The assignment this week for my Ed Tech 501 course was to research various tools used for content curation; then create my own. Being a newbie to content curation, it took me a while to grasp what exactly I was suppose to do. However, first I needed to figure out what exactly content curation meant.
Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. The work involves sifting, sorting, arranging, and publishing information. (http://www.bethkanter.org/content-curation-101/)
Pinterest was the only type of curation tool I was familiar with and knew how to use. However, I had never thought of it for professional purposes, only personal. During my research I wanted to gravitate back to it. But, I forced myself to try and learn something new….which is the whole point of taking this course, right?
I checked out more than three curation tools. Andfinally chose to set up accounts with Juxtapost, List.ly, Flipboard (already had an account but never used).
Juxtapost is similar to Pinterest and I really wanted to use it for my project. But I could only post pictures and not articles. Flipboard confused me. I am not sure if my search was too broad or if I didn’t spend enough time on it. I would type in topics and nothing would be found that lined up with what I was wanting to curate. I finally settled on List.ly. Here is a link to my list. I wanted to create something that many teachers could look at and see what is being said about the use of cellphones in the classroom. But I mainly wanted a list of WAYS of how to incorporate cell phones. I thought this would be helpful because many, like me, came into teaching before technology was fully “incorporated” into the teaching curriculum. So, some of us are use to doing it “old school” by using videos, worksheets, etc.,to get away from textbook teaching.
List.ly allows me to create a list of articles that I have found to be helpful to many teachers/educators. They give several suggestions on how to make a student’s cell phone educational. Let’s face it, there is no point in trying to fight cell phones anymore. So as educators let embrace them and include them into our curriculum. Therefore, we can know why the students would be on them while in class.
The school I am currently working in has a huge reading initiative going on. And one of the on going questions the students is having is “what books can I read that are interesting?” I would like to create something for the students to be able to use and reference back on. I would probably use Pinerest for this idea. Because then many of the teachers could access it and add to as well. But I am open to suggestions!