Background: Why I become interested in curating What grades do you teach? What types of curating do you engage in now? What are you hoping to get from this workshop? In what ways do you want to use curating?
The act of curating information uses all of these skills. This workshop will focus on using digital curation tools to help teachers create a personal learning network (PLN) and how these same tools can be used to teach students critical thinking skills. We will explore a variety of web based programs such as Scoop.it, Livebinders, Pinterest, Zite, Instagrok, and many others. We do not get out for outside workshops as often, Districts are not paying for consultants to come in like they used to. We are required to teach ourselves, turnkey information, learn independently.
Curation is a problem solving skill.: When we curate we are trying to organize information into a format that is meaningful for you and when you take it to the next level you are trying to find ways to share this information in a coherent and clear manner with other. Curation requires that you analyze and evaluate resources, create organizational models, reflect on the value of the information and work collaboratively with others. What gets in our way? Lack of Time/ unable to verify resources/ Difficulty locating quality content/ Grabbed lots of info but it’s all over the place in notes, in files, stored in favorites on different computers Information Overload Stored it but I can’t remember why I thought tit would be useful? The problem actaully isn’t information overload it is the idea of being mindful when we serach for infomration. We need to avoid filtr failures.
Curation is a problem solving skill.: When we curate we are trying to organize information into a format that is meaningful for you and when you take it to the next level you are trying to find ways to share this information in a coherent and clear manner with other. Curation requires that you analyze and evaluate resources, create organizational models, reflect on the value of the information and work collaboratively with others. Clay Shirkey talks about the idea that we are not suffering from information overload we ara suffering from Filter Failure. We have learned how to be mindful of the content that we are bombarded with each day. I heard it liked to trying to take a sip from an open fire hydrant. On the other hand we need to be mindful how technology attempts to filter information for us. See Eli Parisi’s video
Inspiration: Done by others outside of a formal environment Examples: Pinterest. TweetDeck, Workshops that post blogs or webpages with links for easy access, back channelling at conferences. Aggregation is done by others but in a formal environment Wikipedia Livebinders We use these when we view other previously created curation tools Integration is the personal curation process where you blend new learning. The trick is to not get carried away . We need to learn how to filter information and be mindful of the vast amount of knowledge that we could bookmark each day. Application: How we actually manage our accumulated knowledge from day to day as part of our continuous learning. Doesn’t do us any good to bookmark it for later if we never get around to using it.
Symbaloo: very simply this tool put’s your favorites in one easy to use dashboard. Later we’ll look at how you can use this to create boards for your students to use. Only2clicks: One of my favorites I like that it shows a snapshot of the opening page. Create your own categories.So it jogs my memory. It also allows you to write a short note. Nothing overwhelming or intimidating. Easy to add tabs and easy to share information with others. Delicious and Diigo: Similar to only2clicks but you don’t get snapshot. It looks more like a Google search result. You can share with others, you can add notes. You can tag entries with multiple tabs ( compare that to only2clicks) Diigo will send you notices about content that matches your tags. Pinterest: Be sure to mention how to send to others, create a group board and share pins. Again tags are important to organizing information. Difference between pinning for yourself and pinning for others. Be sure information is linked to original source. Be sure to add your own comments. Livebinders: Great Resource for collecting everything you need for a unit of study. Can upload documents, create links, insert video puts everything in one place. Create them for your use, Share with others, later we’ll look at how to create one for your students’ use. Why reinvent the wheel browse through their archive to see if there is something already exists that you can use. You Tube create your own subscription list or view others. Slideshare: Upload your powerpoints so that they are located in one place. You can also view other. Tweet Deck allows you to follow multiple conversations at once also Recipe alloss you to archive Tweets to an Eevernote file. LibGuides: a Paid subscription but it is free to view their archived guides for your own use.
Wikis: If you work on a grade level or content area team this is a great way to pool resources. Again there are many existing ones to view, but this is a great collaborative tool. Pinterest: Sharing , sending and group boards Diigo: Share your Diigo, Delicious and Only2Clicks boards with others. Livebinders : another great collaborative board. Pearltrees: This is for the more visual learner. ( reminds me of Prezi) I find the format difficult to navigate I love the end result , but I have trouble figuring out how to upload and create my own content. Scoopit: Create your own magazine. This is really good for graduate classes, and professional development. Free version only allows you to create two topics. But it will troll through the internet and locate articles, websites, and content for you so you don’t have to go looking yourself. Zite is the Ipad version Storify: You create your own story which you can then share with others. Paper.li: a business version of storify
Students are often overconfident in the online abilities. We need to teach them to be savvy consumers of media and how to use critical evaluation and analysis of the content the access. In the past we created webquests or pathfinders to limit the students ability to get Lost on the internet and to lower their fustration level in trying to find relevant and reliable sources. In the flipped classroom model curating sites helps to actually create the curriculum. In esssence youcan gather your own uniquely designed course materials to create on online text book.
