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Teaching Kids to Curate Content Collections [ACTIVITY]

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While there are a ton of essential skills that today’s students need in order to succeed in tomorrows world, learning to efficiently manage — and to evaluate the reliability of — the information that they stumble across online HAS to land somewhere near the top of the “Muy Importante” list.

Which is why I had a few of my students experimenting with Scoop.it this week. Specifically, they put together this collection of resources spotlighting the range of perspectives people have on New York City’s decision to ban the sale of sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.

Read more: Teaching Kids to Curate Content Collections [ACTIVITY] – The Tempered Radical.

10 Key Reasons Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning

Content curation will play a major role both in the way we “teach” and in the way we educate ourselves on any topic. When and where it will be adopted, it will deeply affect many key aspects of the educational ecosystem.

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This article, builds up over my recent presentation on Content Curation for Education that I delivered at Emerge2012 virtual conference.

In that presentation I claimed that the adoption of “curation approaches” will directly affect the way competences are taught, how textbooks are put together, how students are going to learn about a subject, and more than anything, the value that can be generated for “others” through a personal learning path.

If we learn not by memorizing facts, but by collaborating with others in the creation of a meaningful collection-explanations of specific topics/issues/events then, for the first time in history, we can enrich planetary knowledge each time we take on a new learning task.

And it’s already happening.

Yes, we are only at the very early stages, but, in my humble opinion, there are enough signs and indications that this is not going to be something marginal.

In this article I outline ten key factors, already at work, which, among others, will very likely pave the way for a much greater and rapid adoption of curation practices in the educational / academic world.

These factors are:

    1. An Overwhelming Abundance of Information Which Begs To Be Organized

 

    1. A Growing Number of “Open” Teaching / Learning Content Hubs

 

    1. Constantly Changing Information

 

    1. Real-World Info Is Not Held Inside Silos

 

    1. Fast-Food Info Consumption in Decline

 

    1. Job Market Changing – New Skills Needed

 

    1. Alternative Certification Systems Emerging

 

    1. Teachers Can Curate Their Textbooks

 

    1. Educational Marketplace Open to Thousands of Competitors

 

  1. Demand for Trusted Guidance

See the article for the full details: Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons.

Understanding Content Curation

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There are many buzzwords and phrases prevalent in education today.  “21st Century Learning”, “Blended Learning”, “Personalized Learning”, “Flipped Classroom” – just to name a few. The one that has recently caught my attention and curiosity is “content curation.”

I manage a grant project in my district designed to assure students acquire “21st century skills” A current strategy for this is using backwards design, formative assessments of 21st century skills, and “blended-learning.” New for next school year: teachers are being asked to “curate resources” to accompany the backwards-planned, inquiry-based units of instruction.  I had my own ideas on what curating meant at the time I was asked to design professional development for teachers in the project – but realized very quickly that this term has taken on a life of its own, in uses by not just educators, but marketers.  A quick Google search on “content curation” turns up 1,240,000 results. Remove terms like “marketing”, “business”, “influence”, “customer”, and “startup” and the results are pared down to about 45,400 hits. Within this subset of information about curating content, definitions of curating seem to have no boundaries – collecting – aggregating – curating –what exactly is the difference?  Or is there a difference?

This curiosity led to further questions:  Why curate?  What is the value of curating for teachers? Really –what is the benefit of curating in terms of the learning goals – enduring understandings and 21st century skills for our students?

Full Text: Innovations in Education – Understanding Content Curation.

Curatr – Social Learning

If you are looking for a way to create really effective E-learning, but you are wary of the cost and time it might take to develop, Curatr could be for you.

We advocate a new approach to E-Learning; a Social Learning approach that focusses on learners actively creating and curating content, not simply clicking the “next” button.

Curatr’s Social Learning platform is a fraction of the cost when compared to developing hours of E-learning Courseware. And it is more effective, enjoyable and engaging to boot!

Watch this video to learn more about the inspiration behind Curatr. When you’re done visit www.curatr.co.uk to play the demo of Curatr and share your favourite place of learning with us!

How Pinterest Is Used In Distance Learning

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Pinterest is a social networking website on which users can pin images as well as links on specific organized categories. One is able to organize information of their interest through Pinterest.

Instructors can use Pinterest to organize subjects they teach. They can upload and showcase past lectures. Since working in educational institutes that provide the option of distance learning can promote their programs, departments and the educational institute itself. The educational institute can pin information that will create interest and attract potential students. Such information could be research grants for discovering grounds on new found ideas.

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