Curation and Digital Collection Deveopment

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What is Content Curation?

Curating” is defined in the Merriam Webster Dictionary as: “Select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition).”

Digital Curation is defined in Wikipedia as:

the selection, preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets. Digital curation is generally referred to the process of establishing and developing long term repositories of digital assets for current and future reference by researchers, scientists, historians, and scholars.

As teachers we need to be teaching our students how to curate the web, and create collections of information that are academic, current and authoritative resources.  Encouraging our students to curate requires Bloom’s taxonomy skills.  Here they learn to identify what makes certain resources useful for their own personal learning network.  They become producers of their own information,  and wise disseminators of that information.

Here is a video to explain what curation means.

Teachers need to be sharing with students how to go about curating the web, collecting vital web sources so they can share with their own personal learning network.

There are many exciting options for sharing your curated resources.

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Techie tools to curate!

Scoopit!  We use Scoopit because it is easy to curate 10 free topics, and disseminate  information to blogs or favourite social media outlets.  The tagging system, although not perfect, allows one to archive subject keywords so the topics can be searched at a later stage.  Scoopit is useful for daily research and newspaper columns.

Symbaloo.  Is a free colourful tool easy for younger students to organise their information on their desktop, and find all links on one topic.  Students make tiles to share their links on their desktop and can share their symbaloo’s with other students.

PaperLi.  Create your newspaper. Today. Turn Twitter and Facebook into online newspapers in just a few clicks.Treat your readers to fresh news daily.

Pinterest.  Visual aid to share a collection of visual links, especially recipes or art collections.

Pearltrees.  Pearltrees is the social curation community. It’s the place where you can organize, discover and share the stuff you like on the web.

LiveBinders.  Your 3-ring binder for the Web. Collect your resources. Organize them neatly and easily. Present them.  These are especially useful for sharing portfolios.

Gooru.  Library of free collection of resources which allows you to research and add your own collection.

Social Bookmarking!

Delicious.  Organize your collection of links and share it with like minded people!  Ask for their viewpoints.

Diigo.  Online bookmarking, with highlighting ability to create PLN.


Blogger.  Simple and easy to use blogging tool, especially for beginners.  Lots of plugins but limited template design.

NEW! Kidblog  Kidblog offers a kid-friendly publishing experience suitable for any K-12 student. We help students focus on what’s important by removing distractions so they can focus on writing. Teachers efficiently manage all posts and comments through an easy-to-use dashboard. Kidblog is free for HCOS students–find it in your Encom parent homepage under Curriculum Resources.  Parents can set up their own Kidblog site, or students may sign up under their teacher’s site.

Blogging workshop by Pippa Davies

WordPress.  A little harder to use for beginners, and not as many plugins for widgets, but more like a website. Check out these free tutorials from the WordPress community.

Tumblr.  Good for visual blogs and posts with minimal text. Good for beginners.  Limited design controls for semi-experienced bloggers.  More experienced bloggers will go to WordPress.

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