This week I learned about content curation and how to be an effective curator. Curation is the process of collecting resources and adding meaning to them, in a place where all interested in the topic can view. Before when I thought of curation, I consider the digital text sets I have created for my students or resources I have shared with my colleagues on different educational topics. But these examples were more “collections” of resources, rather than curated materials. Adding meaning plays a large role in becoming a curator rather than a collector. To assist people in curating material, my PLN members and I created a Curation Criteria Checklist. We collaborated throughout the week using Google Docs and email to complete our checklist. Our ideas blended together well and our final product has given me a great checklist to use when curating materials.
I am excited to use the concept of curation in both my professional growth and in my classroom. Curating materials for professional growth will help me to gain a better understanding of a topic, but putting in a place for for others to view will benefit all in my PLN. I can also see the benefits in my classroom. I would love to have my students grow as “curators” of resources. Many of the resources provided in this module suggested having students curate materials on a topic, rather than have the resources always come from the teacher. I think this is a great way to have students study a topic, gain ownership in their learning, and practice 21st century skills.
This week I will be curating materials related to my content area. I am planning to use Scoopit for this assignment and am looking forward to seeing the benefits of a new digital tool!