Digital Curation in the Classroom

Digital curation is more than just "gathering stuff" from the internet and putting it all in one place. The reorganization and thoughtful selection of information and ideas in the form of articles, blogs, photos, videos allows the curator to become an author and an artist. Digital curation reshapes meaning. Successful curation involves a deep understanding of the subject and promotes metacognition.

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Storify is a really easy-to-use, free curation tool. Students (and teachers) create their own stories based on pieces they have selected through social networking sites, via news media and in other locales around the internet.

This is a "Storify" I created connecting William Golding's novel Lord of the Flies to the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

Lord of the Flies in 2014?

This is a student sample story related to To Kill A Mockingbird

This blog makes a few suggestions about strategies for using Storify with students.

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Find something awesome.Discover incredible content through smart searches and the community.
Make it yours.Scoop what matters to you and add your fresh perspective.
Show it off.1-click publish to your social networks, blog, and a Google-friendly splash page.

Create your own! account for free and begin to curate ideas and resources that interest you! Try!

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Pinterest is free. You can set up your account in about 60 seconds. It is a great resource for everything from recipes to bulletin board ideas.

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If you want to have your students do some blogging, WordPress is a user-friendly, comprehensive, straightforward tool. It also offers more sophisticated platforms as your students become more advanced. Students may create a blog in order to document an inquiry-based learning project. Each entry could be another element of the research. Students can see the evolution of their research as they explain why they included each new article/source. Students can reflect on their learning in each successive entry. Similarly, a blog could work like an annotated bibliography for a research project.

Basic WordPress accounts are free. For more Blogging options, check out our wiki Blogging page.

This blog, on WordPress suggests Six curation tools to try in your Classroom