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Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons

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.

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Don't mind the gap Earlier this year the House of Lords digital skills committee published a report calling for the teaching of digital skills in schools to be treated as a third core subject, on a par with lessons in numeracy and literacy. The committee also called for urgent action to support teachers who are not sufficiently well equipped to teach the new computing curriculum, insisting that no child should leave school without basic digital literacy. This got me thinking. While of course I agree with the committee’s overarching goal of ensuring that UK PLC will be able to count on a workforce that is digitally literate enough to compete successfully on the world stage, I am not sure whether teachers will ever feel confident that they are sufficiently digitally literate to teach the subject.

What is digital curation? The digital curation lifecycle Digital curation and data preservation are ongoing processes, requiring considerable thought and the investment of adequate time and resources. You must be aware of, and undertake, actions to promote curation and preservation throughout the data lifecycle. The digital curation lifecycle comprises the following steps: Conceptualise: conceive and plan the creation of digital objects, including data capture methods and storage options. Create: produce digital objects and assign administrative, descriptive, structural and technical archival metadata. Access and use: ensure that designated users can easily access digital objects on a day-to-day basis.

The Road to Successful Learning is Paved With Mistakes Today’s educators are quite concerned that our present educational system still has a long way to go in terms of providing a successful learning experience for students of all ages. Nowhere is this more evident than in the short film here, produced by Ericsson, and featuring some forward-thinking individuals who are hoping that the future will build on past mistakes and achievements to build a brighter educational future: We Can No Longer Utilize 20th Century Learning Techniques It is a foregone conclusion that technology must be utilized in order to ensure that every learner gets the most out of his or her educational opportunities. Teachers will always play a valuable role in learning, but they need to start teaching learners to be independent thinkers, rather than spoon-feeding them information that will only be regurgitated on a standardized test.

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. untitled Students can often take the easy way when generating a presentation, creating lists of bullet points from a source text, without thinking about the effectiveness (or not) of such approaches or how close they may be to plagiarism of the source. As educators who are seeking to develop students transferable skills we need to facilitate the acquisition of more imaginative approaches to oral presentations by students. “Reconstructing” the source information to create something more visual may itself facilitate learning. In this post Maria Jackson (FHEA, Senior University Teacher, University of Glasgow, Maria.Jackson@glasgow.ac.uk) outlines the experiences that led her to consider 'banning the bullet' in future student presentations. Sitting through a series of student presentations recently I was unpleasantly surprised by the pervasive bullet point slides (sometimes with a token image in one corner to make it more “visual”!).

Curation! (2) PowerPoint Presentation: Digital Curation My site: springfieldlibrary.wikispaces.com / My blog: blog.schoollibraryjournal.com/neverendingsearch / My tweets: @ joycevalenza My Guides sdst.libguides.com / newtools sdst.libguides.com / researchtools databases Presentation joycedownunder.wikispaces.com / Curation for search Noam Chomsky on the Purpose of Education by Maria Popova On the value of cultivating the capacity to seek the significant. In this talk based on his presentation at the Learning Without Frontiers conference in January, philosopher, linguist, and cognitive scientist Noam Chomsky — easily one of our time’s sharpest thinkers — discusses the purpose of education. Despite the slow pace and the cheesy AfterEffects animated typography, the video is a treasure trove of insight on everything from the role of technology to the pitfalls of policy. On the industrialization of education, echoing Sir Ken Robinson’s admonition about its effects on creativity:

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? One in ten adults have no IT experience One in ten adults have no experience of using computers, according to a report published by the OECD last month. The report, “Adults, Computers and Problem Solving – What’s the Problem”, reveals some key patterns concerning levels of ICT competence across the OECD and their consequences. While one third of adults across OECD nations participating in the 2012 PIAAC Survey of Adult Skills are at the highest levels of proficiency in using ICT, the survey also reveals that a significant proportion of adults have limited ICT skills or indeed no experience of using computers at all.

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