Today’s blog is a guest post from a well-known international educator, Tanya LeClair. Tanya is a Tech and Innovation Coach, currently based in China. She is a workshop leader,
#ISEdCoach co-moderator, #WLead member and a #COETAIL instructor.
Curators are people that seek, organize, categorize, and share information in ways that frame a subject and show connections. They make sense of content that may be seemingly disconnected and provide a lens for the viewer to digest the vast amounts of information available online.
You may associate content curators with the trend in ranking or listing, often seen in popular websites today. With so much information available at our fingertips, it’s often a relief to have someone sift through it and find the best bits. Content curation is a skill that requires a keen eye, attention to detail, and the right tools. Focusing on the process of content curation in the classroom can help students become critical thinkers with the information they find online and gain valuable media literacy skills.
Here are 3 great tools for any teacher looking to focus on content curation in the classroom:
Wakelet is both a website and an app that allows you to gather different types of media into one attractive and user-friendly feed. Accounts are free, and once you create a Wakelet collection, you can easily publish and share with a QR code, link, or embed it into your own website.
The simplicity of Wakelet allows teachers and students to get started with little instruction. Take a look at the Wakelet below to find out how!
Padlet is mostly known as an online bulletin board, but it’s actually so much more. It allows you to pull together a variety of different media all in one place. When you create a Padlet you have several options for organizing your content. Some examples include a wall for random placement, a newsfeed style, a backchannel, and more. For curation purposes, I prefer the Padlet Shelf option. It allows you to add media to your Padlet in a series of columns.
Once you create a Padlet, you can share and collaborate with other contributors. The shelf design makes this very easy when curating together in your classroom because you can organize the columns by student or topic.
One of the great things about Padlet is the choice you are given in what you can add. Images, maps, drawings, audio, video, and more can be added with the click of a button. Padlet has both a free and pro/education version and can be found at Padlet.com or as an app for your Tablet.
- YouTube Playlists
When we think of YouTube, we often think of tutorials or funny fail videos. But did you know you can use YouTube for teaching and learning? Creating YouTube Playlists allows you to create ordered lists of videos to share with students.
Rather than opening all the videos you want to show your class in multiple tabs or sharing with multiple links, all you need to do is add your chosen videos to a Playlist and share it with one link.
The benefit of this is that students see content in the order you choose, and you can also annotate the videos to ask questions or prompt for feedback. To make a YouTube Playlist, just open a free YouTube account, access your Channel, and start creating. You can also check out this helpful video from Creators Tutorials:
Curation is valuable for student learning, but it’s also just as valuable for educators trying to save websites and resources for later use. Whatever reasons you have for content curation, remember that utilizing great digital tools like the ones mentioned here can help you stay organized, focused, and connected.