Read This Book: Content Curation


Read this book: Content Curation: How to Avoid Information Overload | In my review of Content Curation, I share what I learned from Steven Anderson about tools that can help you make sense of the information overload that is the internet.

Content Curation: How to Avoid Information Overload

Content Curation is an excellent resource for helping you learn how to organize all the information you ingest.

I don’t know about you, but figuring out a good method for dealing with the tons of information at my fingertips is no easy task.  You’d think as a librarian, I’d be great at organizing and curating all the blog posts, articles and information I read everyday.  But most days I just feel too overwhelmed to deal with it all.

Back in January, I got to hear Steven Anderson speak on the topic of Content Curation at FETC.   I got a copy of his book afterwards (which he graciously signed for me).   Of course, I didn’t end up getting around to reading it until I was on the plane to ISTE a few weeks ago.  One thing that I love about the Corwin Connected Educators series is that the books are small, practical and to the point.  I was already using several of the tools that Steven talks about in the book.  He gave me great ideas for ways to use them more effectively.

“I have always been a believer that educators have a moral obligation to share” ~ Steven Anderson

Highlights of what I learned

  • Curating information is about being able to find the right information at the right time.  If you’ve saved a link, but it’s buried without the right tags, you might never find it when you need it.
  • Don’t save everything – only save the best information that you might actually use again
  • Make sure that you share what you’re learning, through blogs, Twitter, Diigo or other methods
  • You can organize your Evernote notes into Notebooks and nest notebooks inside of notebooks!  This was a huge revelation for me.  Also, you can publicly share your notes by creating a public link.
  • Diigo is super awesome for sharing and organizing bookmarks
  • Pocket is awesome for saving information to review later

There’s tons more ideas and resources in the book, so be sure to check it out.  You’ll more than get your money’s worth 🙂

Check out Content Curation

Content Curation is a fast, easy read packed full of fantastic resources and tools for getting your search for information organized.  It’s definitely an essential read for any edtech educator.

Have you read Content Curation?  What’s your favorite tool for curating information?