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Paper.li - Social Content Curation

Paper.li is described by its creator (@SmallRivers) as “the curation platform that enables you to turn Twitter, Facebook and RSS into online Papers and to treat your readers to fresh news, daily”.

I found this specific site whist desperately searching for ways to encourage my journalism students to read.  Paper.li seemed promising because it looks and feels like a newspaper (perfect for my journalism students) and it allows you to curate on any topic you find interesting based on your social media network and other online content. I quickly realized that it would be much easier to encourage my students to read if they can curate information that is relevant to them and, well, interesting.  One student created an entire newspaper on Lady Gaga, not quite what I had in mind, but she was reading and, as a bonus, students started sharing their papers with other students and more reading happened. The real delight, for me as lecturer, was that they seemed to really enjoy it too.  

Paper.li is easy to use and does what it says on the introduction page, "We believe that people are the ones qualified to curate the content that matters most. We also think that these same people can greatly help their own communities to find their way through this “massive content world” we live in. We’re here to help!” 

Having read that I realized that the uses for  Paper.li are limitless and that it can be sued to spread the word about Technology Enhanced Learning  and I am currently experimenting with it to perfect the content I wish to include in my TeL newspaper. Once that is done the “Weirdsister Weekly” may make it to the inboxes of various people, complete with resources, videos and blog posts from my Twitter feed, RRS feeds and various other places I select for inclusion.  The goal is to provide information in bite size bits instead of a potentially overwhelming Scoop.it page, which I also have, or a Twitter feed where some tweets may go unnoticed.  

Paper.li allows me to insert specific content and has a bookmarklet that attaches to my browser’s toolbar allowing me to insert content ‘manually’ and it archives previous editions for easy reference.

With Paper.li I have the choice between a free and a paid for version and I am able to decide how regularly my newspaper will appear (daily or weekly) and what content I would like to include. My newspaper updates automatically and it posts a notification to my twitter feed that the next edition is available. Any subscribers will be notified via e-mail and I can even invite specific people to subscribe to my content.

Paper.li is a fantastic tool to get students involved in choosing the content that THEY would like to read and to create a space where lecturers can share and collaborate with each other and students. It really is a tool for everyone.

Happy curating and happy reading 

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