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Content Curation World
What a Content Curator Needs To Know: How, Tools, Issues and Strategy
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Curate, Review, Find and Discover The Best Educational Apps with EdShelf

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EdShelf is a free web service which allows you to curate, review, rate and organize your favorite educational apps as well as to find and discover the ideal ones for your kids or for the next class you need to teach.

Ed apps can be organized into collections which can be further filtered thanks to tags and categories.

You can search for tools as well as browse curated categories, most recent additions and popular ones.

To keep the quality of new apps included in EdShelf and to protect itself from spam, while you can add at any time a new app and add it to your collections, for any new app added the EdShelf curation team will then review it for inclusion in the general EdShelf database and if accepted, it will add more detailed info to it including video clips, and other relevant info.

Here's the official rundown: "edshelf is a directory of tools for education. You can search and filter for specific tools, rate and review tools you've used, access your tools with a single sign-on, receive recommended and featured tools, create collections of tools, and share your collections with friends and colleagues."

My comment: Crowdsourced curation focusing on a very fast-growing and much in-demand niche: educational apps and tools. Simple to use. Excellent tool for finding relevant apps for different educational uses. Intercepts a specific need. Promising.

Free to use.

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*Added to Curation for Education section of Content Curation Tools Supermap

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 27, 2013 4:05 PM

As it stands: curate, review, find, and discover Educational Apps

Rick Bessey's curator insight, August 15, 2013 8:46 AM

More a place holder for now.  Haven't read the article, but looks promising.

Roberto Ivan Ramirez's comment, August 15, 2013 8:56 PM
herramientas para aprender a curar información aplicadas al ámbito escolar, bastante recomendable esta práctica.
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The App Store and The Need for Curation

The App Store and The Need for Curation | Content Curation World |

From MacStories: "After four years, the App Store has become more than “a grand slam” — it has ignited an app revolution that created a new economy that supports over 210,000 jobs in the U.S. alone.

But Apple should do more with its “curation” process, and with the annual WWDC approaching, developers hope the company has been listening.

A movie recommendation from Roger Ebert means a lot more to me than a computer generated ranking based on reviewer scores”, ...I think it’s the personal touch that’s missing”.

Excerpted from the original article: "The topic of curation on the App Store isn’t new to developers and observers of Apple’s ecosystem.

...Gassée believes that alongside the 600,000 apps available on the App Store, an Apple-made, curated “App Guide” with reviews and opinions would “give app seekers more than today’s skimpy categories and unreliable user reviews”.

A better selection of apps would, in return, further showcase the amazing capabilities of iOS devices, which is where Apple makes a profit.


I want Apple to tell me why they think the app is great. And I want to be able to find these recommended apps later on ...

In a way, the “curated App Store” lacks an editorializing process that goes beyond simply selecting and organizing apps in custom sections, but that also explains why a specific app should be worth of attention.


Last week, TouchArcade released its first iPhone app, combining the website’s editorial process with an app discovery system directly linked to the App Store, and enhanced with videos, screenshots, and recommendations. “...It’s heavily curated by experts, trusted by users, and has a ton of great features like watch lists and videos”, Brichter said.

Ultimately, it comes down to trusting the people who recommend apps to buy.

Hockenberry noted how “customers trust sites like Macworld, MacStories, or Daring Fireball to find them the best apps”, and admits that doing “curation” along these lines would change the whole dynamic for developers."

In-depth analysis. 8/10

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App Curation and Discovery: Find Your Ideal Apps with

App Curation and Discovery: Find Your Ideal Apps with | Content Curation World |

Robin Good: Bestvendor is a new web service which allows you to search, find and discover useful apps for whatever interest you may have.

BestVendor users populate, rate and comment existing apps providing a dynamic community of passionate "app curators".

Inside Best Vendor it is possible to create a "curated" list of apps dedicated to a specific use, or a collection of complementary tools to do a certain job. Here is an example:

Free to use.

Recommended apps by categories:  

Video trailer:

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jeffgiesea's comment August 11, 2012 9:51 AM
Great post Robin - thanks for spotlighting BestVendor! Let us know if there are ways we can make it more useful for you.