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The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators.


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Understanding Content Curation – A Refresh

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In the summer of 2012, I began an exploration of the concept of Content Curation, and what this meant for teachers and students. Little did I know at the time that my journey would involve curating…about curating.  Given the task of providing professional development for teachers to curate resources for backwards-designed units, I started researching…
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Just launched a new blog with a refresh of my original article on content curation, written 5 years ago. New insight into the elements of personal connection, learning community, and storytelling.
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When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges | Curating Learning Resources | Scoop.it
By identifying thinking routines for students, teachers can help deepen metacognitive skills that are applicable to all areas of life.
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Establishing thinking routines seems very closely related to curating for learning. Observing - analyzing - questioning - organizing - making connections...this is also happening in curating. The thing not addressed in this research, which I believe sets curating apart - is sharing with an audience.  In fact, I am seeing now that this sharing element is really an important piece- and that with this element, storytelling seems to always be present. I'm going to work on a few changes to my infographic to incorporate this new understanding.
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Obsolete Skill Set: The 3 Rs

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This describes the messy, yet systematic process of curating!

"Deeper rethinking focuses on the nature of knowledge and the learner's relationship to it. To illustrate this idea, I go back to the story about the child and the giraffes. I may have adopted an adult approach to the question by using books. But more important, I pursued the question by exploring in the way that children explore the immediate world around them. When I looked up giraffes in the encyclopedia I did not find out how they sleep, but I did learn a lot about giraffes, which led to new searches. I went from article to article and then from book to book following associations. I was playing. But as I played, I built a web of knowledge that could not always be described, even though it came from the medium of print. When I went to bed I still had not found a direct answer. But by then I knew enough about giraffes to think about the question in an informed way, and to figure out that they probably sleep standing up. My activity followed a pattern very reminiscent of a child at play. And the knowledge I gained was not the collection of propositions I read in the books, but the web of intuitive connections that formed as my mind bounced here and there in a non-linear fashion."

-Dr. Seymour Papert
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Curation as a tool for teaching and learning (with images) · hbailie

A digital essay completed by Heather Bailie as part of the assessment requirements of #INF530 Concepts & Practices for a Digital Age.
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Quite a thorough review of what has been written on the topic of content curation for teaching & learning. Pleased to see one of my posts show up here!
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Duncan Cole's curator insight, November 3, 2016 6:12 PM
Quite a thorough review of what has been written on the topic of content curation for teaching & learning. Pleased to see one of my posts show up here!
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Project-Based Learning: Teaching Students to Be Great Curators - BAM! Radio Network

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Our guest has developed an engaging program to teach students the difference between collecting and curating in the context of learning through inquiry. Learn more.

Follow: @coolcatteacher @NancyW @bamradionetwork

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In my interview with @coolcatteacher Vicki Davis, I reflect on the importance of authentic audience to reach the true potential of a curating project. 

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Dorlee Michaeli's curator insight, November 26, 2015 9:12 PM

Teaching students to curate information is not only a valuable skill in today's time but critical for the development of their PLN

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Trends Aside, Libraries Support Student Content Creation Now | Horizon K-12 Report

Trends Aside, Libraries Support Student Content Creation Now | Horizon K-12 Report | Curating Learning Resources | Scoop.it
The evolution of students from consumers to creators of content continues as a major trend in education, according to the 2015 Horizon K-12 Report. Smart tech integration is at the heart of this transition, and libraries are helping lead the way.
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This article shares information about  students as content creators...in the library! Makerspaces are not always about cardboard arcades.  " Andy Plemmons, a media specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary School in Clarke County, GA, worked with classroom teachers to design a unit that pushed students to bring their research into the real world. "

This is an example of students as curators. The learning goes deep!

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A framework for content curation

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In conversation at EduTECH earlier this month, Harold Jarche evoked George E. P. Box's quote that "all models are wrong, but some are useful". Of course, the purpose of a model is to simplify a com...
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This presents a new perspective on the scenario where the teacher curates information/content for the student. But, I think it also provides structure for students to continue on with their own curation. When the teacher reaches the "extend me" level, and the student connects with the information at that level, they have the potential to adopt this topic and begin their own learning journey through curating. 

