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10 Tips to Curate Like a Rockstar

Content curation is a great way to shine on the Web. But how do we make this easy and practical? At Scoop.it we're constantly amazed by the great work our awesome curators do with their content. 


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Fast Moving Targets's comment, February 11, 9:10 AM
To be honest, all those people that want to be rock stars. From startups to content curators. Forget it! You're not!
Fast Moving Targets's comment, February 11, 9:10 AM
To be honest, all those people that want to be rock stars. From startups to content curators. Forget it! You're not!
Karen du Toit's curator insight, February 12, 5:15 AM

Great tips!

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7 Online Tools for Creating Charts & Diagrams

7 Online Tools for Creating Charts & Diagrams | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

"Through the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page I recently received a request for some suggested online chart creation tools..."


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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, April 5, 5:46 PM

Cool tools here that business people can take advantage of too. Marty 

Marianne Hart's curator insight, April 6, 6:14 PM

Really like the Lucidchart tool! 

flea palmer's curator insight, April 7, 8:45 AM

These look useful...

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Content Curation Through the SAMR Lens

Content Curation Through the SAMR Lens | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

There are a variety of helpful tools to choose from to make content curation fun and useful. It’s important to choose a tool that will grow with you as you strive to use technology as a tool that helps you "Teach Above the Line" and transform learning.


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The Cyberbullying Issue (And What Teachers Can Do To Help)

The Cyberbullying Issue (And What Teachers Can Do To Help) | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
Cyberbullying poses a problem for students that teachers and parents often can’t help with – because they don’t always know.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 1, 1:27 PM

Infographic provides some statistics about cyberbullying, along with some tips for both parents and educators.

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Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics

Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.

 

"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"

 

"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.


Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."

 

This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.

 

And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "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?"

 

What are these skills, you may ask. Here is a good reference where to look them up: http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/P21_Framework_Definitions.pdf (put together by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills)

 

 

Recommended. Good stuff. 9/10

 

Full article: www.cluttermuseum.com/make-students-curators/

 

(Image credit: Behance.net)

 

 


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Audrey's curator insight, August 13, 2013 2:01 PM

Brilliant.  This is an example of what is known as "flipping" where the student is directed to where information can be found, e.g. Youtube, websites, powerpoint, etc and set critical evaluative questions.

 

Home School Learning is an ideal example of students as curators of their learning. It is essential for children to learn to be in charge of their learning from pre-school in order to develop essential evaluative and critical analytical skills. audrey@homeschoolsource.co.uk.

 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 13, 2013 4:43 PM

I had a similar conversation yesterday and as I prepare my lit review this thinking has emerged. It is less about content and more about skills, attitudes, habits, practices, etc. in learning.

Priscilla Der's curator insight, April 6, 7:12 PM

This article is a reminder that as we are curating content as teachers so are students. Rather then memorizing or reciting textbook facts, students should be able to steer and set their own learning goals (this is where PBL) comes into mind. 

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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

The 2013 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.


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Lourense Das's curator insight, March 26, 8:56 AM

American School Library Association #AASL publishes "best websites for teaching & learning 2013".

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, March 27, 2:58 AM

Useful posting, must check out these sites.

Anita Vance's curator insight, March 27, 8:22 AM

Thank you, Karen Bonanno for sharing this.  The sites are linked to standards for easy transitions to teachable connections.

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Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves

Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

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Audrey's curator insight, March 21, 4:30 PM

Curating is about finding and selecting information in order to learn about a subject. Youngsters can be encouraged to do this  pre-school.  This motivational 21st century skill can be encouraged at home. with educational games toys and and books which stimulates interest.  For example children can learn about  science by interacting with Chemistry Lab; Horrible Science - explosive experiments; Newton's Cradle and Science Museum.  By the time they get to school they are already full of curiosity and ready to increase their knowledge.  Audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 30, 6:27 AM

By Robin Good,

Here's a short first-hand report highlighting how an 8th grade social studies class teacher (Terri Inloes) has fully leveraged the content curation potential to let her students dive, discover and make sense of topics (in this case social reform movements) that they had not studied before. All by themselves.


Here the steps taken to make this happen:


a) By using the Question Formulation Technique, the teacher prepared pairs of photographs representing each of the reform movements, one picture dating back to the late 19th century, and another representing where that social reform movement stands in today’s society. 


b) After checking out all of the photos, students settled on the pair of pictures that most caught their interest.


c) They brainstormed and refined a set of specific questions, and then shared their thinking with the class. 

d) With the feedback received they selected the topic which they would curate. 

e) At this point students planned their research strategies. By using 5 different graphic organizers from the book Q Tasks, by Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwaan, students were allowed to choose the one that they thought would help them the most in planning their keyword search strategies. 


f) Students were assigned WordPress blogs and provided basic instructions on how to use them to 

curate and publish their research work.


g) Discovery and real learning kicked in as students proceeded in collaborative groups to research and document their chosen topic. 


