Curating Information

Tweet Deck is a way to organize social media.

We need to find a way to filter information in order to not get overwhelmed and organize information.  We need to be specific in the way we need to do this for our students.

Fluency is….. beyond understanding vocabulary or reading or grammar.

Technology Fluency – Knowing what tool to use (vocabulary) in what situation and in what form (grammar) and to be able to tweak according to unexpected situations.

Fluency will work hand in hand with our methods of curation.

When we were children, where did we get our information?  library, teacher, parents
Now students get info from youtube, facebook, twitter, pinterest, blogs, wikis etc.  Now it’s about finding information, evaluating, analyzing, remixing it, creating new information and disseminating it.


CIPA guidelines say that you have the power to unblock websites.  Each teacher should be responsible for filtering their internet content.  There shouldn’t be one person who who controls who blocks the content.

Curation (selective collection) v. Aggregation (mass collector)

Possibly create a diigo account for the class where each student needs to collect quality resources.  It is the curating that differentiates between quantity and quality.

The new curation tools present and exciting new genre of search tool, a tool for scanning the realtime environment, as well as  opportunities for evaluating quality and relevance in emerging technologies.

Students need to Create, Collaborate, Informate, and Amplify.

Check out Silvia Tolisano’s Blog post on digital curation.

It is not information overload it’s FILTER FAILURE!!!!  I totally agree.

Tools, Interactive, sharing, collaboration, filter, information

STOP Googling and start leveraging your network of curation tools can save time.  Use these resources instead!

Livebinders is another way to find resources for teachers and students.  It is also a great website for organize resources – websites, blogs, docs etc.  A great project for students to investigate resources and together made decisions on which were the most relevant, accurate and useful sites.  Then the students were required to report why it was a great resource.  Example Social Justice Live!  Teachers are not supposed to be the filters for the students.  We need to give students choices and practice narrowing down their sources which will prepare them for the future.




What connections can you make between curation and your professional practice?
Upgrade the infrastructure of your school in order for all platforms (curation,global,blogging,youTube,Twitter etc.) to work.
Students need to know how to handle situations not to just have teachers make the situation go away.

Top 2 Favorite Curation Tools

Silvia – Twitter and Reflection (can mirror your ipad or iphone onto your mac)
Flipbook (customizable RSS feeds and turns into a custom digital magazine)
Check out Meg Wilson.
MikeLiveBinders (he did virtual math centers with a math teacher, students visit the livebinder and know if they are working on)  Pinterest

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