Curating an Online Newspaper with Paper.li

Curating an Online Newspaper with Paper.li


Hey, this is Jennifer Gonzalez for Cult of
Pedagogy. Today I’m gonna demonstrate a tool for
you that is called Paper.li. Paper.li allows you to curate a collection of online resources that
all share a similar topic and produce your own online newspaper that displays them. Okay so I’m on the paper.li website right now, it’s just paper.li. To create an account it’s very simple, you just need an email address. so I’ve done that already, I’ve logged in, and then I get to their home screen. Just click on “Create Paper.” Okay, so the first thing I need to do is give the paper a title and I am going to assume that
I’m a science student and I’ve been tasked with creating a paper on controversies
surrounding genetics, so I will put “Genetic Issues”… Click “next”… First thing I have to do is start searching for content, so I’m going to enter a few key words. I’ll put “genetics,” and they are going to give me a lot of
choices of things that I can choose to follow so I’ll put “Genetics Update,” choose a few of these things I’ll choose a few RSS feeds, and maybe a
YouTube channel or two… and I will search. let’s see, “stem cell,” and maybe GMOs, because those are controversial also. Just a couple
of things… And once I’ve selected some sources I click “Create My Paper,” and this is what I get. So my next step is to just edit it and
make sure that everything is really the way I want it. The first thing
I’m gonna do, I’ll click on Edit I’ll go into “settings,” I want to click on “content,” because when I clicked all of those sources they
just put them in the exact order that I selected them so I can actually
slide certain things up, like I’ll probably slide this GMO Journal up
higher so that it’s given more priority, maybe do the stem
cell one a little higher. You can prioritize which means that things get pulled in, in that order. You can also select the paper sections.
Some of the sections that they give you by default are not at all related to the
stuff you’re gonna be looking for. So I’m going to select which ones I
want to keep. I’m going to get rid of “trending hash tags”
because sometimes that filters in weird stuff. I’m gonna get
rid of “arts and entertainment,” I don’t think that’s relevant, and “business.”
We’ll get rid of a few other sections Once you’ve done that, then you’ll want to
click “Fetch New Content,” because that will clean it up a little bit. So now I’ve got basically a draft of my
paper, and if I am a student, I’m going to get
graded on making sure that I’ve got everything only relevant to my content. I’m going to have
to go in and edit some, and pull out stuff that doesn’t really have any connection. So suppose I really want this to be my
main story. I would just grab it here, pull it over
here and then that becomes the lead story. So you can drag things around, you can delete things that
have no relevance to your topic. Right now, everything on here seems to be pretty…it
seems to be pretty much focused just on the GMO stuff. So if I wanted to add more things, then I would just go
back in and change the content in my settings the
way I just did, and if I wanted to delete something — suppose I decided that this
video right here was not relevant. I would just click it and it would
disappear. So anybody who creates one of these can really edit them to make them purely about the
content that they’re looking for. Once the student has decided that their
paper is ready to share they would simply highlight the URL, copy
it, and then paste that into an email or
wherever you would like them to share the URL. And so this is a great way of teaching
your students how to curate content, it would be a great way to create a
classroom newspaper or a school newspaper. And so I just wanted to show you that
tool and I hope you have fun with it.

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