this process educators need to encourage students to curate information using techniques that address their own personal learning needs.

Her post is a remarkable synthesis of resources. I wondered how much time she had dedicated to researching and writing such a detailed post. It is a very generous, altruistic contribution to communities of practice in education and in other domains.

I was thinking about Sue and Steven when I followed a link to a Huffington Post article about Marc Bresciano. I thought the image from George Sapigidis at the header of this post symbolises their altruism.

I noted Stephen’s response to Sue’s post. He writes:

I reject the term ‘curation’ to describe what I do and what others should do. The term ‘curation’ reflects past practice, as though to legitimize thoroughly contemporary practices by association with the word. Curation suggests that the primary task is selection and filtration, but to me, that’s only a small part of what I do; I’m describing my practice when I recount the works I’ve read. As well, the term ‘curation’ suggests passivity, observation, preservation, and even objectivity. My work is none of these things. I consider myself to be engaging with the authors and works I summarize. This is not the same as curation. It’s something new, something internet.

This left me with a quandary. My concept of curation is defined by engagement and active choice. My practice is fallible, partial, serendipitous and self-consciously subjective.

I do curate resources that resonate with me. Stephen’s work has been a compass for me for over a decade, Sue for slightly less (since 2008). In my “something internet” way this resonance guides my practice. My sense of curation is reflective and dynamic.

It is a Marc Bresciano kind of thing for me.

Photo Credit

World Cup player stops … (article by Ryan Grenoble, image by George Sapigidis)



I looked at my Facebook account today … accidentally.

One of my friends had posted a link to a story on

It was a story about a couple who took a photograph in their garden outside their house for every season of the year, ‘come rain, snow or shine’.

They stood in the same spot on their garden path for every season.

The story has an album of twelve pictures, this is the final one:


… and I thought about the narrative impact of images on our own memories.

I thought too of the importance of curation in digital times.

Photo Credits

Both pictures taken from the slideshow here.

Curate and Share: Three Tools To Consider


On 11 July, I am participating in a Webinar facilitated by Peter Downs.

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The Webinar is one of six Webinars coordinated by Peter using the iWebinar platform.

I was delighted to be invited to participate in the Webinar. I will be in great company. Peter Downs and Gene Schembri are the other two panellists.

The trailer for the Webinar is:


I have been thinking about my three choices and have come up with three recommendations that curate and share.

My two current technologies are Paper.Li and Scoop.It. I have been using both for a while. They gather links for me and then I can chose how to use or share them.



Paper.Li provide a Learn More page if you want to explore its potential as a tool. At the moment I have a Clyde Street online newspaper that aggregates all my Twitter feeds each day.

PL ClydeStreet

Like many applications, Paper.Li uses responsive design to ensure optimal display on any device.



I am using Scoop.It as a curation and sharing tool.

I receive a daily update on topics I have asked Scoop.It to monitor. My lIASIng site looks at high performance sport in New Zealand, Australia, Qatar, United Kingdom and Canada. Whatever I scoop from the feeds I receive, they are posted automatically to my Twitter account.


I find this to be an excellent resource. I have chosen only one topic but I can see how valuable it might be for a range of topics.


For my technology to be, I have chosen a presentation tool called EverSlide.


I use EverNote as a way of making and sharing notes. This is an example of one of my Notebooks on Pedagogy.

EverSlide appeared in a TechCrunch note about the NY 2013 Hackathon.

EverSlide is a basic, but potentially very useful, hack built over the weekend at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 hackathon. As you might guess by the name, the service turns your Evernote notes into slideshow presentations. And it’s crazy simple to use, too. The first line of text in your Evernote note becomes the slide’s title, the second line becomes the slide’s content, and to create a second slide, you just insert a horizontal line from Evernote’s editing menu at the top. Then, boom, instant slideshow!

I am keen to share this possibility. It meets one of my prime goals in using digital technology … “capture once use many (infinite) times”.


Thank you for reading through my three ideas for the Webinar.

Mimi Ito has observed that “I think the positive dynamic is that we are seeing production, media production, curation, circulation really becoming something that people do on an everyday basis, it’s not just the domains of experts and professionals. So we’re seeing a broadening of the base of what people think of as their everyday creativity” (my emphasis).

If I have time in the Webinar I am going to recommend a Beth Kantor post from last year, The Unanticipated Benefit of Content Curation and Robin Good’s Mindomo map of curation tools. Beth and Robin are great guides in the scalability of curating and sharing.