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Robin Good's insight:
EdCanvas is a web service which allows you to search, find, clip and collect any kind of content, from text to video clips and to organize it into visual boards for educational and learning purposes.
Differently than Pinterest, EdCanvas is specifically targeted at the education world and at schools and teachers, and it makes possible not just to collect "images" from web pages, but to collect and organize whichever content elements you want, including full web pages.
EdCanvas boards also offer the ability to easily reposition each item in the collection according to your preferences and it provides a number of pre-set layout options for displaying content in your boards.
The strongest feature for EdCanvas is an integrated search engine, which allows you to search for images, websites, video clips across Google, YouTube and Flickr, and lets you grab and drop any relevant result into anyone of your collections. Furthermore Edcanvas can connect directly to your Dropbox or Google Drive giving you access to all of your personal library files.
Similar tools: www.Learnist.com
Free to use.
Try it out now: http://www.edcanvas.com/
Help / support: https://edcanvas.uservoice.com/
Examples of collections: http://www.edcanvas.com/ (scroll down)
Robin Good's insight:
Stacia Johnson and Melissa Marsh have produced this 10-minute video introduction to Content Curation for their EDCI515 graduate course at the University of Victoria.
In this short clip they illustrate their own learning and discovery experience
with curation and where and how they see this practice being relevant and useful within educational contexts.
The video offers a very clear and understandable introduction to curation from a serious academic viewpoint.
Key topics covered:
I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning what content curation is really about and getting a good overview of the how-to, tools and benefits involved.
Informative. Well-explained. 7/10
Original video: http://youtu.be/XjmVgS7pnoo
Robin Good: What is it more important?
To refine a science of how to transmit, explain and illustrate what "needs to be known" or that we empower learners to create their own learning direction, approach, scaffolding and pace, by providing them with the ability to "drive" and "build" their learning value and not by having them become open sponges that memorize and comprehend what we offer them?
From the original article by Dominik Lukes: "A self-directed, self-motivated learner, will take any resources (no matter how pedagogically naive or badly instructionally designed – Khan Academy, iTunesU lectures, iPad ebooks, labs, conventional classes or TED videos) and use them to learn.
As the learner becomes more aware of their own learning (gaining metacognitive skills), they will look for resources that suit their learning better. And, in many cases, will create such resources.
That’s why we need to encourage a culture of the remix. Or in starker terms: Curation and creation over education."
Robin Good: If you are interested in exploring content curation as a possible venue for innovating teaching and learning approaches, you will find lots of valuable information in this new article by @NancyW entitled Developing Future Workskills Through Content Curation.
In it she points to a study conducted last year, the Apollo Research Institute Future Workskills 2020, that identifies critical workskills needed for future jobs and how fitting "content curation" may be in cultivating and refining many of those.
She writes: "A closer look suggests that critical workforce skills identified in this \ study can be easily aligned with the skills practiced with content curation.
The skills a student employs to successfully curate information include curiosity, media literacy, ability to make connections across disciplines, information literacy, the ability to evaluate and understand perspective, synthesize and evaluate information, and a good dose of self-direction."
"Future Workskills 2020 suggests a monumental shift and change needs to begin now in our education system.
These skills can be developed through the process of content curation.
Content curation has the added benefit of helping students find their passions for and take ownership of their learning..."
Right on target. Recommended. 8/10
Robin Good: What does curation mean from an educational viewpoint? And what is the key difference between "collecting" and "curating".
She truly distills some key traits of curation in a way that is clear and comprehensible to anyone.
She writes: "The first thing I realized is that in order to have value-added benefits to curating information, the collector needs to move beyond just classifying the objects under a certain theme to deeper thinking through a) synthesis and b) evaluation of the collected items.
How are they connected?"
And then she also frames perfectly the relevance of "context" for any meaningful curation project by writing: "I believe when we curate, organization moves beyond thematic to contextual – as we start to build knowledge and understanding with each new resource that we curate.
Themes have a common unifying element – but don’t necessarily explain the “why.”
Theme supports a central idea – Context allows the learner to determine why that idea (or in this case, resource) is important.
So, as collecting progresses into curating, context becomes essential to determine what to keep, and what to discard."
But there's a lot more insight distilled in this article as Nancy captures with elegance the difference between collecting for a personal interest and curating for a specific audience.
She finally steals my full endorsement for this article by discretely inquirying how great a value it would be to allow students to "curate" the domains of interest they need to master.
Excellent. Highly recommended. 9/10
Robin Good: Academic Pub allows academic institutions and professors to curate their own custom textbooks, by tapping into a copyright-cleared library of over 130 different publishers.
