[Listen and learn : Snapshot]
Digital tote resources
Purpose & objective
In the summer of 2012, I set out on a learning journey to understand what the term “curating” meant within the realm of education. I had been given an assignment at work to provide professional development for teachers on curating. I really wasn’t sure what this meant, let alone how to do it myself, and decided I needed to do some research. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I actually started to curate information –about curating! In July, 2012 I published a blog post entitled “Understanding Content Curation” to share what I had learned.. A year and a half later, it is still the most visited post on my blog. (http://d20innovation.d20blogs.org/2012/07/07/understanding-content-curation/)
There is a real thirst for understanding how to organize and make sense of the massive amounts of information we are exposed to every day. Human filters are needed. However, I learned that, while there is a need for teachers to curate digital resources for their students, the real power lies in designing learning for students that allows them to do the curating, based on their own areas of interest within the required learning topic. Turning this over to students allows them to pursue information on topics they are passionate about, and sharing their new-found understanding with an authentic audience will increase student motivation and success tremendously. It is an excellent strategy to make learning personal for each learner. An added benefit is that curating helps with developing information and media literacy skills, self-direction, and multiple workforce readiness skills,and helps students to meet Common Core standards and helps students to synthesize, evaluate, create and share our new understandings.
Essential Question: What are the elements of student learning that allow us to ignite their passion and transition from student to learner?
Purpose: The purpose of this session is to share a success story of how student curation, combined with providing an authentic audience and immediate feedback transformed learning for a group of middle school students.
Attendees will understand the definition of curation, and how it differs from collection information.
10 Minutes: What is curation? Why Students? Chart comparing curation with collection
“In a 2011 study, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Iowa scanned the brain activity of 16 people sitting in front of a computer screen. The screen was blurred out except for a small, movable square through which subjects could glimpse objects laid out on a grid. Half the time, the subjects controlled the square window, allowing them to determine the pace at which they examined the objects; the rest of the time, they watched a replay of someone else moving the window. The study found that when the subjects controlled their own observations, they exhibited more coordination between the hippocampus and other parts of the brain involved in learning and posted a 23 percent improvement in their ability to remember objects. “The bottom line is, if you’re not the one who’s controlling your learning, you’re not going to learn as well,” says lead researcher Joel Voss, now a neuroscientist at Northwestern University.” [Davis, Joshua. (2013, Oct. 15) How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses. Wired. Accessed http://www.wired.com/business/2013/10/free-thinkers/ ]