There are a great many demands on an educators time. Teachers know there there are hundreds of thousands of valuable educational resources available on the Internet. Many may subscribe to the concept of “information overload’ and ad-hoc searches and visiting lists of web links are unlikely to prove to be an effective use of time. In recent years social bookmarking and networking tools such as Delicious and Twitter have made it easier for teachers to find and share resources with other teachers. Good resources and practice have often been amplified by sharing at ground-up events such as TeachMeets encouraging teachers to share knowledge and practice at a face to face level, often amplified by social networks.

YouTube playlist of historic footage

Online collaborative curation tools such as Scoop.it Pinterest can take this further. They empower teachers, to find, share and add extra value to web resources for themselves, their colleagues and most importantly of all; their students, (who indeed can and should also be curators), in opening up innovative ways of sharing, collaborating and publishing digital content.

Curation and open content activity
You may have some rare documents, maps, photographs or artworks in you school why not:
  • Photograph, film or scan the artefacts
then do one or more of the following
  • Upload the digitised images to Flickr using a CC licence
  • Share on one of the curation web platforms listed above
  • Create a page and share them here, on the OpenContent toolkit - invite others to engage and comment

Learning Outcomes and activities
  • Problem solving
  • Stewardship
  • Analysis
  • Interpreting media
  • Writing/publishing for an audience
  • Tagging and Metadata skills
  • create an ebook from wikipedia
  • curate and share resources using one or more of the curation tools below

Curation Tools please add to the list
YouTube Playlists
Pinboard a delicious clone you pay for.

Useful Links
Digital Curation and Education
Content Curation World
Why Curation will Transform Education and Learning
please add more - and any notes you think might be useful for others - link to any curation sites

See also Timelines

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