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Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves

Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good, Deanna Mascle
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The three student blogs at the end of this post are truly amazing.  A must read!

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Audrey's curator insight, March 21, 7:30 PM

Curating is about finding and selecting information in order to learn about a subject. Youngsters can be encouraged to do this  pre-school.  This motivational 21st century skill can be encouraged at home. with educational games toys and and books which stimulates interest.  For example children can learn about  science by interacting with Chemistry Lab; Horrible Science - explosive experiments; Newton's Cradle and Science Museum.  By the time they get to school they are already full of curiosity and ready to increase their knowledge.  Audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 30, 9:27 AM

By Robin Good,

Here's a short first-hand report highlighting how an 8th grade social studies class teacher (Terri Inloes) has fully leveraged the content curation potential to let her students dive, discover and make sense of topics (in this case social reform movements) that they had not studied before. All by themselves.


Here the steps taken to make this happen:


a) By using the Question Formulation Technique, the teacher prepared pairs of photographs representing each of the reform movements, one picture dating back to the late 19th century, and another representing where that social reform movement stands in today’s society. 


b) After checking out all of the photos, students settled on the pair of pictures that most caught their interest.


c) They brainstormed and refined a set of specific questions, and then shared their thinking with the class. 

d) With the feedback received they selected the topic which they would curate. 

e) At this point students planned their research strategies. By using 5 different graphic organizers from the book Q Tasks, by Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwaan, students were allowed to choose the one that they thought would help them the most in planning their keyword search strategies. 


f) Students were assigned WordPress blogs and provided basic instructions on how to use them to 

curate and publish their research work.


g) Discovery and real learning kicked in as students proceeded in collaborative groups to research and document their chosen topic. 


You can see some of the outcomes that this assignment produced right here:


General Conclusions

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/2014/02/24/conclusion-3/


Voting Rights Inequality

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/


Mental Health Treatment
http://tmsorangementalhealthcaretreatments.d20blogs.org/


Prohibition Acts

http://tmsorangeprohibitionacts.d20blogs.org/ 

 



A very inspiring example of content curation can be effectively applied in the classroom with impressive results. 


Highly recommended. 9/10


Thanks to Nancy White of Innovations in Education for participating, writing and reporting about it.

 Thanks to Robin Good for the fine summary in this insight.
The ideas here offer a great classroom challenge to students.{Monica}
Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 2:57 PM

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Earth & Space Science

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Books & More drop down menu with variety of informational book titles to support various science categories.  

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Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

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Practicing kindness has proven health and psychological benefits, and teaching kindness contributes to behavior patterns that counteract the impulse toward bullying.
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Kindness heightens sense of well being, brings feelings of optimism and self worth.

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Extend your twitter PLN by joining in some of these edchat groups.  Complete listing (date & time) found here.

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ArchivesOfOntario's albums on Flickr

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Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.
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Amazing visual library.

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Creation of Hope

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The Creation of Hope – working together to create a future for the orphans of Mbooni Region in Kenya. Click any image below to see a larger version or to start the slideshow:
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These are the children and this is the place who inspired Eric Walters to write Walking Home and his three latest picture books.

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Hope Springs - Eric Walters

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Hope Springs Faced with a water shortage caused by a drought, young Boniface learns about the desperate things people will do and his attempt to chase away that desperation – where there is water there is life. Based on the development of a real water project in Kikima Kenya this picture book features the art …
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Eric Walters inspired TCDSB Literacy reps with his true stories of the orphans of Kenya and the hopeful work of the Creation of Hope foundation.  This book will continue to inspire both educators and students alike in our 170 elementary schools.

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The One and Only Ivan

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This is one of my all time favourites books.  If you have not shared it with your class, what are you waiting for?

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Asking Good Questions | Burkins & Yaris

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In a recent presentation at the Nassau Reading Council/Long Island, Kate Gerson, spoke in depth about text-based questions and explained, “A good question is
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Are you asking the questions you intended to ask?

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The Third teacher

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The Action Research Journey of Vanessa Miller
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A great blog especially in relation to classroom environment.  Worth a look.

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Seven Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Multiple-Choice Questions

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The goal of any well-constructed test is to test students’ expertise on a topic and not their test-taking skills. We need to eliminate as many flaws in our questions as we can to “provide a level playing field for testwise and not-so-testwise students. The probability of answering a question correctly should relate to an examinee's expertise on the topic and should not relate to their expertise on test-taking strategies.” (NMBE, 2001, p 19)

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More Ways to Write About Reading

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I remember now why it is important to keep a reader's notebook.

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Before You Assign a Reading Log

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I dig through Thea, my 5-year old's backpack, after her first day of Kindergarten.  After all, her new teacher told us to check ever night and I want to be a good parent.  Notes from the PTO, fundr...

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Interpretation Series: Discovering Themes. (Part I)

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As most of you know, we have recently become parents. It's pretty awesome. I am currently spending a lot of time home with Bo, which I feel lucky to be able to do. Thing is, it can get lonely. Just...
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Some good suggestions on finding big ideas in texts and explaining why.

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TEACH-LEARN-LEAD

Teaching, Learning, and Leading Epicenter
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A virtual library at your fingertips.  This wonderful curated collection is very extensive and a great resource for a wide range of links.

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Knowledge Building - Inquiry Based Learning - LearnTeachLead.ca

Knowledge Building - Inquiry Based Learning - LearnTeachLead.ca | Area 5 Lit | Scoop.it
In Knowledge Building/Creation classrooms, students work to identify problems of understanding, create theories, carry out research and investigations in order to refine their theories over time, revise their problems and strategies, and share and monitor the progress of the community towards its goals of advancing knowledge.
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Great video resource focusing on inquiry.  Just newly structured LNS K-12 website.

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Unite for Literacy library

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Unite for Literacy is a social enterprise that provides digital access to picture books, narrated in immigrant and indigenous languages. They are for everyone, for free, forever. We know that literacy is at the core of a healthy community, and so we UNITE with partners to create Picture Book Abundance and enable all families to read with their young children.
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An amazing web based resource.  A bookshelf of books at the emergent reading level just ready to access.  Absolutely free!

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Walking Home - Eric Walters

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Walking Home Thirteen-year-old Muchoki, his younger sister, Jata, and mother can hardly believe what has become of their lives. Only weeks ago they lived with their family in a quiet Kenyan village, but sudden political violence has destroyed their home and forced them to flee for their lives. Now they live in a tent in …
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This is what I am reading now.  

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Jacqueline Woodson | Books for children and young adultsJacqueline Woodson

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Here's my second all time favourite book.  A wonderful storyteller shares her own story through rhyme.  Inspirational.

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I Inquire …(with a Little Help from my Friends)

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This post is a bit overdue but things have been happening fast around here these days.…so here it goes…This year I am teaching grade 3 for the first time. I’ve taught many grades but not grade 3. A...
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A new offering on math from one of my favourite sites.  Always so much learning here.

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WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

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Building a movement in which every child has the right to meaningful outdoor experiences that invite them to play, learn, and explore their place in nature every day.
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Learn more about the outdoors and experiences that support student learning in natural environments.

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21 Picture Books About Strong Girls

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21 picture books with strong female characters. Girls can do anything and these books help you teach that to your little girls and little boys.
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Check out this great list of books.

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Encourage...Engage...Enlighten...Empower: Spelling

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Need to explore some of these apps.

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