Digital curators are no longer merely downloading or taking information from the internet, they are contributing to it; creating its content. Even the dynamics of the classroom learning has changed dramatically, it’s no longer just text book learning. Digital technologies have played a significant part in this and with the evolution of digital curation tools, it’s allowed anyone to become a creator and curator.
Digital Curators can now create various digital content of videos made from still images. Curators can also embed narration or soundtracks on video. They can also create moving objects via robotics, as well as create clay animation movies. Curators can create and maintain a blog, perhaps to chart a project or to communicate with others on a topic. (Teaching with ICT, 2012, p 136)
Curators add a level of quality control around a topic. They can filter a lot of the less important content and allow quality material to surface to the top. Digital curation sits very firmly in the context of “participatory culture” (Jenkins el al, 2009) where average users are enabled by technology, to have the capability to archive, annotate, appropriate and recirculate media content in powerful new ways.
As educators it is important to note that overly teacher-led or highly scaffold learning does NOT allow for innovation, freedom to try does. So the point for teachers here is to allow students the freedom to try.
Educators can connect with their students by harnessing the power of digital curation tools. These include;
Digital curators often use Twitter, Facebook and news aggregators such as Feedly, Flipboard and Stumble Upon to discover newly published content. Twitter, Facebook Google+ and Linkedin can be used to publicise and share one’s curation efforts. Others use curation plug-ins or widgets to directly publish curated content onto a blog such as WordPress or Tumblr.
Common attributes of good curation tools are those that allow curators to gather web pages specific to their topic. They also allow the curator to select the best material for their site. Curators are able to publish their own collection with ease, sharing and distributing to their audience with ease. Good curation tools also enable the curator to edit and add comments. It’s important to also look for a tracking facility, to view the usage of the site and to also back up the curated work.
Using a curation tool like Scoop-It, students can identify and self critique sites that relate to their chosen topic. Students can also improve their own critical appraisal. An advantage to scoop.it, a student can build a resource that can be used beyond their studies. Students can also collaborate and share these resources with their peers.
As educators it’s important to teach students the importance of selecting information of a creditable nature, sites that are secured eg: edu and gov or unsecured eg: org.
Please Click on the two below links for further information.
Teaching with ICT. (2012). Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration and Creativity, J Howell