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An eclectic mix of articles about our world and the universe we live in, with some political commentary
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Gone Home: A Video Game as a Tool for Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

Gone Home: A Video Game as a Tool for Teaching Critical Thinking Skills | Eclectic Mix |
A video game that is classified as a storytelling experience is taking the place of traditional text in some classrooms to teach students critical thinking skills.
Pamela D Lloyd's insight:

The creative use of a game, as described in this article, can engage students with a story in a nonlinear way that fosters the development of a number of critical thinking skills. I am especially impressed by instructor Paul Darvasi's care in developing his lesson plans around this game to avoid disrupting his students' pleasure in interacting with the game.

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Understanding the Value of Curation for Education: Nancy White

Understanding the Value of Curation for Education: Nancy White | Eclectic Mix |

Robin Good: What does curation mean from an educational viewpoint? And what is the key difference between "collecting" and "curating".

Nancy White (@NancyW), a 21st Century Learning & Innovation Specialist and the author of Innovations in Education blog, has written an excellent article, dissecting the key characterizing traits of curation, as a valuable resource to create and share knowledge. 


She truly distills some key traits of curation in a way that is clear and comprehensible to anyone.


She writes: "The first thing I realized is that in order to have value-added benefits to curating information, the collector needs to move beyond just classifying the objects under a certain theme to deeper thinking through a) synthesis and b) evaluation of the collected items.


How are they connected?"


Excellent definition. 


And then she also frames perfectly the relevance of "context" for any meaningful curation project by writing: "I believe when we curate, organization moves beyond thematic to contextual – as we start to build knowledge and understanding with each new resource that we curate.


Themes have a common unifying element – but don’t necessarily explain the “why.”


Theme supports a central idea – Context allows the learner to determine why that idea (or in this case, resource) is important.


So, as collecting progresses into curating, context becomes essential to determine what to keep, and what to discard."


But there's a lot more insight distilled in this article as Nancy captures with elegance the difference between collecting for a personal interest and curating for a specific audience. 


She finally steals my full endorsement for this article by discretely inquirying how great a value it would be to allow students to "curate" the domains of interest they need to master.


Excellent. Highly recommended. 9/10


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Via Robin Good
Beth Kanter's comment, July 8, 2012 1:22 PM
I especially like how she used the Bloom's Taxonomy and related that to curation.
Stalder Angèle's comment, August 1, 2012 3:56 AM
Thank you for this scoop!
Shaz J's comment, August 5, 2012 10:39 AM
Thanks for this!