Why teachers should start curating information

In the last school year many of the teachers I worked with did not understand when I talked about curation or the need for them to learn about it. The following infographic offers a nice practical way to introduce the topic and how it might be useful to them. How-Teachers-Can-Start-Curating-Information-Infographic Find more education infographics on e-Learning Infographics

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Talking about content curation

The phrases “content curation” and “digital curation” are some THE keywords in the online world, especially in my library networks. The tools that are spoken about as curation tools are many and varied. I have been trying to  focus my thoughts on what I believe curation means specifically to me. Why is it important to my learning and how do/can I use it with colleagues and also with students and why should I?

I will run a session, or more if needed, for teachers at my school about digital curation tools. The approach I will be taking is explaining why it is a useful thing for teachers to do. When properly used these tools will assist our teachers with their professional learning as well as helping them collaborate with professional colleagues.

The AITSL Professional Standards for Teachers includes a section on Professional Engagement. The first paragraph under this is: Teachers model effective learning. They identify their own learning needs and analyse, evaluate and expand their professional learning, both collegially and individually. One of the ways to demonstrate such learning is through professional reading. It is easy to keeping a record of professional reading and evidence of learning and sharing if you become a good content curator. Content curation also covers the collegial aspect.

Content or Digital Curation is not simply collecting links or a lot of links. Many teacher librarians, myself included, have been collecting links (for example: school topics, research) for years. So:

  1. It not really a creating process as such but rather a process of sorting, arranging and then further publishing about information that already exists in the on-line or digital world.
  2. It is a process of first finding digital content that might be useful then sorting the results for the best/most relevant ones, value adding with annotations and then sharing them in meaningful (organized) ways.

Good curators identify and define their topics or subjects at the outset. They then select what to keep whilst providing some context and annotation. Good curators make sure they correctly credit the sources as they offer their networks appropriate and easy access to their curated sources. Continue reading

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Curation – some words and a video from Joyce Valenza

I have been reading about curation in articles for a while and at a SLAV conference this year Joyce Valenza certainly challenged all of us to get on board. I also follow Joyce on Twitter and as a feed to my google page. So I was not surprised to read that she has created a new video to help explain curation and, as she is want to do, in the form a musical – very humorous. She, in collaboration with her students, has created some great parodies. This one is called Curation the musical!

Curation (song parody) from Joyce Valenza on Vimeo.

If you want to see more about curation she also has a slide presentation here. She makes some great points and explains curation very well in this presentation so it is a great starting point for teacher librarians interested in assisting their students. 

A quote from one of the slides:

Curation comes up when search stops working. But it’s more than a human-powered filter. Curation comes up when people realize that it isn’t just about information seeking, it’s also about synchronizing a community . Part of the reason that human curation is so critical is simply the vast number of people who are now making and sharing media. Everyone is a media outlet. Clay Shirky (NYU Professor, blogger, author)

And some more:

We can no longer be content to train students to understand the difference between peer- reviewed journals and popular magazines, to appreciate the value of books, newspapers and reference sources, and to understand how to evaluate garden variety Web sites. We are on the cusp of profound changes in the scholarly process. The evolving nature of publishing, scholarly conversation and peer review is rich fodder for our students. This makes the work of forward-thinking instruction librarians challenging, but not impossible. These librarians can, among other things: Make students aware of the emergence of social scholarship. Teach students about Authority 3.0 – or whatever you want to call it. Alert them to the expanding world of scholarly communication. In conjunction with this, abandon of the notion that there is a clear distinction between traditional peer-reviewed authority and authority derived from social scholarship.

And a final quote:

So what is curation? The selection and assembly of a focused group of resources into a web-based presentation that meets an identified purpose or need and has meaning for a specific audience. Resources can include traditional library resources, links, instruction, artifacts, widgets, media, ebooks , personal commentary, analysis, more!