Content hackathons are a way to bring educators and subject-matter experts together to curate and organize the content into a structure that helps students learn as effectively as possible, said Boundless co-founder and CEO ...
“Learnist is a great tool for my classroom because it lets me create material aligned to the Common Cores, but there is so much there already that I won’t have to recreate the wheel. I’m teaching Civics, and the minute-by-minute political commentary and political learnboards are making the election exciting. The experts on the boards make the students feel that they are one step away from great people–it makes them feel important. A textbook can’t do that. ”
Excellent article and vision of a possible direction for personalized learning. This intersects nicely with the topic of curation. With the simple act of questioning, and taking the time for reflection and seeking answers to the questions, powerful and personalized learning can be the end result.
Learn This! SOCRAIT Questions for “The World Is My School”
Author Maria H. Andersen offers the following questions as sample Socratic-learning prompts for readers of this article:
• What technologies are we likely to see in personalized learning systems on the 20–50 year horizon?
• What arguments are made for the likelihood that we can “find” the free time to engage in a personal learning system?
• Why are Socratic questions and spaced repetition algorithms (SRA) an elegant solution to the personalized learning problem?
• How are responses evaluated in the proposed SOCRAIT system?
• What evidence do we have that people will be willing to put in the cognitive energy to create a learning layer on the Web?
"Curation is also collecting but it is much more personalized, becoming a process of discovery of sources and presenting them to a wider audience." -Excellent post that further describes the benefits of curating for students.
"Thoughtful, honest, and caring curation isn’t entirely different than creation. After all, the topics you choose to research, to blog about, and to discuss with friends all begin with the process of sifting through the media abyss yourself and singling out worthwhile information."
Nice reflection on curation, creation, and consumption.
"Curation is a fine teacher. Everyone should learn to curate and share their interpretation of the world. We're all in this together. I've been ruminating about what people really need in their learning toolkit to be self-sufficient, ..."
Bo Adams writes, "More self-curated learning for students: I think the lectures and videos assigned to students to watch at home are examples of “curated learning.” School people paying attention to the transitions in education understand that school used to be the fundamental repository of knowledge and information for young people. School, in the physical sense, is no longer such a monopoly holder. People have far greater access to information, now, so we are moving our curated learning from the classrooms into greater alignment with other means with which people obtain their self-curated information. This seems a logical step. I think Khan is such curation. I think TED is such curation. I think Chicago Ideas Week videos and the Do Lectures videos are such curation. Podcasts and iTunes U are such curation. But when are we going to trust young learners to curate their own instruction and learning, based on their passions, project-pursuits, and personal interests?"
I love the description of the 5 year old boy who is exploring a creek, and then brings back some treasures to share with his parents. This is the joy of curating - given the freedom to explore, students will sift through what is available to find the treasures that are meaningful to them - that help them make connections.
This post by Terry Heick also offers descriptions and short videos of some curation tools for students. I am particularly intrested in finding safe curation sites for students to use. The one that caught my attention here is Learnist. Learnist is a highly-focused method of curating content. Instead of curating-in-bulk, Learnist users create a learning board around a topic. The goal is for students to then teach others about their curated topic.
Robin Good: School librarians may be one of the new change-making roles in the educational revolution silently taking place. Their role as organizers, collectors and guides to relevant information is a skillset that is not only in growing demand by the marketplace, but which perfectly fits the learning needs of today students / tomorrow information workers.
Joyce Valenza and Shannon Miller, who recently presented at the Building Learning Communities conference, think that we are about to witness a "golden age" of librarianship and that there are five skills that information / school librarians need to cultivate.
The first of these is curation.
"Given the unprecedented quantity of information learners are exposed to, the librarian’s role is more important than ever.
Librarians help all students gain access to, evaluate, ethically use, create, share, and synthesize information.
Students have long documented their research in notebooks, bibliographies, and research papers, but the presenters described these containers as inadequate for the digital landscape.
In the 20th century, content was king, but in this millennium, curation has emerged as the new monarch.
Valenza and Miller highlighted emerging technologies that help students showcase their progress as they acquire, organize, contextualize, and archive both existing content and new learning.
...The presenters stressed the value of teaching learners to purposefully contribute to society’s collective intelligence.
School librarians, with their specialized training and background in collecting, organizing, preserving, and disseminating information, must now teach their patrons—students and educators alike—to perform these tasks."
" What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?" - Indeed! Curating content is a pathway to cultivating these skills --and transferring ownership of learning to the student. Excellent post by Leslie Madsen-Brooks.
instaGrok allows students to keep a journal of their work . The journal is automatically populated with the websites a student visits, allowing them to keep an evolving annotated portfolio of their work. A teacher can see and comment on their students’ journals, or they can be shared with classmates so they can learn from one another! Here you can find age-appropriate educational content on any topic presented with interactive multimedia interfaces generates quiz questions based on student's research activity and skill level supports creation of research journals and concept maps for learning assessment .
