Content curation

Curation is a way of adding value to content so it's effective for teaching and learning in your school. Use this guidance to help you select, sort and present digital content so it can be used effectively by the students and teachers in your school.

  • What content curation is

    Content curation is the process of selecting, sorting and arranging content on a specific topic or theme, adding value and meaning to what has been curated for your users.

    Content curation is about:

    • selecting the best quality digital content for your intended audience
    • organising and displaying it on a curation tool your users can access
    • adding value to the curated content through selecting, arranging and providing insights.
    Curation is not only about presenting other people’s work. The curator's role involves creating a new experience for user with information they've found.
    Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. The work involves sifting, sorting, arranging, and publishing information.
    Content curation primer by Beth Kanter
  • What content curation is

    Content curation is the process of selecting, sorting and arranging content on a specific topic or theme, adding value and meaning to what has been curated for your users.

    Content curation is about:

    • selecting the best quality digital content for your intended audience
    • organising and displaying it on a curation tool your users can access
    • adding value to the curated content through selecting, arranging and providing insights.
    Curation is not only about presenting other people’s work. The curator's role involves creating a new experience for user with information they've found.
    Content curation is the process of sorting through the vast amounts of content on the web and presenting it in a meaningful and organized way around a specific theme. The work involves sifting, sorting, arranging, and publishing information.
    Content curation primer by Beth Kanter
  • Why curate digital content?


    Curation goes beyond the collection of content. The value you add includes:

    • making a high standard of digital resources and content available
    • grouping the resources in helpful ways
    • providing annotations to help your students' understanding
    • giving context to the information — especially for learning objectives
    • saving students' time
    • directing students towards quality resources for learning.
    Strong curation … also involves making decisions about what is and is not useful to deepening understanding of the subject. Curating is a higher-level thinking skill. In order to curate content that is useful for others the content needs to be synthesized, evaluated, and interpreted before being disseminated. Well curated topics and subjects help to inform and allow learning to happen at faster rates.
    Content curation: finding the needles in the haystacks by Christopher Lister
  • Why curate digital content?


    Curation goes beyond the collection of content. The value you add includes:

    • making a high standard of digital resources and content available
    • grouping the resources in helpful ways
    • providing annotations to help your students' understanding
    • giving context to the information — especially for learning objectives
    • saving students' time
    • directing students towards quality resources for learning.
    Strong curation … also involves making decisions about what is and is not useful to deepening understanding of the subject. Curating is a higher-level thinking skill. In order to curate content that is useful for others the content needs to be synthesized, evaluated, and interpreted before being disseminated. Well curated topics and subjects help to inform and allow learning to happen at faster rates.
    Content curation: finding the needles in the haystacks by Christopher Lister
  • School library staff as content curators

    Joyce Valenza of Rutgers University says, 'Librarians are uniquely qualified to curate ... they understand the curriculum and the specific needs and interests of their own communities …'

    Joyce Valenza on digital curation

    Curating content enables school library staff to:

    • position themselves as research experts
    • keep the library service relevant and appreciated
    • consult with educators.

    When you curate your digital collection, you can support the learning in your school by collaborating with teachers. Get their help to:

    • clarify whether the information need is for inquiry or research
    • define its scope
    • understand the intended audience
    • decide on an appropriate presentation for the curated information
    • find ways to be involved in curriculum planning.
    You might also choose to offer teachers a ‘just-in-time’ curation service. For example, Saskia Hill, Librarian at Cashmere High School Library developed a teacher enquiry form which makes it easy for teachers to ask for help without leaving the classroom. It has been a real hit.

    This form lets teachers tell you:

    • the topic they need content curated for
    • which NCEA standard or curriculum area it aligns with
    • any other requirements.

    Cashmere High School Library — teacher enquiry form

  • School library staff as content curators

    Joyce Valenza of Rutgers University says, 'Librarians are uniquely qualified to curate ... they understand the curriculum and the specific needs and interests of their own communities …'

    Joyce Valenza on digital curation

    Curating content enables school library staff to:

    • position themselves as research experts
    • keep the library service relevant and appreciated
    • consult with educators.

