I wonder about intent and framing and connection make here - in kind of the same way I do with Digital Is and the curation pieces I haven't yet found a way into (week 2 task, right, Paul?).
How does a collection or an explanation or a collection of explanation turn into curation? Is all of Rap Genius a curated collection, or are the pieces annotated by a particular contributor (there's a list of notable ones here) more of a curated collection? Can you crowsource curation without agreeing on a frame or developing one with others as you go? Can you cuarte a multiple-perspectives collection without ever announcing it as such? These questions echo for me the ones I asked about the video - how do we help one another know when there is an opportunity for curation or when we are, indeed, looking at something implicitly curated? Is Rap Genius a curated collection because it explicitly tries to crowd-source the explanation and improvement of genre pieces through particular lenses: Wikipedia and the Urban Dictionary (see the diagram in that last link)? Would I know Rap Genius was curated without looking at that page? Could I figure it out? If I have to figure out the curation, is it curated? Ack!
I was thinking about YouTube channels, as well, and the difference bewteen an annotated collection of, say, DML 2012 Ignite videos and a list of all of DMLs videos. The former seems curated to me, but not the latter.
I'll offer up Neatline as a curation tool I really want to share in class next year.
In my own practice, I think my professional blog comes closest to being a curated collection with supporting entries from the collaborative blog in which I participate and from Digital Is. I think the blog counts as curated because its pieces explicitly connect to one in a thematic effort to make classroom teaching and learning more authentic. Categories and tags help make the connections clearer.
One any one day or over any given period of weeks or months, my Twitter feed is too idiosyncratic to be any more curated than "a collection of resources this educator guy finds and also some thoughts." However, in looking at the entirety of the account - especially as compared to other educators' accounts during the same time - it could be useful as part of a curated collection on the tropes and patterns in the mental lives of teachers or teacher advocates - I think of Christina Cantrill's research on NWP teachers' online presences here.
Anyhow - onward.