Curating sources is something I have always enjoyed doing, for myself and for other people. It wasn’t until I read Jennifer Gonzalez’s article, Are You a Curator or a Dumper?, that I realized that I may need to fine-tune my curating abilities. I know that I tend to get carried away when I get excited about a topic. If I can focus on finding the very best items and making sure they are presented in an easy-to-manage, visually appealing way, they will end up being a lot more effective. I want to be able to curate sources for teachers, students, and the community that will help them find and use the information that they need.
I also want to teach students to curate sources for themselves. Jennifer Gonzalez’s article, To Boost Higher-Order Thinking, Try Curation, discusses how curation assignments can engage students at three different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy: Understand, Analyze, and Evaluate.
Gonzalez has several great ideas for using curation with students. She suggests having students create ranked collections of sources, justifying their rankings with explanations or scoring systems. Other ideas include having them create a shared trait collection, collecting resources and writing literature reviews on each resource, and creating video playlists, which sounds like something students would love to do!
I played around with some Gonzalez’s recommended curation tools. Elink was the first one I tried, and I love the look of it. I decided to look for information on coding and programming that I could use with students in the library. Here is what I came up with: https://elink.io/9f3d340
I was disappointed that the elink web page could not be embedded into WordPress without a business account. So I then went to Pinterest, where I created a board for coding and programming teaching tools. I love how easy it is to pin things to a board, especially with the pin plugin.
Last but not least, I tried out Wakelet:
I like the way it looks as well, but I think elink is my favorite. I’m excited about all the potential uses of these tools, for myself and for my students.