In this blog reflection I shall briefly discuss my perceived understanding of the purpose and value of digital curation for (i) myself as a professional, and (ii) for the students as learners.
There is no denying that we live in a global era with an over-abundance of digital material, and as such I acknowledge digital content curation as a critical skill for the twenty first century. In my blog reflection of 26 April 2017, I have already defined digital curation (also referred to as digital content curation) as the practice of selecting, collecting, preserving, maintaining and archiving of digital on-line resources. I have also provided an overview of Scoop.it as a free digital curation software - in addition to a number of alternative on-line digital curation tools - that lends itself well to the finding, reviewing, managing and sharing of digital information.
As we acknowledge already, as future educators it will be paramount for us to collect, reflect on, re-purpose and share digital resources and knowledge to satisfy sound, modern-day pedagogical expectations and requirements to optimise our teaching, but above all the learning and development of our future students. Typically, the collection of on-line resources involve the three main steps of (i) finding the necessary digital materials, (ii) gathering the information, and (iii) organising the resources in such a way that it can be effectively drawn upon and shared as necessary with other professionals and learners. Two particularly ideal sources to search for and find information with are identified as Twitter and Feedly, in addition to other relevant on-line sources of digital material. Following the finding and collection of digital resources, it is then vital to stay connected with fellow professionals and students alike, and to share those digital materials in a dedicated and purposeful way to maximise the teaching and learning process. The image below describes the total digital curation process quite well:
From our course materials and my above discussion, it is clear to observe the purpose and value of sound digital curation for ourselves as future educators and for the students as learners through the finding, gathering, organising and sharing of digital resources, endeavouring to develop and optimise our own pedagogies and the learning and development of students.
After watching Russel Stannard's videos on Scoop.it and its setup and application, I considered it might be a good idea to provide you with a succinct overview of Scoop.it and its purpose as a digital curation tool.
Before I elaborate on Scoop.it and its intended purpose, first I shall define the term digital curation. Digital curation (also referred to as digital content curation) is the practice of selecting, collecting, preserving, maintaining and archiving of digital material.
A number of on-line digital curation tools are available, however as part of this course we are advised to use Scoop.it for the purposes of digital content curation and management. As you might have gathered by now, Scoop.it is a free, easy-to-use digital curation software application that lends itself well to the finding, reviewing, managing and sharing of digital content.
To ensure that Scoop.it is used optimally for its intended purpose of digital content curation, it is prudent to observe the following guidelines:
I hope the above has provided you with a transparent overview of digital content curation and the use of Scoop.it as an effective digital curation tool.
I you - like me - have become a bit 'rusty' with you mathematical terminologies and definitions, I found the Glossary section of the Australian Curriculum extremely useful and helpful.
For convenience I have included the web link here: AC Glossary.
Have fun :-) !
There are some very useful resources on the Australian Curriculum Lessons web space - including but not limited to summaries of lesson plans, practice work sheets and subject skills. The image below serves as an appetite teaser:
Have a look at the web site at this link: http://www.australiancurriculumlessons.com.au/2017/04/08/changing-nations-population-shift-geography-lesson-year-89/