Digital Curation for Education
Curation itself is not a new concept, museums and libraries have been doing it for centuries. The difference now is that everyone with an internet connection has access to vast amounts of information. For example, one quick search for digital curation in education and I’m hit with about 1,120,000 results (0.40 seconds). How do students know what sources are relevant, reliable, ethical and authentic? How do they navigate this overabundance of information? This is where teachers have to guide and inform their students and digital curation is a way of doing this. Basically, digital curation is the sourcing, collecting and sharing of reliable digital resources and it is a great way to get students thinking critically and reflectively about the information they find online (Flintoff, Mellow & Clark, 2014). Luckily there are many online tools out there that provide platforms to make digital curation accessible to all, Wakelet, Pinterest, Scoop.it, Pearltrees, to name just a few.
Wakelet is an online curation tool that allows users to create, curate, and share web content such as online links, articles, videos, tweets, and more in organised collections (Wakelet, 2018).
Pinterest is a very visual-based online, pin-board like, collaborative tool that allows you to ‘pin’ information that you like to boards split into themes. A great way to brainstorm, organise information and share content (Pinterest, 2018).
Scoop.it uses a visual format to collate online information into a magazine like display. A great way to engage students, collaborate and promote critical thinking (Scoop.it, 2018).
Blogging is a form of digital curation and can be applied as a social constructivist approach to learning with many classroom benefits (Howell, 2012). It is a hands-on way for students to interact with one another, collaborate and share ideas while integrating ICT and literacy skills into an engaging experience. It is a way for teachers to implement a student-centred approach to learning through critical inquiry and reflective challenges while integrating platforms, mediums and messages (Mihailidis & Cohen, 2013). Students will develop an understanding of cybersecurity, digital authenticity and credibility issues, as well as an awareness and respect for diversity and an appreciation for the responsibility that comes with having a voice.
This blog by Kathleen Morris has some great examples of how and why to incorporate blogging into your classroom.
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