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.
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:
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
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."
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.
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!
The way schools and universities teach and test has to keep up with the way young people are processing information.
Nancy White's insight:
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nancy White's insight:
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.
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."
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.
Nancy White's insight:
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!
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...
Nancy White's insight:
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.
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 ...
Nancy White's insight:
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!
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.
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...
Nancy White's insight:
>>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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