*Curation Situations: Let us count the ways Curation is a funny word. When my colleagues and I wrote our Social Media Curation Library Technology Report for ALA, we struggled with a definition. Back in 2014, our interviews and surveys led us to a taxonomy of digital curation. K12 digital curation is about getting our users/students/teachers to the good stuff, pointing them to content and resources they might not themselves discover with their own intuitive strategies. Curation allows us to scale our practice and reach our community 24/7 at their points of need. Social media curation efforts can help us fuel participatory culture as we build and connect communities. Curating with kids As students curate, they make decisions about authority and bias. Through our curation efforts, we model potential life skills to our community. Curating OER Clearly, curation is not only about OER. The case for librarian as curation point guard Librarians are uniquely qualified to curate digital assets.
On building learning playlists We create them on Spotify and YouTube and iTunes. Before music went digital, some of us made CD or cassette mixtapes and shared them as gifts. With our ability to ethically curate content and unglue it from its containers, and a growing array of digital tools and open education resources, many of us are engaging in a creative new form of the remix. Learning playlists are a thing, and that thing is emerging as a subgenre of digital curation in a variety of flavors. Playlists can be powerful. I create little magazines of continually updated outside reading beyond our texts for my grad students offering them opportunities to explore and contribute. More powerfully, we can use playlists to differentiate and individualize learning and allow students to work through content at their own pace as they return and review at the moment of need. Let’s explore a few playlist possibilities. Passion-driven playlists: Of course, playlists might also be created for passion-driven interests.
9 Ways to use Content Curation Tools in the Classroom Image Source As the relationship between education and technology continues to grow, content curation become a more essential and useful skill every day. Here are 9 ways that teachers and students can use content curation tools like Wakelet in the classroom. 1. When research isn’t the lesson objective, content curation tools like Wakelet can provide a platform for hosting resources. 2. The ability to effectively research and filter information is a crucial skill for students of any age. 3. As an educator, you will be continually developing new skills and techniques. 4. Lesson planning is one of the most time-consuming parts of a teacher’s role, but using a content curation platform like Wakelet can make that time fly! 5. Using content curation as an additional lesson resource allows students to engage with a subject independently and explore the areas that interest them. 6. 7. Digital storytelling has a number of uses in the classroom. 8. 9.
Tool literacy as a new process I’ve been thinking a bit about the notion of app smashing and the way we introduce learning challenges in our classrooms and libraries. And I am thinking there’s a thinking process going on that we’re not thinking about nearly enough. The Evolution of the Desk by Best Reviews Introducing a tool and saying you are going to use this tool to tell this story is kinda like saying go to page 347 and do exercises three through five. The notion of app smashing was coined by Greg Kulowiec (@gregkulowiec) of EdTechTeacher Loosely, it’s the process of using multiple applications together in order to to complete complex tasks or projects. I think the word process is important. We need to learn how to leverage the tools on our new desks. Affordances are the possible ways a tools could be used by an individual in a particular context. I’ve been engaging in a bit of metaphorical thinking around tool literacy: It’s a bit like building a piña colada out of Jelly Belly jelly beans.
*Automation - NYC School Librarian Guidebook Automation is a software application to assist building level librarians with the management of the library catalog, circulation, material and patron activity, as well the production of a variety of reports and statistics. Automation is not just a tool to modernize the job of the librarian; it is a tool that provides greater access to the library’s collection for students, staff, and parents. Physical access to the library collection is a prerequisite to equitable and intellectual access. One of the first benchmarks of the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum is for students to independently locate books on a shelf in a library using a library's catalog. The universal standard in 21st century for libraries is a web-based catalog.
Driving Questions in Project-based Learning Join our project-based learning email list to get the PBL Planning Guide, video trainings, tips, and more to help you on your project based learning journey! Share these ideas! Whether you’re a frequent user of project-based learning or a newbie, you know there are a lot of different parts to it. One of the parts that I think often gets left behind is the driving question. Full Training Video Directed vs. First of all, it’s important to understand what type of questions you’re already asking in your classroom. Directed Questions: Have one correct answer.Are based on quick facts.Are necessary, but not appropriate for a project’s driving question. Open-ended Questions: Have multiple correct answers.Allow students to approach the question from different viewpoints.Require students to investigate before answering the question. How to write driving questions You’ll only need one driving question for your overall project-based learning activity. Driving question examples Using the driving question
HyperDocs and the teacher librarian The concept of HyperDocs is spreading all over edtech land. HyperDocs are perfect opportunities to grow teacher librarian/ classroom teacher partnerships. A true extension of what TLs do or should be doing in a hyperlinked information landscape, HyperDocs are all about curation and collaboration, instruction based on engaged inquiry, as well as our mission to inspire learning communities to think, create, share and grow. While it’s quite possible you’ve been building HyperDocs-like instruction for years on a variety of platforms, we can now connect our work to an accepted model and a growing and generous community! What are HyperDocs? According to the HyperDocs site, HyperDocs, a transformative, interactive Google Doc replacing the worksheet method of delivering instruction, is the ultimate change agent in the blended learning classroom. I recently interviewed the three teachers behind the HyperDocs model. Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton and Sarah Landis ask the simple, but provocative question:
Librarians wanted for smashing, blending, toolkit building. Tell me if you’ve seen this happen. A classroom teacher or a teacher librarian friend attends a workshop or a webinar about a certain app, masters it and tries to use it, a lot. There are likely better tools for the various tasks at hand, but they aren’t easily discoverable. Pre-service training does not prepare most educators to create personal toolkits, palettes or catalogs from which they might easily find the apps or sites needed to creatively blend or smash apps and sites. Recently, I wrote about the growing importance of app smashing, or creating a palette for blending–the power of combining multiple tools to achieve an instructional or creative goal. I’ve been thinking that a new, and critical element of our mission as librarians is the curating of apps to meet the needs of specific grades, projects, classes, teachers and administrators. For years, our pathfinders and guides blended instruction, content and basic web tools for research. All of these systems support learner agency.
How to Write Effective Driving Questions for Project-Based Learning To get a better sense of this, I encourage you to watch some videos at the Buck Institute for Education's "How To Do PBL" playlist on their YouTube Channel before we dig in. Our Driving Question Now Is: How to Write an Effective Driving Question? First, we need to understand why we have them. Driving questions are there for two entities, the teacher and the student. For the teacher: A DQ helps to initiate and focus the inquiry. It also captures and communicates the purpose of the project in a succinct question. For the student Ultimately, the driving question is for the students. It guides the project work. This relates to my next point. My driving question is posted all over my classroom. The Tale of the "Snarky Kid" I must tell the story about "Snarky Kid." My administrator, of course, came up to Snarky Kid, and asked, "What are you working on and why?" Snarky Kid replied, "We are working on stupid commas." "Oh, I see," said my administrator. Fantastic, right!?!
The 5 Models Of Content Curation Curation has always been an underrated form of creation. The Getty Center in Los Angeles is one of the most frequently visited museums in America – and started as a private art collection from one man (J. Paul Getty) who had a passion for art. Aside from a few well known examples like this one, however, the term curation has rarely been used outside of the world of art … until now. One of the hottest trends in social media right now is content curation – thanks in no small part to the leading efforts of several thought leaders actively promoting the idea. What Is Content Curation? Back in 2009 I published a blog post called the “Manifesto For The Content Curator” which predicted that this role would be one of the fastest growing and most important jobs of the future. Content Curation is a term that describes the act of finding, grouping, organizing or sharing the best and most relevant content on a specific issue. The 5 Models Of Content Curation Additional Posts About Content Curation: