Jeff Cobb (2010), examines the need for curators, in a time where the world is becoming more influenced by the information available online. Information is continually being added to the internet faster then we are able to keep up with and it is increasingly difficult to find what information is relevant, and whether the information found is factual. Anyone with an internet connection is able to add information to the ever growing digital world.
Teachers need to know how to be digital curators so they can collect the relevant resources online for the topics they cover in their classes. These resources can be developed and kept for use in classes over time. As new content is found and added to the collection, outdated content is filtered out to improve the relevance of the collection to the students. Being a digital curator is simply not just gathering links, teachers must be able to put the data into context, so that the students they are teaching can understand the resources enhancing the learning experience (Cobb, 2010).
I found ‘Pinterest’ to be highly visual and easy to use. After choosing a topic and creating my first board, I immediately started pinning resources. Whilst adding content to my board, I began to realise the effectiveness of digital curating and how I am able to use Pinterest as a tool to enhance lessons for my future students. I was able to curate my board for a specific age group, and for the different types of learners by adding different styles of resources. Visual learners can click on pins linked to videos and pictures, where they can benefit the most from their learning experience (Farwell, n.d). Students would be able to use digital resources like Pinterest and Scoop.it! to curate lessons specifically focussed on their interests (Prensky, 2008).
Image: (Hay, 2011).
Cobb. J, (2010). Who are your content curators? Retrieved from http://www.missiontolearn.com/content-curator/
Farwell. T, (n.d.). Visual, auditory, kinesthetic learners. Retrieved from http://school.familyeducation.com/intelligence/teaching-methods/38519.html
Hay, L. (2011). Retrieved from https://studentslearn.wordpress.com/2011/12/01/content-curation-and-the-power-of-collective-intelligence/
Prensky, M. (2008). The 21st-century digital learner. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/ikid-digital-learner-technology-2008