I love the way examining curating from the perspective of other disciplines adds such richness to our definition and understanding of what it is, and what we are trying to accomplish with the act of curating.
I love the fact that Diana responds to teachers who ask her when she just "tells students stuff" -she suggests that if you spark the interest, they can do the research. And...this leads to more ownership and engagement. This is where student curation begins! Great tips for creating a culture of inquiry.
We are increasingly confronted by more and more content, and that is why many of us appreciate services that help us discover the gems. Google tackles the p
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Wow --curators as dumpster divers --that's a new one! But seriously, I have been doing a lot of thinking about the connection between storytelling and curating. Love this quote:
"Something really interesting happens in the curation process, because stories don't have intrinsic value. An unshared story is basically like rubbish, lying around without any value. Stories gain their meaning and value by sharing but it's not as simple as that. The curator imparts her own value, status and trust, upon the story."
"If stories are tribal currency, then curators are money handlers."
I am very excited to find this work to share with my teachers. I continue to get pushback as I try to encourage them to allow time for students to curate. The fact of the matter is that true curation takes time, but the skills gained by students cannot be ignored, and research and critical analysis are found throughout the Common Core Standards. Curation is also a pathway to personalized learning as students pursue their own areas of interest through the art of curation.
"Flipboard is a fantastic ereading tool which has also become a premier curation tool. I've created a magazine Education Inspirivation that you can subscribe to in Flipboard by clicking on the Flipboard link:http://flip.it/WaRGT"
Excellent post from Langwitches! She addresses the progression of moving from collector to curator, quoting Mike Fisher, who observed, "Curating is different. It’s the Critical Thinker’s collection, and involves several nuances that separate it as an independent and classroom-worthy task." Sylvia writes: "There are different sides to Twitter as a Curation tool: Taking advantage of a network of curators working for you (building your own customized network), consuming their curated information Collecting, organizing, connecting, attributing, interpreting, summarizing the vast amount of information that comes across your desk/ feed /books/articles/etc. for YOURSELF! Becoming consciously the curator for others for a particular niche, area of expertise or interest. Disseminate resources, add value, put in perspective, create connections, present in a different light/media/language. Real time curation allows you to be part of an event, that you physically might not be attending or being on the opposite end allows you to be the bridge for others to participate at an event where you are present, but your network is not."
Online instructors face the challenges of keeping a course up to date, engaging students, and maintaining integrity. Having students generate some of the course content can address all three of these challenges.
Nancy White's insight:
Here is another great example of students curating, and the ownership of the learning shifting to the students as a result.
"Curation is sometimes confusing. Everyone has a different definition and it’s used in many different ways as part of content and marketing strategies.
"I asked 11 of my favorite curation experts for their best tips, tools, their favorite curator and suggestions on innovative uses of curation. Each is a curator on Scoop.it, my favorite curation tool and channel. New and experienced curators are going to learn from their advice."
More thinking on the connection of storytelling and curating:
"Curation is an act of problem solving. Curating information to tell a story creates a sense of responsibility for the curator. Storytelling advances the core media literacy principles of analysis, evaluation and creation. By curating, students can compose a story using content acquired on their search with heightened awareness of purpose and audience (Hobbs 2010). All media online is searchable by any user of the web, but the task of the curator is to organize the information into a story in order to share with others in a coherent, nuanced and clear manner. Guided by the teacher, students can access content, analyze and evaluate the messages, create presentations, reflect on findings, and work together in collaborative environments "
As the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Thomas P. Campbell thinks deeply about curating—not just selecting art objects, but placing them in a setting where the public can learn their stories.
Many good ideas can be found here regarding what we need to teach students about curating digital content for learning. The importance of story - and to really look at something (or read it!). The importance of asking quesitons and seeking answers before adding it to your curated collection to determine if it is a good fit. There are many parallels to the world of digital curation.