This week in ICT we explored many online tools for content curation. Basically, curation is sorting and storing web based content and organizing it in a way that is useful to you. If you’re like me, you probably hadn’t heard of content curation before and actually might even be curating without knowing it! Pinterest is a great example of how curation works, and is probably one of the most popular curation tools that the web has to offer. Users are able to search for content, save the links and organize them in their online pin board. I know for myself, it’s been an excellent resource to find lesson resources and classroom organization ideas.
Here are some additional curation tools that we were introduced to in class:
Symbaloo was my personal favourite from this list. Not only is it visually appealing, but you can actually use http://www.edu.symbaloo.com and http://www.lessonplans.symbaloo.com to search and store education and teaching resources. The Symbaloo website can also be used as your home screen for navigate and access popular resources for yourself, and perhaps even your students to use on a classroom computer.
We were also introduced to Google Forms , another amazing resource that Google provides. I had to “Google” Google forms to find out what it actually is. Here’s what I found: “You can plan events, make a survey or poll, give students a quiz, or collect other information in an easy, streamlined way with Google Forms. You can create a formfrom Google Drive or from an existing spreadsheet that can record the responses to your form”. So there you have it. It is an awesome, interactive way to involve your students, young and old.