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What is Content Curation?

Content curation can be a powerful tactic in establishing yourself as a thought leader. But, just like the museum curator, the key to success centers on what you ...
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This is  a great, easy-to-understand video that could be shown to students to help them understand how to be a content curator. How awesome it would be to give our students an opportunity to become a "thought leader" on a topic they are passionate about!

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Jim Rickabaugh: "Getting Learning Right the First Time, Every Time" - YouTube

http://www.siis2012.com Keynote from the second general session of the 2012 School Improvement Innovation Summit held in Salt Lake City. Jim Rickabaugh is th...
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Three key aspects to personalize learning: 1) Deep understanding of the learner; 2) Customized learning path created with learner input; 3) Measure learning proficiency, not seat time. 

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Nancy White's curator insight, May 12, 2015 11:42 AM

3 key aspects to personalized learning: 1)Deep understanding of the learner (personal learning profile) 2) Customized learning path with learner input 3)Measure learning by proficiency, not seat time--without interrupting learning.

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SAMR Model_Search&Collect_Example.pdf

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At the redefinition level, the research can also be described as true curation.

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I am seeing similar characteristics between content curators and information flaneurs described in this paper. 

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Kent Bottles Private Views: Why I Am an Information Flaneur

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So, I am realizing today that I have been a bit of an information flaneur regarding the topic of the LMS for K-12 students (Jessica, Chris & Sarah -you know what I mean!) and started thinking about the connection to curating information.  I am going to post a series of items that address this as I try to shape my thoughts around where flaneurs fit into the concept of information curation.  This first post was written around the same time I wrote my own post on the subject - but from a completely diferent professional perspective. This is what brought me back to the idea of curating - and the power that comes from cross-disciplinary connections -allowing you to really build and see context - an important ingredient of curation. 

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Curation as Digital Literacy Practice

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I have been writing my PhD so haven't updated this blog for a while. Thesis writing is taking up a lot of my mental space as I get the ideas, storyline and contentions to 'coalesce' and cohere in a...
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>>Absolutely agree!!>> "Digital curation therefore is not just about finding relevant material, although that is a significant part of it, but is also about creating a specific and unique experience by utilising the resulting materials which then become contextualised within a new space. A curator, therefore, whether she is a journalist-by-proxy such as Popova or a student completing an assignment in a classroom, not only collects and interprets, but also creates a new experience with it. In this respect, curation is a process of problem solving, re-assembling, re-creating, and stewardship of other people’s writing. "

 

New idea for me - "stewardship of other people's writing." I love the teachable moments this suggest when it comes to student understanding of intellectual property & copyright.

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Nancy White's comment, July 24, 2015 3:46 PM
One more aha after revisiting this piece: This supports my belief that curating is different from simply collecting information--or "doing research." I love the comment about allowing the reader to enter into conversation with writers of the texts. It is the social aspect that is so very important to the curating project - sharing with a broad audience, yes - but more than that--- conversation!
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The Science of Storytelling Visually Explained

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Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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Just as my journey to curate information about curation started with gaining an understanding of  how content marketers are curating, now as I begin to understand the connection between curation for learning and storytelling, I find my content marketing friends have already figured this out! 
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What Makes A Great Curator Great?

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This piece was brilliantly written by my fellow curator, Robin Good for those of you who haven't read this.


Beth Kanter has added some very valuable insights so I am reposting this. I might also add that Beth Kanter is an example of what Robin refers to as a great curator. When you go to her blog, you will see that she consistently produces value for her readers by following what Robin suggests makes someone great.


I agree with Beth that Giuseppe Mauriello is also a trusted source and provides value for his readers.

                       

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Sorry my commentary is so long but this was so thought provoking, I just couldn't help myself:-)


The headline draws you in and the material more than delivers on that promise. What makes a great curator is clearly demonstrated in this piece. Bravo Robin!