    When you curate your digital collection, you can support the learning in your school by collaborating with teachers. Get their help to:

    • clarify whether the information need is for inquiry or research
    • define its scope
    • understand the intended audience
    • decide on an appropriate presentation for the curated information
    • find ways to be involved in curriculum planning.
    You might also choose to offer teachers a ‘just-in-time’ curation service. For example, Saskia Hill, Librarian at Cashmere High School Library developed a teacher enquiry form which makes it easy for teachers to ask for help without leaving the classroom. It has been a real hit.

    This form lets teachers tell you:

    • the topic they need content curated for
    • which NCEA standard or curriculum area it aligns with
    • any other requirements.

    Cashmere High School Library — teacher enquiry form

  • Teachers as content curators

    Teachers have deep subject knowledge essential to evaluating digital resources for learning. Expertise in curating content provides a reliable starting point for students' initial research. Guiding them to quality online resources right from the start helps students' learning.

    By becoming a content curator you can:

    • help prevent students becoming overwhelmed by digital information
    • guide the development of students' digital literacy skills in the process
    • scaffold learning how to navigate online information successfully.

    Through using curated collections, students learn to:

    • recognise a quality resource
    • choose the best source of information for their needs, be it print, digital or a person
    • widen their personal learning networks by using a variety of resources.

    Teachers can use curated content to encourage parents to become involved in school life by:

    • gathering resources to support reading at home
    • explaining new technologies
    • educating parents about topics such as digital literacy and digital citizenship.
  • Teachers as content curators

    Teachers have deep subject knowledge essential to evaluating digital resources for learning. Expertise in curating content provides a reliable starting point for students' initial research. Guiding them to quality online resources right from the start helps students' learning.

    By becoming a content curator you can:

    • help prevent students becoming overwhelmed by digital information
    • guide the development of students' digital literacy skills in the process
    • scaffold learning how to navigate online information successfully.

    Through using curated collections, students learn to:

    • recognise a quality resource
    • choose the best source of information for their needs, be it print, digital or a person
    • widen their personal learning networks by using a variety of resources.

    Teachers can use curated content to encourage parents to become involved in school life by:

    • gathering resources to support reading at home
    • explaining new technologies
    • educating parents about topics such as digital literacy and digital citizenship.
  • Tools for content curation

    Select tools to suit your learning style and personal preferences. To check whether your chosen tool will be a good fit for your school, you could:

    • survey a sample of your students and staff to find out how they like information presented, or
    • show a sample group of teachers and students two or three options, and ask them which they like best.

    Curation tools generally fall into 2 categories.

    News discovery tools

    News discovery tools are used to help select and aggregate information. They’re time savers because, with some customisation, they’ll feed you the information you want. Examples include:

    • following a hashtag on Twitter
    • personal magazines on FlipBoard
    • curations on Feedly.

    Twitter

    FlipBoard

    Feedly

    Curation tools

    Curation tools are used to collect, annotate and present information sources around a particular topic or theme. Examples include: LiveBinders, Bag The Web, Storify, Pinterest, and Pearltrees, but there are lots of others.

    LiveBinders

    Bag TheWeb

    Storify

    Pinterest

    Pearltrees

  • Tools for content curation

    Select tools to suit your learning style and personal preferences. To check whether your chosen tool will be a good fit for your school, you could:

    • survey a sample of your students and staff to find out how they like information presented, or
    • show a sample group of teachers and students two or three options, and ask them which they like best.

    Curation tools generally fall into 2 categories.

    News discovery tools

    News discovery tools are used to help select and aggregate information. They’re time savers because, with some customisation, they’ll feed you the information you want. Examples include:

    • following a hashtag on Twitter
    • personal magazines on FlipBoard
    • curations on Feedly.

    Twitter

    FlipBoard

    Feedly

    Curation tools

    Curation tools are used to collect, annotate and present information sources around a particular topic or theme. Examples include: LiveBinders, Bag The Web, Storify, Pinterest, and Pearltrees, but there are lots of others.

