Learning Curation Prompt #6 (LLED 462)

Learning Curation Prompt #6

Essential Question:

  • How do I set up a learning commons in a brand new school that will become the “nerve centre of the school” (Leading Learning, p.6)

Prompt from Module 6:

“Build your digital toolkit: This week’s prompt is to begin to collect (curate) effective online tools that you can use later for both your students and the teachers you will work with. Begin with the Mediasmarts site, there is a wealth of information here. And then explore out. They can be demos, games, presentations, youtube clips, websites, online commercials, anything that inspires you in your teaching and learning of digital and media literacy. You can organize and present your collection in whatever way you wish.” (LLED 462, Module 6)

Considering my essential question, I see my role as a curator of resources for both students and teachers. These curations could be hosted on a school website or shared by teachers and students for individual units.

While watching the Symbaloo tutorial, I began to envision all the possibilities with this curation tool. The first task that I would like to try is to create a Symbaloo page for my upcoming Science7 Inquiry Unit. Then I would like to curate a list of tools that teachers may find useful when teaching digital citizenship, as well as digital tools to use in class.

I will jot down my journey through this process.

I began with a closer look at:

I appreciate the detailed list of characteristics essential for students and the subset of learning targets for grade levels. This will definitely be handy to keep in the forefront of developing a scope and sequence for K-12 digital literacy.

I then took a look at the lesson plans available on the University of Texas website. Wow, I love it! What a great resource to share with teachers.

As I had just been working with my gr. 7 class on a unit on creating Prezi presentations about digital citizenship, this one caught my eye. I appreciate the suggestions to use class notes and to visually categorize each note with a label. Through the process, students are creating a free form mind map. I think this process would have been helpful in my own class so students could have a paper version of their Prezi categories.

lesson plan using Prezi to create outline

As I use Google Classroom quite extensively in my gr. 7 classes, the following also intrigued me as a way to collaborate student responses. My question, though, was I wondered if some students may not actually complete the assigned task but take the easy route of just mimicking what others wrote. Is there a way for students to add to the spreadsheet without viewing others’ responses until the end?

lesson plan to use google drive for collaboration

These two are similar in that wordless or word clouds are used as a method for generating search terms. I recently introduced word clouds into my class and the students enjoyed the visual way of analyzing their information.

wordle tool lesson plan

lesson plan to use word clouds to generate search terms

What a cool idea to use images to stimulate discussions on digital citizenship and digital literacy. I especially liked the suggestions to have an image projected and have students write a journal about the image prior to a discussion and to host a gallery walk with images scattered around the classroom. Within the blog post, Mattson has curated a list of images to use.

Using images for Discussion Prompts on Digital Citizenship

This is a very timely site to find as I am in the midst of teaching digital literacy to grade 7 students. A ton of helpful lessons and resources can be found on this site and the best is that the lessons are geared for Canada.

My curation process:

  1. I created a free account with Symbaloo and added resources to fit with an upcoming inquiry research project in Science, grade 7.

Since I already had the links ready, it was quick and easy to set up my Symbaloo page. I checked off the option to “share privately” using a link and then I tried using the option to share with Google Classroom. The link with a copy/paste didn’t seem to find the page.

Science 7 Sample Curation #1 So, I had to go back and change the options to share publicly and get the new link below.

Symbaloo for Science 7 Inquiry Project


However, when I shared through Google Classroom, I was able to set up an announcement for my class that would take students directly to the Symbaloo resources. When I went in through this option to double check what my students would see, I was disappointed to see many ads scattered throughout the page, as well as additional Symbaloo gallery pages at the bottom. These were listed as “Symbaloo-ers that viewed the webmix above, also viewed:…”

I felt that this was false advertising as I had just created this gallery mix and there was no way that anybody had yet viewed my gallery. I would have preferred not to confuse my students with the additional gallery options. I will demonstrate to my students what they should focus on.

  1. I then created a Symbaloo gallery for tools to use when teaching digital citizenship, as well as digital tools that I have tried or been introduced to. I love this easy to use curation site. I will definitely be sharing this tool with my colleagues.

Gallery for Colleagues: Digital Tools



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