RedOrbitOnline Creativity Seen In Nearly Half Of All Internet UsersRedOrbitOverall, Pew said it found that 56 percent of Internet users are at least a creator or a curator of content, and 32 percent of Internet users do both activities.
You need curation. Web curators aren't writers, because they are more concerned with locating, selecting, and presenting information than writing original works. Curators do, however, write text that frames, explains, contrasts ...
One of the important elements of the tripartite model of content curation is sharing. It assumes the value which is determined by the purpose and the objectives set by the topic curator(s). Sharing may, for example, follow a marketing strategy or may be moved by the spontaneity of the curator (or the user/follower). With regard to Personal Knowledge Management (PKM), Harold Jarche highlights a significant aspect to guide sharing: discernment, i.e., when sharing you must be aware of the following aspects: when, with whom and how. Sharing can be done openly, through a blog, or it can be targeted to a particular community or network. Like PKM, when you are curating, a discerning sharing also contributes to build trust. If a curator sets himself as a reliable node for a community or network, his intervention will have a greater value and impact.
See on Scoop.it – Content Curation World Robin Good: What is it more important? To refine a science of how to transmit, explain and illustrate what “needs to be known” or that we empower learners to create their own ...
Content curation will play a major role both in the way we teach and in the way we educate ourselves on any topic. When and where it will be adopted, it will deeply affect many key aspects of the educational ecosystem.
In this article, Robin Good idenfies and describes 10 key factors that are coming together at this point in time that may dramatically change the education landscape:
1. An Overwhelming Abundance of Information Which Begs To Be Organized
2. A Growing Number of "Open" Teaching / Learning Content Hubs
3. Constantly Changing Information
4. Real-World Info Is Not Held Inside Silos
5. Fast-Food Info Consumption in Decline
6. Job Market Changing - New Skills Needed
7. Alternative Certification Systems Emerging
8. Teachers Can Curate Their Textbooks
9. Educational Marketplace Open to Thousands of Competitors
10. Demand for Trusted Guidance
Robin explains, "Curation fits in as a more appropriate approach to learning and to prepare for real-world work challenges, by allowing learners to construct meaning by having to research and to understand and to create new relationships between different information-elements."
Robin further explores the impact on higher education, and the possibility that we are experiencing a "higher education bubble." Very interersting thought. To ride out this storm Robin suggests institutions "rapidly upgrade their role and function to where they can still provide a valuable and in-demand service to both society and individuals. One of these he suggests is to become...
"curating human guides, training future curators - by cultivating and supporting the development of skilled information-guides and coaches that possess the skills of a curator and those of a great story-teller."
Immediately I thought...this is what librarians do!
Robin Good: I think Sam Gliksman has a vital point here.
The point is this: there is no better way to learn something than to research, organize and build a personal framework of information, facts, resources, tools and stories around it.
And yes, if I do think about it, I can only confirm that my in my experience this has certainly been the case.
Rather than learn by memorizing and going through a predetermined path that someone else has arbitrarily set for me (and thousands of others), by curating my own learning path and curriculum, I am forced to dive into discovery and sense-making for the very start, two essential ingredients for effective learning.
The change is evident: from passive memorization of predetermined info, to personal exploration, discovery and sense-making of what I am interested in pursuing.
With such an approach, the replacement of classic teachers with curators who can act as guides, coaches and wise advisors to my exploratory wanderings may be vital to the success of many learners.
Curation can therefore be a revolutionary concept applicable both to learners and their approach as well as to the new "teachers" who need to become trusted guides in specific areas of interest.
Here's the text excerpt from this article, that sparked in me these ideas:
"Reliance on any type of course textbook – digital, multimedia, interactive or otherwise – only fits as a more marginal element in student-centered learning models.
It’s not the nature of the textbook as much as its reverence in the classroom as “the” singular authority for learning.
Lifelong learners need to be skilled in finding, filtering, collating, evaluating, collaborating, editing, analyzing and utilizing information from a multitude of sources.
Instead we could prioritize “content construction”. Textbooks are an important gateway - a starting point from which students can learn and then begin their exploration of information on any topic (although even on that point I feel we should encourage the “critical reading” of textbooks).
However the days when students could responsibly rely on any textbook as a singular information source are gone.
Also, the process of accessing, synthesizing and utilizing information is often as important as the product.
The skills developed are an essential component of education and life today.
We have access to an exponentially growing amount of information to process and apply [and] there are many excellent tools we can all use to help in constructing and organizing that content."