From one of my favorite education blogs, The Cool Cat Teacher, teacher Vicki Davis published a podcast with librarian Nancy White, on helping students become curators. Nancy makes the point that when students become curators, they are able to take more ownership of the information/content and learn from their online feedback.
This Slideshare presentation, given by Corrine Weisgerber and Shannan Butler of St. Edward's University at SXSWedu, is packed full of information on the process of curation. One of the central points is that good curators do not simply collect links to content. Instead, they add value to the content and give it meaning and context.
"Collecting is inclusive, but curating is exclusive" is one of the points explained in this PowerPoint presentation. It's aimed more at teachers than at students, but with the objective of teaching our students to become high-quality curators.
I liked the examples of student projects created in Storify. Students don’t have to focus on current events only. They could create a curated Storify story about a biographical figure or the historical period of a novel or play.
This article discusses why content curation is so important for our students to learn. It includes a few recommendations for curation tools, including Pinterest and Symbaloo, but concludes that each teacher must learn about the different platforms in order to choose the best one for his or her class.