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15 Quick Tips To Become a Master Curator of Classroom Resources

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Dr. Monica Burns  
Selecting “just right” resources for students is an essential practice for educators to help make sure you're meeting all student needs. In this session, we will examine strategies to help you become a master curator as you select, organize and distribute online resources with students.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: I will ask participants to access a few different online spaces that are free and mobile friendly including Jamboard, Mentimeter and Padlet.
Topic: Online tools, apps & resources
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to decide which resources are best for their students related to content goals and student interest.

Participants will be able to create collections of resources (collaboratively with colleagues or independently) that can be used to tackle challenges presented by quick shifts in instructional models (traditional, hybrid, distance).

Participants will examine the benefits of introducing different types of media and reflecting on representation in the resources they share.


5 minutes - Set the stage with an overview of curation and educators' roles as curators and connection ISTE Standards
5 minutes - Interactive activity connected to student interest surveys (device-based activity)
15 minutes - first five tips
5 minutes - interactive curation activity (peer-to-peer interaction)
10 minutes - second five tips
5 minutes - interactive curation activity (device-based activity)
10 minutes - final set of five tips
5 minutes - Goal setting and questions

Supporting research
(Episode 132)

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Dr. Monica Burns, Class Tech Tips, LLC

Dr. Monica Burns is an EdTech and Curriculum Consultant, author of EdTech Essentials (ASCD, 2021) and former New York City public school teacher. She works with schools and organizations around the world to support PreK-20 educators with thoughtful technology integration. Monica’s website and Easy EdTech Podcast helps educators place “tasks before apps” by promoting deeper learning with technology.

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