I have a new role!
I am a curator. I have been curating on Pinterest for years and have only just realised there is a title to go with it. Digital curation sounds complex, but the abundance of online curating tools have “allowed anyone to become a curator” (Flintoff, Mellow & Pickett Clarke, 2014). As a curator, I am collecting topic specific material, from a range of online sources and collating it in a fashion that is of interest to myself and others. There is great value for content gathering for educators and students and it is proving a powerful learning tool (Johnson, 2013).
I am surrounded by digital information, so having content to curate is plentiful. The information overload, however, can become consuming. Determining what data is credible is an essential skill of a good curator and must be passed on to students for the benefit of their education and careers (Johnson, 2013).
I was recently introduced to Scoop.it; an online curating tool, which I used to create a teaching resource. Johnson (2013) believes Scoop.it is very effective due to its visual impact, and as I built upon my resource, the visual appeal was instant and almost effortless. It was a rewarding process creating educational content that I am sure will engage my future audience.
The benefits for teachers using curating tools lie in the endless possibilities of creating such resources that are content rich and will support both teaching and learning. Students can participate in this information gathering process by curating content for assignments and participating in collaborative research tasks.
Digital curation encompasses fundamental skills such as; researching, analysing, critical thinking and collaboration (Flintoff, Mellow & Pickett Clarke, 2014), it is only practical that students, as well as teachers, are well rehearsed in digital curation to set them up for the future.
So here’s to the curator in all of us!
A short clip explaining content curation.
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