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Curation. School Library Monthly/Volume XXIX, Number 1/September-October 2012 Curation by Joyce Kasman Valenza Joyce Kasman Valenza, Ph.D., is a teacher librarian at Springfield Township High School in Erdenheim, PA.


Email: The Internet firehose analogy rings even truer today, twenty years after Internet access saw its beginning. Human Filters Help Digital curators can prevent oversaturation by filtering and diverting the onslaught and by directing what is worth sharing into more gentle and continuous streams. Blogger, author, and NYU professor Clay Shirky, in Steve Rosebaum’s Mashable post, "Why Content Curation Is Here to Stay" on May 10, 2010, describes the problem with traditional search and identifies the issue of filter failure: Curation comes up when search stops working.

Human filters make a difference. Curators make sense of the vast amounts of content that are continually produced. Perhaps Albert Barnes was the ultimate curator for the pre-digital world. Conclusion. The one place to organize and present knowledge. Make mobile learning awesome!

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Student creation Share materials Free! Get our new app! Save time by using free lessons & activities created by educators worldwide! Be inspired! Combine digital content and your files to create a lesson Tes resources YouTube Links PDFs PowerPoint Word Doc Images Dropbox Google Drive Tes Teach quick start resources. Developing Future Workskills Through Content Curation. July 27, 2012 Come to my session at ISTE 2016: “Personalize Learning With Student Curation” 6/28 4:00 – 5:00 CCC 113, Table 2 The response to my previous post on Understanding Content Curation has been incredible.

Developing Future Workskills Through Content Curation

This definitely is a topic people are passionate about. Perhaps part of the reason for this is the tools and technology available provides an easy pathway to curate and follow our individual learning passions. I have enjoyed exploring the many links and sources that were shared via Scoop-It, Pinterests, blogs, and other connections to my post. One link in particular has helped move my thinking forward regarding the benefits for students who curate: the Apollo Research Institute Future Workskills 2020 study conducted last year that identifies critical workforce skills that our students will need to be prepared for future jobs. A closer look suggests that critical workforce skills identified in this \ study can be easily aligned with the skills practiced with content curation. Understanding Content Curation.

July 7, 2012 Come to my session at ISTE 2016: “Personalize Learning With Student Curation” 6/28 4:00 – 5:00 CCC 113, Table 2 There are many buzzwords and phrases prevalent in education today. “21st Century Learning”, “Blended Learning”, “Personalized Learning”, “Flipped Classroom” – just to name a few.

Understanding Content Curation

The one that has recently caught my attention and curiosity is “content curation.” I manage a grant project in my district designed to assure students acquire “21st century skills” A current strategy for this is using backwards design, formative assessments of 21st century skills, and “blended-learning.” New for next school year: teachers are being asked to “curate resources” to accompany the backwards-planned, inquiry-based units of instruction. This curiosity led to further questions: Why curate? Collecting vs. I set out to read as much as possible of what others have written on the subject, (see my Scoop-It on Curating Learning Resources) to help with my understanding. Thinking Level. What is Curation?