The first article I read was, To Boost Higher Order Thinking, Try Curation, by Jennifer Gonzalez, was very informative. I have heard of curation and have also heard of dumping. This article broke each method down and gave the reader examples of what each was. This article was also driven towards student led curating. Majority of the examples given in the reading were examples of how students could curate in the classroom setting.
The second article I read was, Curation for Digital Learning, while this article was less informative than the first, it did provide a great visual for readers. At the beginning of the article, there is an image that explains what curating is about. I am familiar with curating, so there was no new vocabulary for me. However, for someone who was new to curating, the image would create a lot of new learning.
After reading both articles, I realized that I curate in my classroom more often than I thought I did. I curate almost every day whether that be in a classroom setting or while planning with other teachers in a collaborative setting. In my experience, I have been doing more of the dumping method than I have been curating. There are many different ways to incorporate this into my classroom as a teacher and as a coworker.
I could use curation with my students when introducing a new non-fiction topic. My students complete research projects of historical figures. Instead of the traditional written research project, allowing my students to curate and create a project based on their historical figure would allow for a lot more creativity and higher-level thinking than the traditional written response.
One was I could use curation professionally with other teachers, is when I am giving a professional development presentation. At the end of the professional development, teachers typically share what they do in their classroom and how they use the resources provided to them. One idea would be to create a group project. During or after the presentation, teachers would be able to come together and share what they are doing and using in their own classrooms. This would allow for continued collaboration way after the presentation is over.
For my project, I have chosen to curate using padlet. My topic is “At-Home Learning Activities”. In light of the current situation that most educators are in, I felt this would be beneficial to my current students as well as fit the requirements for the assignment.
Curation for Digital Learning. (2017). BYOT Network. Retrieved from https://byotnetwork.com/2017/01/09/curation-for-digital-learning/
Gonzalez, J. (2017). To Boost Higher-Order Thinking, Try Curation. Cult of Pedagogy. Retrieved from https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/curation/