With the fast internet growth these days it’s nearly impossible to keep up with the amount of overwhelming information which is constantly being changed, being put up on the internet everyday (Flintoff, K., Mellow, P. & Clark, K. P. (2014). Therefore this topic focuses on us as educators to become equipped digital curators in order to get the best most filtered information for ourselves and for our students when we teach. “Curation is an act of creating new meaning by combining existing content with new perspective” (Minocha and Petre, 2012). As excellent curators we will be able to deliver the finest information ahead to our students. As educators our students rely heavily on the information we provide them with, and ninety percent of the time students will believe everything you tell them (academically). Therefore it’s a huge responsibility for us to make sure the information we deliver to them is a hundred percent accurate and up to date, and if it’s not in some cases, make sure you explain that too. For eg. if a website isn’t very reliable, but can be used as a source of broad information about a topic, such as (Wikipedia).
You’re going to find a variety of information on the internet as it’s becoming extremely sophisticated. Therefore wading through information to select what we need and that it’s credible and ignoring the irrelevant information is a skill itself (Flintoff, K., Mellow, P. & Clark, K. P. (2014). The need for digital curation tools is essential as they accommodate the teaching and learning goals, some of the main uses of digital curation tools include are, gathering web pages specific to the topic, filtering content to select the best material, publishing and sharing your collection with ease, allows you to edit and add comments as well as providing a comment stream for the audience to nurture discussion around the article and much more (De Rossi & Good, 2010). Website like Scoop it and Pintrest are highly used examples for curating specific information. These tools are a valuable usage inside the classroom as they encourage critical thinking and analysis skills, engaging more broadly across a topic.
It’s essential for students to be able to know how to curate effectively, as it saves there time and they have the satisfaction of knowing they have the best most filtered information. Curation is a skill that should be acquired in order to become digitally literate. Therefore as an educator, it’s important to teach my students how to creatively filter content by providing alternative curation methods and seep understanding of why curation is needed.
Here’s a video explaining how to curate effectively,