Storify.com is a popular curation service. Content can be added either using the bookmarklet to curate content from any public webpage, or you can use the integrated search to add content by simply drag and dropping.
First impression from my side. Looks nice.I have had some problems with the bookmarklet (did not function at all) and also with the installed chrome extension. Now it is working and I kind of like it. As soon as the story is saved for the first time the autosave automatically saves every now and then (haven’t figured out whats the frequency). Very good: you do not have to curate the whole site but can choose different aspects of one and the same site. Whole site links are also available.
As I see it now it is possible to add collaborators.
I don’t get if all storified pieces are staying forever on your storypad or if it is possible to delete them. Pro on that: You can use them several times.
Big Plus: A lot of services can be integrated directly.
signing up only possible with facebook or twitter account (it’s fine with me for I have both but the option for a sign up without these accounts would be nice.
Scoop.it Is my favorite online content curation tool so far. Can’t thank Ileane of BasicBlogTips enough for introducing me to this awesome tool. Please follow the link to find out more info.
What Is Scoopt.it?Scoop.it is a content curation platform, where users can curate information about any topic they want. Once you sign up, you will be able to create a topic of your choice (no limits) and start curating information. The site is geared towards providing users a very quick and easy way to “scoop” any information that you feel is relevant to the topic you have chosen. There are several ways you can do this, the easiest being via a drag and drop tool that you add directly on your browser
Scoop.it does not stop there. It actually has an important social element, as users can suggest relevant links that they think you may want to include or review. It also allow you to integrate with several social networks (FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.), and micro-blogging platforms such as Tumblr. You can also define Scoop.it to integrate information directly on your WordPress site, if you want.
First of all: Nice user interface. But actually not really what we are looking for in context of schools. Otherwise it is a nice application. You “curate” whole sites to your curated topics and can add a description. It also has a integration of several social networks (but this seems to be something all of the curation tools have).
Very nice: RSS feed – this could be quite handy for teachers.
CurationSoft (aff link) is the only desktop software that I am currently aware of and I love using it. The free version is fully functional and is only limited to “Google’s Blog Search” to source for content. More info in this post – Content Curation, The Next Big Thing?.
User interface is okay, chrome extension for clipping works excellent but you can only clip 350 characters otherwise you have to clip the whole page. You can add notes to the different clips and invite collaborators. Making a curation private is only available for premium users.
Plus: RSS feed
sign up only possible with twitter, facebook or googleaccount.
PearlTrees.com is rising very fast in the daily content aggregation tool arena. Discover, organize, and share everything you like on the web. Has the ability to share across a number of platforms.
Looks at first very interesting because the interface is totally different to the other ones. Its based on the analogy of a tree. Big downside here: you are not able to “clip” different selections of the same site only the whole site. So from my bundle of selections I just got one pearl – this is a bit disappointing. Also there seems to be no way to make your trees private.For school purposes and the things we are thinking of it is unfortunately not the right tool although it looks very interesting.sign up only possible with twitter, facebook or googleaccount.
I think from this content curator tools, Storify seems to be the best option when working in schools within the scenarios we have in mind so far. It is free, I can decide who has the right to edit my “stories”, I can write “something” around my collected artifacts (also can the “edit partners” – although they there seems to be no option to make that visible) – this can also be interpreted as a kind of commenting on links or cites (maybe one should come up with a special text formatting for comments, bold/italic for instance), put in pictures, links, one ore more cites from one or different websites or whole websites (what that looks like see below).
Create stories using social media. Turn what people post on social media into compelling stories. Collect the best photos, video, tweets …
The user interface is quite handy. From my point of view it is within schools necessary that it is possible to make curations private resp. share only with a bunch of people. Students should feel comfortable posting things and have control over who has access to it apart from their teacher.
Biggest downsides as I see it: You have to have a facebook or twitter account otherwise you are not able to sign up.
Minor downside: the formatting of headings isn’t the best – when copy/paste new text in the formatting of the header disappears.
Oh – I just got an idea. Maybe its possible to copy/paste or even export the “whole” story one created and put it into gDocs, in that way it would be a) tracable for our progress tracker and b) “commentable” in the way we like it 🙂
Edit to this: Unfortunately the export is only available when the “Story” is already published – that’s not the best solution for schools. The other thing: Export to wordpress blogs, tumblr, posterous, mailchimp possible – that’s great, but no export to gDocs.