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How Can Web 2.0 Curation Tools Be Used in the Classroom?

How Can Web 2.0 Curation Tools Be Used in the Classroom?
Digital Tools Jeff Thomas “Curation” may be one of the big buzzwords of 2011. As the amount of information accumulates thanks to the Web, it becomes increasingly important that we use tools to help us find information that’s relevant and useful. The role of the curator has always been to help pull together and oversee collections of materials. But just as Web 2.0 has expanded the traditional role of publisher to almost anyone, the role of curator now too is changing. There are a number of tools that enable this. “Curation offers a context on the biggest learning playground the world has ever known.” That’s another vital part of the act of curation: what other people have deemed important. While the Web has perhaps democratized who can be an expert, we do still prefer to turn to those with specific backgrounds and from specific professions, especially when it comes to education.One interesting new curation tool is Scoop.it. Related Explore: Scoop.it

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Are MOOCs the Future of Online Learning? Teaching Strategies Arienne McCracken In education, we often hear arguments in favor of smaller class sizes. These arguments contend that students learn better when there are fewer of them in a class, because each one gets more individualized attention from the instructor. So it may seem counter-intuitive to support classes that can swell to several thousand participants. The death of Web 2.0 is nigh Publisher Tim O'Reilly at a recent conference. Photograph: esri.com Perhaps it was the spurious precision of the headline that caught my eye. "Web 2.0 will end on October 1 2012", it said. The idea of a meme – an infectious idea – having a definite termination point was peculiar enough; but a meme as nebulous as Web 2.0? Of course the phrase had become ubiquitous in PR-speak over the past few years.

Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons There is a growing number of key trends that are both rapidly revolutionizing the world of education as we know it and opening up opportunities to review and upgrade the role and scope of many of its existing institutions, (as the likeliness that they are going to soon become obsolete and unsustainable, is right in front of anyone's eyes). George Siemens, in his recent Open Letter to Canadian Universities, sums them up well: 1) An Overwhelming Abundance of Information Which Begs To Be OrganizedThe goal is not (and probably it never was) to learn or memorize all of the information available out there. It's just too much even if we focus only on the very essence of it. The goal is to learn how to learn, to know where to look for something and to be able to identify which parts of all the information available are most relevant to learn or achieve a certain goal or objective.This is why new digital literacy skills are of such great importance.

Be Discovered!Scoop Scoop.it’s first mission is to help people publish gorgeous magazines by means of curation – and by doing so, make their passion and expertise be heard and recognized on the web. We endeavor to offer the easiest and most powerful solution to help curators find great content, edit it in engaging magazines, and share it to their Social Media. The rapidly growing community of curators on Scoop.it tells us we are on the right track; we feel this is a valuable mission! Now, curators and visitors are asking: what about discovering content and curators in Scoop.it too? More and more curators find inspiration from other curators’ publications; more and more visitors want to dig deeper and access more content related to their interests.

The Google+ Guide For Educators Home » Education, Social Media Written by Grace2 August 2011 Unless you've been living under a rock the last month, undoubtedly you've heard of the new social networking site everyone has been raving about: Google+. All this buzz has generated some great articles (my to-read pile just keeps growing!) 2020's Learning Landscape 2020's Learning LandscapeA Retrospective of Dyslexia David H. Rose, Ed. D. and Ge Vue, Ed. M. teachnology / Digital Storytelling DigiTales- The site created by Bernajean Porter, with resources for digital storytelling, many of which are linked below Center for Digital Storytelling- Based in Berkeley, with international digital storytelling resources Digital Storytelling Cookbook- By Joe Lambert, from the Center for Digital Storytelling The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling- Site from University of Houston, with examples, guidelines, tips, and other resources, many of which are linked below The DAOW of Storytelling- by Jason Ohler, another look at the elements of digital storytelling; a good lunchtime read!

Students Becoming Curators of Information?  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 Creative Education's Lesson Plan Search Engine We’ve recently discovered they joy of Google Custom Search engines – you can quite easily create your own – but this time we’ve done the hard work for you and indexed some of the most popular sites for lesson plans so you can search to your heart’s content for lesson plans and resources a plenty. Here is the link to our Lesson Plan Search Engine – or you can return to it anytime by visiting the blog and clicking on the ‘Lesson Plan Search’ button at the top right of the page. I hope you like it. Please let me know if there are any specific sites you’d like to be added to the index. Hopefully it will save you some time and generate some ideas – do let me know what you think.

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