I have noticed, and blogged about, the growth in weekly curated roundups that staff are writing, and publishing, for their teaching staff. This is how I do mine! Not necessarily the best way, or the easiest, or the most efficient, but it works for me!
I am Twitter on and off all the time, so I find Favoriting (sic) things helpful to remember to include them in the online roundup. I try and have a great image for each week, so I keep my eyes peeled for that quite a lot over the weekend!
I also set up a draft ‘Online Roundup’ page on my blog, and have that page open on any computer I have some free time with! This allows me to cut and paste straight onto the specific post , saving me the hassle of favoriting (sic) then re-finding the information.
I read the Guardian online on my phone, and this can provide articles for inclusion. If this is the case, I email them to myself, putting as the Header ROUNDUP.
Near the end of the week, I go through my Favorites on Twitter, either linking them, or ignoring them, and unfavoriting (sick!) as I go (to keep track). I try and categorise the different things I add to my roundup, so that busy staff can quickly locate something that interests them quickly, rather than feeling they have to wade through reams of writing (not that there usually is!). I also go through emails marked for the roundup.
I also acknowledge where the idea/thought/link came from. This is important! Provenance, people!
I send this out on a Friday afternoon now. I’m not sure if this is the best time or not. I used to send it on a Sunday night, but felt that perhaps I wouldn’t catch my staff at their most CPD-keen, although I could be wrong! I publish it on my blog, then paste the link into the staff email. I tried sending it with all the links, but my Gmail account thought bit was group spam and refused to send it! It also makes more sense to share it with everyone., rather than just my staff.
I retweet it over Friday evening and the weekend using the Buffer app. This allows you to write tweets in advance. I used to send out specific tweets, mentioning those who had contributed, but perhaps 1 in 20 had the courtesy to even acknowledge this, so I may not in the past. I think that it only takes a few seconds to say thanks to someone for giving them a credit, but may be unnaturally sensitive about this (probably!).
How do you write your Roundup? Is there a way I can improve my strategy? All ideas welcome!