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Learning the art of Digital Content Curation

It is undeniable that we live in a world of information overload. Check out Internet Live Stats to be truly ‘infowhelmed’! Just one second of internet traffic…. As busy people, it is often at precisely the wrong time that we find that fascinating article, or when we are looking for something else that we discover a great resource for the future. Using these tools effectively requires skills in ‘content curation’. This sounds more complex than it is. Content curation has always occurred in schools – resources were always gathered around the topic of teaching, in order to support and extend student understandings. Students too can benefit from learning effective curation skills as being able to quickly and critically evaluate a range of information sources, and then curate these into a meaningful collection is a vital research skill. She describes these traits as the following: Keep in mind that not everyone will like every tool. The right tool for the right purpose. Like this: Related:  Curation

Curation as a tool for teaching and learning (with images) · hbailie “A curator is an expert learner. Instead of dispensing knowledge, he creates spaces in which knowledge can be created, explored, and connected.” (Siemens, 2007). According to Boyd (2010) curators help people to focus their attention on the most relevant and important information streams. Valenza (2011) tells us to take advantage of the work of others passionate about a topic and use their curated work as a search tool. Librarians, journalists, and teachers have always curated: they evaluate, select, collect, present, and promote material for their users, readers and students; but these days curation is becoming an important activity for a broad range of people and for a variety of reasons and purposes. So what is curation?

Teaching With Content Curation -- THE Journal 21st Century School | Feature Teaching With Content Curation With two mobile laptop carts that are used primarily for technology classes and a student body that has limited access to computers outside of school, Stockton Collegiate International School isn’t exactly a hotbed of ed tech. That stumbling block doesn’t stop the K-12 charter school in Stockton, CA, from doing what it can to cultivate its 21st Century learners and prepare them for college and the workforce. In Hauna Zaich’s 8th- and 10th-grade English classes, for example, students—a good portion of whom are English learners—are using a process known as “content curation” to cull through the many resources on the web, select the most relevant ones, and then organize those resources in a logical format for sharing and later use. One of Zaich’s curated boards introduces 10th graders to verb tenses, subject/verb agreement, and active versus passive voice to prep them for a writer’s workshop. Flipping the Classroom

5 Reasons you need to be a Content Curator | Big Ideas in Education No doubt about it, Content Curation is one of the most important digital skills of our time. The basic fact is that Curation is a strategy that we need just to begin to implement and sift through all of the information online.The following explains the top reasons why we need to engage in quality content curation as educators and as learners! Content Curation and Information Literacy The Top 5 Reasons to be a Content Curator. 1. 2. We need to be curators to manage the deluge of information on the internet. 3. Content curation is more than just social media and keeping tabs of friends and trends. 4. Creating content on the internet is at an all time high. 5. We ask our questions, we research, and we make connections that had never existed before. Regardless of the curation tool we ultimately use, the core skills remain the same. Deborah McCallum c 2015 Like this: Like Loading... Related Information-Processing in the Digital Age: Beginning with Content Curation In "21st Century Learning"

Teaching Content Curation Skills to Students In my last piece, I discussed why content curation was an essential skill and discussed ways teachers could use Pinterest to curate content for students. Modeling this skill for students is important, but giving them the knowledge to do it themselves is crucial. The ability to sort through many sources for high-quality information was always the goal of library time and research notecards, but today’s students need tech-based content curation skills. Many of the best and most popular programs for this are widely available for free online. Students can learn to manage information with Pinterest Pinterest can be an excellent place to begin teaching students to do their own content curation, though the site’s minimum age requirement of 13 can interfere with younger students’ ability to use this technology. In addition to actively engaging students in learning, this method also ensures that specific student needs are being addressed. Diigo: the No. 1 content curation tool for educators

Teacher as Curator: Capture and Organize Learning Materials with Web 2.0 Tools In the 21st Century world of abundant free educational content, teachers are challenged to shed the role of “content area expert” and adopt the role of “content curator”. Part of the shifting role of teachers from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side” means spending less time lecturing at students and more time supporting them to successfully access and think critically about content. Content curation is nothing new to teachers– whether it’s maintaining a great classroom library, hurriedly photocopying a great article you found, or organizing PDFs and YouTube videos in your online course, a big part of the job is creating an organized path through the best materials you know of. The objective here is to build up an enduring library of high quality web links, videos, articles, and online activities that “fit together” and are easy to consume as a collection. It’s not the tool, it’s how you use it The first step of curating good content is finding it. Capture Where You Read Like this:

