You can create digital content in any number of formats, including video, audio, Powerpoint presentations, blogs, wikis and animations.
To create meaningful digital content, you need to:
- understand your audience's needs; then address them appropriately
- use creative and critical thinking skills to produce quality materials that meet learning requirements
- have technical competence to use a range of digital tools effectively and confidently
- be honest, ethical and responsible when publishing
- respect the rights of other copyright owners and protect the rights of the publisher.
Creating content is not new. Librarians have been creating content for a long time. Within the digital environment there are now a vast number of tools available. Educators, students and library staff can all be active creators of digital content.
Libraries as content creators — American Libraries magazine
Why create content
Content creation enables students to:
- develop higher-level skills of analysing, evaluating and creating
- work collaboratively to solve problems and create new work
- share their work with other students
- reuse or re-purpose the work of others
- develop the knowledge to use information in an ethically appropriate way.
Tools for content creation
There is an enormous range of content creation tools that support teaching and learning. It is important to actively look for new and better tools all the time.
Use the following websites as starters to find some useful creation tools to use in your library or classroom: