“A content curator is a person who finds, collects, organizes and shares the most relevant and the best items for a particular collection. With this, content curation is basically archiving and curating within the digital world.” Rohit Bhargava

There are so many sites for students to use when researching that sometimes searching for the best information can take over from the important task of analysing, synthesising and evaluating the information. By collating and curating relevant sites in advance, we can make this task more effective and efficient for learners in your classroom allowing them to organise and share information in a coherent way.

Curation can include the following objectives:

There are many curation sites that we may use in our personal lives. Pinterest is a great example of this, however Pinterest is often not accessible in schools due to filtering or concerns for inappropriate content. Below is an easy 2-step guide to making the most of some great sites that have been developed for educational settings.

 

Step 1

Explore the sites and example curation collections below. Watch the videos and read some information on the sites to understand how it might suit your skills, needs and outcomes. Consider which might be best for your classroom situation.

 

Tool: EduClipper  

Example: Mr W’s Musical Theatre Clipboard

 

Tool: SymbalooEDU  

Example: Stage 4 History

 

Tool: Blendspace  

Example: Salvador Dali – Madman or Genius?

 

Tool: Pearltrees  

Example: 30 years of Space Shuttle History

 

Tool: Diigo  

Example: Year 11 Modern History - 2012

 

Tool: Learn.ist  

Example: The Dred Scott Decision and Education Category

 

Microsoft OneNote

  • Create a Section or Page dedicated to links. Use a Table to collate.

 

Step 2

Decide on a unit of work that you could use a curated collection of sites to your best advantage to focus and direct student research and learning. Follow the three steps below to begin your first curation.

  1. Create a login at your favorite site
  2. Watch a tutorial or two on your chosen tool. Most curation tools will have a tutorial on their site or you can always search YouTube for ‘How to use XXXXX’
  3. Start curating sites
  4. Consider how you will share the link your curation collection has created.  

In short, curation can help you to help student filter the internet and build their knowledge in a more focused study. Why not give it a go and share your experiences in the comments below.

Image from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/will-lion/2595497078/in/faves-mattikolu/

 

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