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Content curation with Wakelet

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By Marjolein Hoekstra @TweetMeet, organizer of the monthly #MSFTEduChat TweetMeets for Microsoft Education.

“A content curator explains why a resource is relevant and
how it contributes to a better understanding.”

What is content curation?

Imagine you’ve quickly bookmarked a couple of valuable web resources in a public Wakelet collection. As the creator of that collection, you know exactly why you’ve chosen these specific pointers and what makes them relevant to the topic of your Wakelet collection.

Now, imagine you’re another person curiously opening your Wakelet collection. All they may see is a list of bookmarks, without any commentary or context. For them, who may not have your background knowledge and experience, it’s more difficult to figure out if – and why – they should open your links.

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That’s precisely where content curation comes in: it’s all about providing context and meaning to resources that you share, whether it’s in a Wakelet collection, on Twitter, on your blog or anywhere else. A content curator explains why a resource is relevant and how it contributes to a better understanding.

Read on to learn what content curation looks like and how you too can become a content curator and improve the quality of your Wakelet collections.

What does content curation look like?

Open the SuperWakelet that the hosts of the October 2019 #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet are creating together. A SuperWakelet combines multiple Wakelets into one collection. The topic for this month is STEM, NASA and space education:

https://wakelet.com/wake/dcfcc787-d24a-4a3b-8405-00680c16657d

While viewing the SuperWakelet, pay attention to the following details:

Introducing a video with helpful commentary – fragment from Jennifer Ferguson’s Wakelet.

Improve your own Wakelet collections through content curation.

Do you want to improve the quality of your own Wakelet collections by adding more meaning and context?

Follow these two checklists:

Creating your collection

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Adding items to your collection

Adding a Text card in Wakelet. Note the three levels: H1, H2 and regular.

Group your items visually by inserting Wakelet Text items. Select the H1 or H2 heading style from the menu and add more text to describe the group.

With each item you add, ask yourself if its purpose is sufficiently clear on its own. If not, consider any of the following:

After completing your Wakelet collection, it’s always a great idea to show it to others and welcome their feedback.

At @TweetMeet, we’re avid Wakelet fans and we love discovering new ways to use it. We look forward to seeing you become a content curator!