As our students grow dependant on Internet being a primary source for their information, it becomes of urgent necessity that we, as teachers and educators, should know how to evaluate web content and decipher credible resources from spam and irrelevant ones.
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."
There are many ways that teachers can reach out and connect with their colleagues and build a more collaborative atmosphere in their schools. We’ve come up with just a few here, but feel free to share your own experiences and ideas that can help other educators to connect and ultimately improve the quality of instruction they can offer students.
- GET ON THE SAME PAGE.
- TEACH AND LEARN FROM EACH OTHER.
- COLLABORATE ON LESSON PLANS.
- SHARE WHAT WORKS.
- START A BLOG.
- BUILD YOUR OWN SOCIAL NETWORK.
- TAKE ON BIG PROJECTS.
- GET FEEDBACK.
- CREATE A PERSONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY.
- SCHEDULE WEEKLY GET-TOGETHERS.
- WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE PROBLEMS.
- BECOME A TEACHER-LEADER.
- KEEP YOUR DOOR OPEN.
- ADOPT A TEAM MENTALITY.
- MAKE TIME FOR CHATTING.
- ASK FOR HELP.
- DON’T SKIP THE CAFETERIA.
- MERGE CLASSROOMS.
- TRY CO-TEACHING.
- TAKE CLASSES TOGETHER.
- FIND A MENTOR.
- PUT THE KIBOSH ON NEGATIVITY.
- DON’T WAIT FOR OTHERS TO MAKE THE FIRST MOVE.
- BE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS.
- REACH OUT TO THE LARGER EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY
Your colleagues can be more than just the teachers at your own school. If you want a wider view, reach out to those at other schools or in administration. It never hurts to know more people and to learn the methods they’re using in their schools.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.