Saturday, August 17, 2013

Top Ten Reasons to Teach Curation

I have been thinking about curation lately.  Last year at Alan November's BLC conference in Boston I sat in on a session with the completely amazing Joyce Valenza.  I had been following her for a while but to read her posts and then listen to her in person is like the difference between reading about riding a horse and actually mounting a fabulous steed for the ride of your life.  I was in awe at the breadth and scope of this woman's grasp on important issues for 21st century learners.  I learned so much from that one session and my interest with curation crystallized then.

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In preparation for a workshop I will be giving soon at the Future of Education/L'avenir de l'éducation conference in Montreal August 19-21st, I have put together a quick and dirty list of my top ten reasons for why I think that curation is an essential skill for the 21st century.

Top Ten Reasons Why

Is An Essential 21st Century Skill


1.  Curation is the antidote for hoarding data.

2.  To curate means to consider your audience.

3.  To curate is to give a context and meaning to data: to construct knowledge.

4. To curate well is to focus on the salient amidst the clatter of ubiquitous data.

5.  To curate means to exercise higher order cognitive skills - analysis, evaluation, reflection.

6.  Curation gives students an editorial voice.

7.  Curators are valuable filters for their circle of learners.

8.  To curate is to bring value to a circle of learners.

9.  To curate is to contribute to the ‘global brain’.  (Robin Good)

10.  If information is the currency of democracy (Thomas Jefferson), then curators are essential agents of that democracy.  Curation makes sense of data and learning to curate is a democratic skill.

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