You can see some of the outcomes that this assignment produced right here:


General Conclusions

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/2014/02/24/conclusion-3/


Voting Rights Inequality

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/


Mental Health Treatment
http://tmsorangementalhealthcaretreatments.d20blogs.org/


Prohibition Acts

http://tmsorangeprohibitionacts.d20blogs.org/ 

 



A very inspiring example of content curation can be effectively applied in the classroom with impressive results. 


Highly recommended. 9/10


Thanks to Nancy White of Innovations in Education for participating, writing and reporting about it.

 Thanks to Robin Good for the fine summary in this insight.
The ideas here offer a great classroom challenge to students.{Monica}
Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 11:57 AM

Important 21st century skills

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10 Good iPad Book Creator Apps to Use with Your Students

10 Good iPad Book Creator Apps to Use with Your Students | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

Below is an updated list of some powerful iPad apps for creating books that you can use with your students. I have only selected ten of what I think are the best and ideal apps for using with different age groups from kids up to adults. I invite you to check them out and share with your colleagues.


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Claudia Estrada's curator insight, March 9, 7:52 PM

Not all of those are free but it is useful to have a place to begin.  

Sarah Bylsma's curator insight, March 10, 9:23 PM

Just in time for my summative book assignment. Thanks 

joan gavin's curator insight, March 11, 4:13 AM

Great resource and nice to see different age groups catered for.

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The best free presentation software and other alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint

The best free presentation software and other alternatives to Microsoft PowerPoint | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
Want to make a splash with your presentations, but don’t want to splash out any money on a program? Forget PowerPoint, we’ve got some totally gratis...

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Solange Giardino's curator insight, March 21, 1:54 PM

Ótimas alternativas para variar nas apresentações.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, March 23, 12:22 PM

A new compilation of free software to prepare digital presentations.

Of course... alternatives to Power-point or Keynote.


Have a look, and if you're not into any of them, give them a try!!!

Ingrid B's curator insight, April 2, 5:34 AM

Algunos programas gratuitos para hacer presentaciones, como nuevas y más completas alternativas al ppt.

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30 Education Innovators Worth Following on Twitter

30 Education Innovators Worth Following on Twitter | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

Yesterday, we wrote about the latest Forbes list of ’30 Under 30′ in the education field. You may already follow some of them, or the companies they've founded or work for already. But if you don't here's the chance to beef up your Twitter list with interesting folks.


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5 Ideas To Help You Go from Twitter Lurker to Active User - Edudemic

5 Ideas To Help You Go from Twitter Lurker to Active User - Edudemic | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
You have searched out new people to follow, found some key hashtags and lurked around a chat. Now you are ready to step in.

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5 Web Tools to Add Comments and Questions to Educational Videos

5 Web Tools to Add Comments and Questions to Educational Videos | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

If you are looking for web tools to create video lessons or platforms to help you flip your classroom , the tools below are probably what you need.


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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, February 10, 9:30 AM

I've only used eduCanon, which is a good tool, but I couldn't get the embed code to work in our Sakai LMS. It only requires a paid version to use short answer questions. 

Drora Arussy's curator insight, February 11, 5:22 AM

Imagine the possibilities - I can't wait to start playing! What a great way to reinforce language at home!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 23, 1:36 PM

I've not heard of some of these tools. I'd like to create more videos so I'll have to try these out.

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11 Ways to Make an Inquiry based Classroom

11 Ways to Make an Inquiry based Classroom | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
You became a teacher not to pontificate to trusting minds, but to teach children how to succeed as adults. That idealism infused every class in your credential program and only took a slight bump d...

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How to Embed a Pinterest Board on Any Website

How to Embed a Pinterest Board on Any Website | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

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flea palmer's curator insight, February 10, 3:00 AM

Good to know!

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, February 10, 8:39 PM

Embed your Pinterest Board onto your library website or catalog home screen. It is sure to grab some attention. 

André Manssen's curator insight, April 3, 7:44 AM

Wellicht handig om de Pinterest-pagina van je school/klas te embedden in je klassenblog/schoolwebsite...

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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

In our emerging digital world, a new medium of exchange has developed: online engagement, especially via social media. Effectively engaging online requires a myriad of skills that we strive to foster in school – effective written communication, brevity and civility. These components are often highlighted in Digital Citizenship programs, but in tradition-bound K12 education, we often deride social media as trite or ineffective.


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John McDermott Neill's curator insight, April 3, 9:17 AM

Interesting post with good ideas.

LibrarianLand's curator insight, April 7, 11:53 AM

Many students still do not understand the limitations of finding information on the free web. Google is about the extent of it and if it isn't found in the first few results, it does not exist or is too hard to find (or worse still, what is found must be "it.").

 

From article: "We need to ensure that they know how to evaluate a website, a blog post, a tweet, a Facebook entry. These evaluative skills transfer cross curricularly and prepare students for the broader world of online communication."

 

 

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10 Free Online Educational Game Sites

10 Free Online Educational Game Sites | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
Web-based games can prove to be a treasure trove of learning opportunities, and there are a variety of content-areas, age ranges, and skill levels to choose from. The true pay dirt for browser-based learning games can be found on large online digital game hubs. Here are 10 game hubs players that teachers can use to as one tool in their arsenal.

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Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad

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Get Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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Susan Liner Fisher's curator insight, March 31, 10:39 AM

amen...

Andy Kenworthy's curator insight, March 31, 12:19 PM

Be aware you need to have an Office 365 subscription to edit and create documents and they take up a lot of space on the iPad with each one being over 200MB. 

Rocio Watkins's curator insight, March 31, 11:17 PM

Finally!  Try it!

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10 free tools for creating infographics | Infographic | Creative Bloq

10 free tools for creating infographics | Infographic | Creative Bloq | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
For all the importance we place on text, it's an indisputable fact that images are processed in the brain faster than words. Hence the rise and rise of the infographic which, at its best, transforms complex information into graphics that are both easy to grasp and visually appealing. No wonder magazine readers and web visitors love them.

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5 Terrific Web Tools to Create Academic Digital Portfolios | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Terrific Web Tools to Create Academic Digital Portfolios | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

Digital portfolios are great ways for students to showcase their work and keep track of their learning. There are now a wide variety of web tools that allow users to easily create digital portfolios and share them with others.

 

In a previous post here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning I featured a few of these tools and today I am adding more to this list.

 

Click headline to read more and access hot links to tools--


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40 Interesting Ways to Use QR Codes in the Classroom

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Part of Tom Barrett's "Interesting Ways" series


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Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it
Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life? That's the purpose of visual literacy (VL), to explicitly teach a collection of competencies

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 25, 3:09 AM

What is visual literacy? The Institute of Museum and Library Services defines it as  "Demonstrate the ability to interpret, recognize, appreciate, and understand information presented through visible actions, objects and symbols, natural or man-made"

(http://www.imls.gov/about/21st_century_skills_list.aspx).

This is a 21st century skill and our students need to be visually literate. This post shares:

* Standards that support visual literacy (from Common Core, National Council of Teachers of English Standards and the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning Corporation.

* A lengthy list of the many formats you will find visuals that you can use as teaching tools, such as political cartoons, symbols, dioramas, and advertisements.

* Visual Thinking Routines - each of the routines is described and two have videos that demonstrate them. The ones with videos are Model Think Aloud Strategy, and Introduction to Visual Thinking Strategies that is "a specific approach to whole-class viewing and talking about art that primarily uses [three] questions."

Additional resources include Asking the 4Ws, Five Card Flickr, Image Analysis Worksheets (five different ones), and a lesson: Step-by-Step: Working with Images that Matter. 

We know that many of our students are visual learners and that they need to be able to "read" images. This post provides a wealth of resources that will help make your students adept at this process.

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11 Signs That Technology is an Important Part of Education

11 Signs That Technology is an Important Part of Education | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

So, what do you get when you combine three very cool visuals? Eleven signs that technology is playing an increasingly important role in education—both in and outside of the classroom. From videos to podcasts to mobile devices, learning has definitely gone digital.

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 19, 9:16 PM

Technology has always been important. The difference has been in the tools that were and are used.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, February 20, 2:33 PM

Some fascinating facts and a great visual to accentuate some of the points too!

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10 Useful Web Tools for Creating Online Quizzes and Polls ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Useful Web Tools for Creating Online Quizzes and Polls ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

"Following the visual I posted here a couple of weeks ago featuring the differences between formative and summative assessments, somebody shared with the link to this Listly list that comprises dozens of interesting web tools to create online assessments. I have already reviewed some of the tools mentioned in this list in separate posts here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning but I also found out new tools  I did not know about. I am re-sharing the whole list created below and I invite you to spend some time sifting through its content. Enjoy"


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mrsjgarcia's curator insight, February 15, 10:19 AM

This is a great list, we have used several of these in the past, but Socrative and Google  Forms are our favs. I would like to throw answergarden.ch in here as well,not so mich for quizzes, but more for brainstorming and quick feedback.

Suzy Hirsch's curator insight, February 16, 5:40 AM

Polls are great to see where students are in the learning process!

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Sochi 2014 Games: 6 Winter Olympics-Themed STEM Resources

Sochi 2014 Games: 6 Winter Olympics-Themed STEM Resources | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

"The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games are right around the corner (they start Feb. 7), and students likely are getting excited to watch Team USA compete. Although just about every subject can incorporate the Olympics in some way, this resource roundup focuses primarily on the STEM subjects. Here are some of our favorite STEM resources that incorporate the Winter Olympics."

 


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Tons of Google Forms for Teachers, Administrators and Students

Tons of Google Forms for Teachers, Administrators and Students | Teacher Resources for Our Staff | Scoop.it

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10 Tips to Curate Like a Rockstar

Content curation is a great way to shine on the Web. But how do we make this easy and practical? At Scoop.it we're constantly amazed by the great work our awesome curators do with their content. 


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Fast Moving Targets's comment, February 11, 9:10 AM
To be honest, all those people that want to be rock stars. From startups to content curators. Forget it! You're not!
Fast Moving Targets's comment, February 11, 9:10 AM
To be honest, all those people that want to be rock stars. From startups to content curators. Forget it! You're not!
Karen du Toit's curator insight, February 12, 5:15 AM

Great tips!