-> Add articles from the web or self-authored content to custom course materials, allowing for relevant and timely material to teach courses.
-> AcademicPub course materials are available in eBook or print format, providing flexibility for both faculty and students.
-> Aggregate web content, self-authored materials and content from the library in minutes - with instant copyright clearance.
-> Coursepacks and class syllabus can be delivered in a protected digital file, or as a perfect-bound, professionally printed book.
Find out more: http://academicpub.sharedbook.com/academicpub/
Robin Good: Curatr, an elearning platform built upon the idea of discovery through the curation and sense-making of existing information, has just released an updated version of its platform which you can check out here: http://www.curatr.co.uk/index2.php
Live demo: http://www.curatr.co.uk/index2.php?view=demo
Curatr allows professional trainers, experts, and teachers, as much as students to organize and curate information for the purpose of learning.
What I like very much is the Curatr promotional video, which says lots of true things about education and about the way we should carry it out in the future. The next-button-robot approach to information memorization needs to be replaced with a new approach: learning to understand how learners construct knowledge.
Curatr is about the construction of the scaffolding that allows people to learn and to find the resources that should help them best learn what they are interested into.
Promising. Insightful. 8/10
Robin Good's insight:
What's the difference between "collecting" and "curating"? How can Twitter be used as a "curation" tool?
What are some examples and ideas to put real-time news curation to effective use for those working as educators?
In this good article by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano (published 1/2012) of Langwitches.org, you can find lots of useful info about the use of Twitter as a curation tool.
Here for example are a few key benefits of using Twitter for picking, selecting and organizing content on a specific topic:
I think that she's right on the mark.
Well presented article and info. Useful. Good examples. 8/10
PDF file reference: http://langwitches.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Twitter-Curation-Tool.pdf
In Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator's Guide to User-Generated Learning, Kristen Swanson shows educators how to enhance their pro...
Robin Good's insight:
Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator's Guide to User-Generated Learning, Kristen Swanson shows educators how to enhance their professional learning using practical tools, strategies, and online resources.
This infographic focuses on curation and identifies ways educators can start curating content in order to harness information and become lifelong learners in the digital age.
For more visuals about content curation please check my board here:
Robin Good: School librarians may be one of the new change-making roles in the educational revolution silently taking place. Their role as organizers, collectors and guides to relevant information is a skillset that is not only in growing demand by the marketplace, but which perfectly fits the learning needs of today students / tomorrow information workers.
Joyce Valenza and Shannon Miller, who recently presented at the Building Learning Communities conference, think that we are about to witness a "golden age" of librarianship and that there are five skills that information / school librarians need to cultivate.
The first of these is curation.
"Given the unprecedented quantity of information learners are exposed to, the librarian’s role is more important than ever.
Librarians help all students gain access to, evaluate, ethically use, create, share, and synthesize information.
Students have long documented their research in notebooks, bibliographies, and research papers, but the presenters described these containers as inadequate for the digital landscape.
In the 20th century, content was king, but in this millennium, curation has emerged as the new monarch.
Valenza and Miller highlighted emerging technologies that help students showcase their progress as they acquire, organize, contextualize, and archive both existing content and new learning.
...The presenters stressed the value of teaching learners to purposefully contribute to society’s collective intelligence.
School librarians, with their specialized training and background in collecting, organizing, preserving, and disseminating information, must now teach their patrons—students and educators alike—to perform these tasks."
Robin Good: Beeclip EDU is a web app which allows anyone to easily combine images, video and texts to create instructional scrapbooks, moodboards, collages or portfolios.
Free to use. Can be tested without registering.
Learn how to use it: http://edu.beeclip.com/about/help
Find out more: http://edu.beeclip.com/
Robin Good: EduClipper is a new educational curation platform allowing both teachers and students to clip just about any type of content from the web and to organize it into topic-specific clipboards.
Clipboards can be made "private" or public depending on your needs and both their individual content items as well as any full clipboard can be easily shared on all major social networks.
Find out more: http://educlipper.net/
Robin Good: A great presentation by Corinne Weisberger and Shannan Butler on the emerging role of educators as curators and about the steps involved in creating valuable curated learning pathways.
Via Paulo Simões, Gust MEES
Robin Good: Curtis Bonk, professor emeritus at Indiana University, shares in this interview I did with him two years ago, what he thinks are the new skills required to teachers of the 21st century to leverage the power of the Internet for learning. And curation is among them.
Original video: http://youtu.be/WgM2nyCt-jU