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Stephanie A. Jones Georgia Southern University
• As school librarians we can think of digital
collection curation as 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 and context for the
targeted audience (Valenza, 2012).
• Curation provides a very selective collection,
designed and arranged to meet the needs of a
particular audience (Kimmel, 2013).
Students as Curators
…a learner that pulls in information from many
different sources and media at once, reflects on
the information, and then creates new content
based on that information that is then shared
with other learners in an interactive way that
often allows those learners to also learn and
create. This is the way that true multitasking in
learning works. It means using everything at
your disposal to create something new in the
discipline (Eyre, 2011).
Curation in Education
• Book Report: Collect online content related to the book with the purpose of “selling” it to you audience.
• Glossary: Define terms for the current unit study using a variety of media.
• Current Events: Students create a collection to reflect the 5 most important events of the week.
• Introduce a New Topic: A collection to introduce a new topic of study and peak [sic] the student’s interest.
• Identify Trends: Select a trend in fashion, entertainment, politics, business, etc, to explain with a
• Puzzle: Which of the things doesn’t belong here? How are all these items related? What historical
character is represented here?
• Historical Event: Create an exhibit of a historical event with a variety of media including primary
• Expert Tips: Students create a guide filled with expert tips on a topic related to the current unit.
• How-to: A collection that demonstrates how to do something such as help endangered species.
• Character Analysis: Choose character of literature, history, or current events to create a collection around.
What would be in Alice’s collection?
• Statistics, Data, Graphs: A collection of data on a specific topic.
• Research: As a part of a larger project, students collect their research in a as Scoop.it topic for easy
reference and documentation of sources.
• About Me: As a team builder, have students create collections that reflect themselves.
Garton, J. (2011). Content curation: Classroom applications. http://fusionfinds.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/content-curation-classroom-applications/
A digital curation should also be carefully
arranged. In a digital curation, the platform
determines the way the content will be
displayed and the kinds of relationships the
• Build scoops around specific topics
• Semi-automated curation tool, but you can add any link
• Add content via keyword search from a number of sources
(such as Google Blog Search, YouTube and more), as well as any RSS feed.
• Integration with social media channels (Twitter , Facebook, blogs, etc.)
• Allows extended descriptions for the content
• Organize into an attractive magazine format
• App available for iPad
Scoop.it in Education
Storify Tutorial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luZcU2E5cgI
Welcome to Storify-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR305mwfreY
• Drag and drop content
• Search social media, images, web
• Integrate a variety of content
• Add narrative to connect the content to tell a
• Share the content
Storify in Education
• Digital Collection Curation [LibGuide] http://palibraries.libguides.com/curation
• #EdTechChat: Student and Teacher Curation
• Educause Learning Initiative. (2012, Oct. 8). 7 things you should know about
…social content curation. http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/7-things-
• Kanter, B. (2011, Oct. 4). Content curation primer.
• Teacher Training Videos
• Eyre, Jane. 2011. Curating a new learning experience. A Wandering Eyre (September 1).
http://wanderingeyre.com/2011/09/01/curating-the-a-new-learningexperience (accessed Oct. 9, 2013).
• Ferriter, N. (2012, Dec. 14). Teaching kids to curate content collections [ACTIVITY][Web log message].
Retrieved from http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/the_tempered_radical/2012/12/curating-a-content-
• Kimmel, S.C. (2013). Taking a page from the art museum: Curation as mediation. Library Media
• Lim, S. (2013, Aug. 29). Digital content curation: Redefining the role of a reference librarian [PowerPoint
• Valenza, J. K. Curation. School Library Monthly 29.1 (2012).
• Valenza, Joyce (with STHS student choir). Curation Song Parody. https://vimeo.com/30204985.
• Weisgerber, (2011). Building Thought Leadership through Content Curation [PowerPoint slides].
Presentation given at WebCom Montreal, November 16, 2011.
• White, N. (2012, July 07). Understanding content curation [Web log message]. Retrieved from