I'm not going to repost what Robin has said but add my own comments, just as if I were in a conversation with him.


In Robin's own words - A great curator does the following:


"Optimizes, Edits, Formats, Selects, Excerpts, Writes, Classifies, Links, Personalizes, Vets, Credits, Filters, Taps, Suggests, Searches, Scouts, Hacks Filters and Searches, Is Transparent, Recommends, Crowdsources"


As you read this article, pay attention to how he has done all the above. He creates a standard, he gives you some criteria so you can understand what makes someone great and what makes someone no so great.


****He is responding to an article he read in Forbes about curation which talks about  the importance of keywords.  Robin stresses the importance of "human curation" adding your personal touch and bringing added value to what you're curating and not trying to fit what you're saying into keywords that will draw traffic from the search engines.  


These are my comments..........


**** Curation is new and is evolving.  Water rises to its own level.  The people who know why they're curating, who their audience is, how they consume information and what they need, and then act on this, will become great trusted sources.


Some people just want information. Others want to engage by adding comments or another layer of context. There's a rhythm to this and it takes time to find the right balance.


I think a great curator is a good listener and a keen observer who selects content that "speaks to the audience's listening".  Paying attention to this and fine tuning your approach takes a lot of work but it's worth it. I'm inserting a direct quote from Robin:


"One point: I believe that curators, as I see them, should rarely if ever be driven by analytics data or statistics but to their personal experience and viewpoint. Their goal is not in fact to go after the broadest and most numerous audience but have the humbleness and vision to serve a very specific need and tribe."


If you're passionate and knowledgable about the topic you're curating, and you are committed to serving your readers, you will be great.


In business you have to have a unique sales proposition. Adding context to what you curate will set you apart from others and make you great. This is your place to contribute something new, perhaps you disagree with what was said and you bring a new perspective. Anything you can do to expand the piece and add dimension to it is valuable to others.


Robin produced this video in 2009 with Gerd Leonhard, a highly respected media futurist. It is excellent. The title speaks for itself: "The Relevance Of Context In Content Curation"  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDo6YrJKaoM.


There is also another piece "Context Not Content is King" by Arnold Waldstein I posted this some time ago. It is very relevant today and hopefully sheds more light on what will set you apart from people who are just aggregating links.


Last but not least......

 

Robin also has a view point and invites us into a conversation when he discusses the scoring system which you will see when you read the article. It makes me want to  respond, it's a two way dialogue between him and me, he's not just talking at me by reposting content without adding anything else.


I happen to agree with him about this but that's a whole other discussion.


Curated by JanLGordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"


This is only a taster.  To see the full article by a true master-curator at the top of his game, click here


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Oh my - all of my favorite  thought leaders on curation in one spot! This immediately caught my eye and introduced a new way for me to look at curation- as a way to "find your tribe."
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Beth Kanter's comment, November 6, 2011 11:16 AM
Robin: Your point about using metrics and data .. I think what you are saying is that we should be "data-informed" - not data driven. That we don't just look at data to make decisions- but we bring our whole wisdom and knowledge and point of view to it .. http://www.bethkanter.org/curiosity-driven/
Robin Good's comment, November 6, 2011 11:44 AM
Exactly Beth!

I couldn't have said better. Thanks for clarifying this further.
Duncan Cole's curator insight, March 11, 2:59 PM
If you are looking for some good advice and insight into how to develop into a great content curator, this is a great article from a few years ago from Robin Good. The additional insight from other curators adds another dimension, and I would suggest looking at this in some detail. It is clearly more effort to curate well, but then high quality work usually does.
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For Students 2016

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Good news!  ISTE has included curating in their new standards! After 4 years of researching (curating!) this topic, I have a real appreciation for the importance of this skill and the depth of learning and connections that can be made through curating.  Additionally, multiple other skills are practiced in the process of curating. 