    LiveBinders

    Bag TheWeb

    Storify

    Pinterest

    Pearltrees

  • Sharing your curated digital content

    The method you use to share curated collections is important if you want it to be easily accessed and well used. Discuss with teachers where the easiest location might be for their students to access curated collections. Many librarians use their library websites for presenting curated information.

    Examples of curated collections

    At the Heaton Learning Resource Centre in Christchurch, librarian Jane Boniface supports inquiry learning using a web page. This links out to databases, curated collections and also to book resources within the library.

    Heaton Learning Resource Centre

    Saskia Hill, librarian at Cashmere High School in Christchurch, has a research tab on their library’s website, which opens a drop-down menu for each department. This has a number of curated collections related to reading for pleasure, NCEA achievement standards and inquiry topics.

    She has arranged some subject areas’ collections according to NCEA level, others are arranged by year level and some by subject. This offers a personalised response to the needs of the teachers within each department.

    Cashmere High School Library

    Spartan Guides offers an extensive list of curated guides for school libraries. They cover subjects, pedagogies, resources, teaching tools and much more.

    Spartan Guides

    Jennifer La Garde's Pinterest boards are great examples of how a wealth of useful content and resources can be curated.

    Jennifer LaGarde on Pinterest

  • Sharing your curated digital content

    The method you use to share curated collections is important if you want it to be easily accessed and well used. Discuss with teachers where the easiest location might be for their students to access curated collections. Many librarians use their library websites for presenting curated information.

    Examples of curated collections

    At the Heaton Learning Resource Centre in Christchurch, librarian Jane Boniface supports inquiry learning using a web page. This links out to databases, curated collections and also to book resources within the library.

    Heaton Learning Resource Centre

    Saskia Hill, librarian at Cashmere High School in Christchurch, has a research tab on their library’s website, which opens a drop-down menu for each department. This has a number of curated collections related to reading for pleasure, NCEA achievement standards and inquiry topics.

    She has arranged some subject areas’ collections according to NCEA level, others are arranged by year level and some by subject. This offers a personalised response to the needs of the teachers within each department.

    Cashmere High School Library

    Spartan Guides offers an extensive list of curated guides for school libraries. They cover subjects, pedagogies, resources, teaching tools and much more.

    Spartan Guides

    Jennifer La Garde's Pinterest boards are great examples of how a wealth of useful content and resources can be curated.

    Jennifer LaGarde on Pinterest

  • Resources to help with curation

    Guides to content curation

    Content curation primer — Beth Kanter’s content curation basics

    Curating: Creatively Filtering Content — Sue Waters' comprehensive guide to all things content curation

    Collected No. 6 May 2012 (pdf) — School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa's (SLANZA) magazine which focuses on content curation

    Content curation and the school librarian (pdf) — Nikki D. Robertson

    Why content curation is important

    Building thought leadership through content curation — a SlideShare presentation by Corrinne Weisgerber of St. Edward's University

    Curation as Digital Literacy Practice — links between content curation and digital literacy

    Content curation and the future of search — a series of YouTube videos presented by Robin Good covering various aspects of content curation

    Curation — a parody song by Joyce Valenza and students on Vimeo

    Finding content curation tools

    WebTools4u2use — web resources related to content curation

    Content curation tools: the ultimate list — a blog by Meg Sutton on Curata

  • Resources to help with curation

    Guides to content curation

    Content curation primer — Beth Kanter’s content curation basics

    Curating: Creatively Filtering Content — Sue Waters' comprehensive guide to all things content curation

    Collected No. 6 May 2012 (pdf) — School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa's (SLANZA) magazine which focuses on content curation

    Content curation and the school librarian (pdf) — Nikki D. Robertson

    Why content curation is important

    Building thought leadership through content curation — a SlideShare presentation by Corrinne Weisgerber of St. Edward's University

    Curation as Digital Literacy Practice — links between content curation and digital literacy

    Content curation and the future of search — a series of YouTube videos presented by Robin Good covering various aspects of content curation

    Curation — a parody song by Joyce Valenza and students on Vimeo

    Finding content curation tools

    WebTools4u2use — web resources related to content curation

    Content curation tools: the ultimate list — a blog by Meg Sutton on Curata