Curating develops critical thinking skills. It helps to meet Common Core Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.6 With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.9 Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic Joyce Valenza has stated that , “Curators make sense of the vast amount of content that we are continually produced. They are talented at scouting, identifying relevance, evaluating, classifying, organizing and presenting aggregated content for a targeted audience. The skills a student employs to successfully curate information include curiosity, media literacy, ability to make connections across disciplines, information literacy, the ability to evaluate and understand perspective, synthesize and evaluate information, and a good dose of self-direction. Here is how they line up with the 10 skills identified in this study ( Nancy White)
Sensemaking:“ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed” Computational Thinking “ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning” New media literacy “ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication” Transdisciplinarity “literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines” Cognitive load management “ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques” Social Intelligence “ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions” adaptive thinking “proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based” Design mindset “ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes” Cross cultural competency “ability to operate in different cultural settings” Virtual collaboration:: ability to work productively and demonstrate presences as a member of a virtual team
Can the tool import/export existing collections or streams?Which import/export formats are supported (RSS, XML, CSV, PDF, etc.)How many ways are available to organize your content?Channels? Tags? Folders?How many levels are available?Can you copy/move curated items between collections / streamsCan you duplicate collections to create subsets?Can you create subsets easily?Can you “clip” content from the web easily?Is there a dedicated bookmarklet, browser extension or add-on?Can you clip any specific text, image or video?Can you clip a full web page or a part of it?From which content sources can you clip?
Searching: Other sources like Google, Flkr, Youtube Possible type: text, video, tweets, photos Monitoring: Can you designate what sources to search? Will it suggest content based on your past activity or other networks? Filters: Date, type of content, type of source, popularity?
Display: Can you choose between list/grid/magazine formats Can you personalize your screen? ( Skins, colors, etc…) Can you feature specific items? Navigation: Can you jump around in the collection? How long does it take to locate information? Editing: can you change the original formatting? Can you edit ,correct, or revise and image, content or title?
Collaboration: Can you select who and how collaboration can take place? For instance is it ipen access or are additions moderated? Is there a way to receive suggestions? Is it possible to create passwords to protect some of the content? Citing Sources: Is it easy to trace back to the original content? Memory: Will it tell you if you have already curated that content?
Are there archived copies of original content? Sharing: Can you embed it or post it to others sites like Facebook, twitter, webpage,
The act of curating information uses all of these skills. This workshop will focus on using digital curation tools to help teachers create a personal learning network (PLN) and how these same tools can be used to teach students critical thinking skills. We will explore a variety of web based programs such as Scoop.it, Livebinders, Pinterest, Zite, Instagrok, and many others.
West Long Branch
February 6, 2014
Presented by Angel Somers
Curating Learning Resources
21st Century learning environments
require that both students and teachers
be skilled at:
•and utilizing information from multiple
gerund or present participle: curating
2.select, organize, and look after the items in (a
collection or exhibition).
3."both exhibitions are curated by the
created by Ben Betts from HT2
We can use
curation tools to
skills to our
We will concentrate on 4 ways to use
1.To create a Personal Learning Network ( PLN)
2.To collaborate and share with other professionals
3.To aggregate sources for student use.
4.To create critical thinking lessons for students.
Curating for Personal Inspiration
We engage in this type of curation when
the work is done by others and we access
their collected content without making
new meaning .
Curating for professional
We engage in this type of curating when we create content specifically to
share with others.
4th gr SS Unit
grade literature study
Curating for Student Use
Students as Curators
What do students learn?
In her article, “Developing Future Workskills Through Content Curation”
Nancy White, a learning consultant with Innovations in Education ,
outlines 10 different competencies that can be developed in students
through the use of curation projects:
New media literacy
Cognitive load management
Cross Cultural competency
Presented by Angel Somers
Selecting the Right Tool
1. Import/Export features
2. Organization of content
3. Clipping Content
Can you import from existing
collections or will information
stream to you?
How many ways can you
Can you copy, move, or
Can you clip easily?
Is there a bookmarklet?
What can you clip?
Selecting the Right Tools
4. Searching for content
5. Content monitoring
Can you search within the site?
What other sources can you
search and what kinds of
content can you search?
Can you subscribe to receive
content? Will it suggest
What filters are available?
Selecting the Right Tools
7. Display and arrangement
Can you design your own
Can you rearrange the
Is it easy to navigate particularly
with larger collections?
Can you edit the content
Selecting the Right Tools
10. Collaboration and/or Privacy
Can multiple people add to the
Is it possible to tag some
content as private?
How much does the site
12. Citing Sources
Are the images and
Selecting the Right Tools
How can you be sure that
content will be stored long
Can you publish your curated
Is it a free service?
Can you get it as a free
Is an education version
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