Curating is mentioned specifically in "Knowledge Constructor" Indicator 3c: "Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions."

Check out my wiki on this topic:


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What is content curation? Why does it matter to teachers? | John Spencer

What is content curation? Why does it matter to teachers? | John Spencer | Curating Learning Resources | Scoop.it
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The new idea that I am mulling over from this blog post is that of "Blended Literacy."  I look forward to reviewing other articles with this tag to see if I can further refine my thinking on content curation.
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Curation as Portfolio Activity | The Principal of Change

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I like the idea of curating through a digital portfolio! And the way this supports not only Common Core and 21st century skills, but also NCTE standards as well. Curating is such an important skill for students!

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What’s the point of education if Google can tell us anything?

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The way schools and universities teach and test has to keep up with the way young people are processing information.
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Great post and much to think about here. I really like this new idea of thinking about curation as " a kind of stewardship of other people’s writing and requires entering into a conversation with the writers of those texts."

 

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Content Curation Lands on Google+: Introducing Collections

Content Curation Lands on Google+: Introducing Collections | Curating Learning Resources | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good, theo kuechel
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Excited to see how we might be able to set this up in our GAFE space - students already have accounts, so this is a natural fit to facilitate student curation!

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Nurita Sánchez's curator insight, January 29, 2016 3:13 PM

Cómo usar las colecciones:

http://www.ilusual.com/como-usar-las-colecciones-de-google-plus-guia

wanderingsalsero's curator insight, November 2, 2016 4:57 AM
This is interesting because it shows how far the concept of 'Curation' has come in the last 10 years. I don't remember much about it but I remember that in the early days of Blogger, perhaps even before Google bought it, they had a tool or bookmarklet or some little button that had certain curation abilities. My first blog was on Blogger and I remember using that tool.

Later, I maintained a Posterous blog for a couple of years...maybe more. I liked Posterous a lot and was very sad when they sold it (Posterous) to Yahoo and then about a year later those jerks at Yahoo closed it down. I thought Posterous was a very nice blog with just the right amount of features to get the job done without getting too technical.


 
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5 core functions of the post-LMS era - eCampus News

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New EDUCAUSE report explored the gaps between current LMS functionality and what’s needed for the next-gen digital learning environment.

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I continue to wonder about the value of a system that is designed to "deliver" instruction.  (current LMSs)  I would love to see a next generation learning platform that allows for students to curate and contribute to the body of learning. 

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Need To Explain To Others What Content Curation Is? Use This Visual Collection

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“ What is content curation about? Diagram, charts and infographics to make sense of the curation conundrum”


Via Robin Good, Kim Flintoff, catspyjamasnz, Paula Silva, Zhang Meilan
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Love seeing all of the different visual representations and explanations of curating!

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Zhang Meilan's curator insight, June 30, 2014 5:05 AM
这是robin good的Pinterest的页面,记录了robin的content curation的收藏。
Duncan Cole's curator insight, November 3, 2016 6:14 PM

Love seeing all of the different visual representations and explanations of curating!

Duncan Cole's curator insight, March 11, 5:56 PM
Some really nice infographics here
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Innovations in Education - Students as “Information Flaneurs”

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I had to go back and find this post I wrote 3 years ago  learners pursuing understanding through independent inquiry -they are sensemakers.  If/when they organize and share that information, they become storytellers and curators. 

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Marian Dörk – Information Flaneur

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I am not sure how I missed this several years ago when I bumped into the term information flaneur - this is a very clear explanation in just a few slides.  My sense is there is an important connection to curating information.

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Informal and Social Learning Through Curation - hr bartender

Informal and Social Learning Through Curation - hr bartender | Curating Learning Resources | Scoop.it
But there are times when aggregation is nothing more than noise. This is why we need to understand curation. Otherwise, we won’t be able to realize the benefit.
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A simple 3 step approach to curating: Search - Synthesize - Share. I like the reference to storytelling as well.  No matter what the need or profession, curating (rather than aggregation)  will help grow your knowledge and understanding.

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