OER and you. The curation mandate At the #GoOpen Exchange on Friday, everyone was talking about OER and the need to curate. The Twiter feed shows the buzz around the trending event and it shows school librarians were at the table. As the initiative moves forward, it is critical for us to choose to be at the head of this particular table. Hosted at the beautiful Skywalker Ranch, Friday’s #GoOpen Exchange engaged major players in education from the White House and the DOE, as well as state officials, leaders of non-profits and learning institutions, the biggest names in e-commerce and technology, developers, vendors, publishers, state officials, administrators, leading folks in edtech, and educational thinkers and practitioners. I was proud to be there to share along with some serious library power: AASL President Leslie Preddy, Mark Ray (WA) Washington, Jennifer Boudrye (D.C.) and Mary Reiman (NE). But it was clear to our little group, that to the larger majority of the participants, we were not even on the OER radar. And so,

Students Becoming Curators of Information? | Silvia Tolisano- Langwitches Blog Images like the following ones, visualize for me the urgency for all of us to become information literate to wade through the incredible, ever increasing, amount of information being created and shared with the world. licesed under CC by will-lion Lincensed under CC by verbeeldingskr8 We are with no doubt in the age of information overload and IN DIRE NEED of knowing how to filter in order to get to the information we need. Think about Clay Shirky’s quote below. Clay Shirky Information Overload In comes the idea of becoming a Curator of Information. “Curating” is defined in the Merriam Webster Dictionary as: Select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition). Digital Curation, Curated Learning & Collective Curation? I have started hearing and reading about the terms “Digital Curation”, “Curated Learning” and “Collective Curation” as well. Digital Curation is defined in Wikipedia as: the selection, preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets. 15.

Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool Leanna Johnson, Learning with Technology collates work from online publications using an online magazine format, and this visual impact alone makes it very effective. The additional appeal of broadcasting from a hub allows me to tap into and share with my ed tech networks, which is why I find myself using it more often during time constraints. First of all, it’s powerful–it incorporates multiple elements of familiar social media tools. Additionally, using will meet multiple standards (Common Core and NETS-S) across the curriculum. Curation is a valuable skill for today’s learner. Using on a mobile device makes it a constrained platform, which lessens stress. Why Students Like 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Why Educators like 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Why Use Scoopit? At the end of the day, you’re “doing” a lot actually simply by using a technology like scoopit.

Pinterest: A Curation Tool in Education About ETR Community EdTechReview (ETR) is a community of and for everyone involved in education technology to connect and collaborate both online and offline to discover, learn, utilize and share about the best ways technology can improve learning, teaching, and leading in the 21st century. EdTechReview spreads awareness on education technology and its role in 21st century education through best research and practices of using technology in education, and by facilitating events, training, professional development, and consultation in its adoption and implementation.

About Curation - Curating Primary Sources - LibGuides at University of South Dakota Curation - is it the new search tool (Valenza 2011), the new search (Good 2012), the future of Web 2.0 (Boyd 2010), or the new black (O'Connell 2012)? What is curation anyway, and how can it be used as a tool for student and teacher learning? Bhargava,, R. (2011, March 31). Boyd, D. (2010). Cobb, J. (2010, March 2). Connected Learning (n.d.). Connelly, P. (2011, February 10). Fiorelli, G. (2011, September 15). Fisher, M. (2012, June 11). Fisher, M. & Tolisano, S.R. Flintoff, K., Mellow, P. & Clark, K. Gende, D. (2012, January 24). Good, R. Hague, C., & Peyton, S. (2010). Hamilton, B. Hottenstein, A. (2012). Jarche, H. (2010, October 22). Jenkins, H., Purushotma, R., Weigel, M., Clinton, K., & Robison, A. Kanter, B. (2011, January 3). Kelly, D. (2013, February). Lee, K. (2014, May 5). Mackey, T. Mihailidis, P., & Cohen, J. Mills, M. (2013). Minocha, S., & Petre, M. (2012). O’Connell, J. (2011, October 27). O’Connell, J. (2012). Pappas, C. (2013, October 13). Petrie, N. (2011, May 4).

Using Pinterest for Education Pinterest is a social network which allows you to share and comment on visual material, which could be photographs, sketches, videos or web pages. Like a virtual scrapbook, but very public, you can collate the items that you love. There is no copyright in the world of Pinterest: you can attach images from other people’s web pages, or repin content from other people’s boards (see this article from JPC Law). Pinterest has taken the social media world by storm in the past 12 months. Content is organised around boards, which are split into themes. However Pinterest can also be a great tool for use in education. Compile content, including educational video Organise and store ideas Connect and comment on students’ work Make connections with other teachers and get ideas for future projects Create group projects: community boards can be perfect for collaborative projects One of Pinterest’s main advantages is its ability to save links to resources that you discover on the web. Alternatively: