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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. 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 Curation was once the purview of experts and professionals who collected and preserved resources. Related Explore:

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. From the New York Times: "...Mr.

40 Social Media Curation Sites and Tools « Social Media Pearls How can you use Web 2.0 to enhance your projects? COACHES' CORNER | Dayna Laur In a 21st Century classroom, you would expect to find 21st Century technology. Unfortunately, the stark reality is that unlimited access to technology in a classroom is not a given. The technology used in a Project Based Learning unit should not be an “add-on” to the project. Here are some tools to support the design of your PBL unit that focus on demonstrating content mastery and critical thinking.Use Wikispaces as a “warehouse” for the collaborative content that is acquired by your students as they conduct an in-depth investigation surrounding the Driving Question for the project. BIE National Faculty

schooX - The Academy for Self Learners - Online Courses and Certificates 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! What is a Digital Story? 7 Things You Should Know About Digital Storytelling- An overview of the pros and cons of digital storytelling Examples Island Movies- These movies were part of a contest for students in Hawaii. Nice example using clip art to have students write a creative story Should You Be Afraid of Snakes? Pre-Writing/Brainstorming

Be Discovered!Scoop’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 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 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 latest version of addresses this need by offering four upgrades: 1. The overwhelming positive feedback we have on is its visual, appealing magazine format. 2. 3. 4.

How To Visualize Where Your Tweets Go This is going to be an epic set of projects for your classroom. If you’re a tweeting teacher, listen up. If you’ve ever tweeted something and it’s gotten retweeted a few times, you probably thought ‘hey that’s great, a few extra people saw what I wrote’ and patted yourself on the back. That simple number of retweets doesn’t really tell the whole story. Until now, it’s been nearly impossible to know who saw what on Twitter. I’m pretty sure they used magic to build this site.

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? PART ONE: WHATS A FAIR START? Is it just to tax the rich to help the poor? John Rawls says we should answer this question by asking what principles you would choose to govern the distribution of income and wealth if you did not know who you were, whether you grew up in privilege or in poverty. Wouldnt you want an equal distribution of wealth, or one that maximally benefits whomever happens to be the least advantaged? After all, that might be you. Professor Sandel recaps how income, wealth, and opportunities in life should be distributed, according to the three different theories raised so far in class. PART ONE: WHATS A FAIR START?

The Five Best Tools for Creating Videos Without Installing Software Over the years I've published some lists and reviews of free tools for creating videos online. Quite a few of those tools have been for creating simple videos that are really just automated, audio slideshows. See Animoto for an example of this. There's nothing inherently wrong with having your students use those tools, but at some point you will want to take your video projects to the next level. These are the five tools that I recommend for creating and editing videos without installing any special software. Pixorial is the online video creation tool that I hear teachers talking about a lot lately. WeVideo is a collaborative online video creation tool. PowToon is a nice service for creating explanatory videos through a drag and drop process. Wideo is a service that allows anyone to create animated videos and Common Craft-style videos online. WIDEOO REEL ENG NEW LOGO from Agustin Esperon on Vimeo.