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Curating Content for 21st Century Learning

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Presenters Susie Bussmann and Sandy Johnson

The ever increasing tsunami of digital resources require educators and students be skilled curators of all types of content. Useful tools like Learn.ist, Diigo, Scoop.It, and Twitter combined with skills such as social bookmarking, following, tagging, and sharing, empower users to filter, organize, manage, and curate content.




  • Define digital content curation (DCC)
  • Explain how DCC supports 21st century learning 
  • Identify several content curation tools 
  • Explain some DCC strategies
  • Identify several ways to use DCC in learning

Digital Content Curation Vocabulary

















Social Capital 




Web 2.0 -3.0






Digital Content Curation (DCC)

It's the process of locating, gathering, organizing, and presenting digital content and presences around a specific theme or topic area.





Content Curation Tools and Digital Content Curation in Teaching and Learning 

Teaching with Content Curation (the Journal, (Dec. 18, 2012. 21st Century School Feature). 



Learnist, Pinterest
Pinterest , Open Education Pinterest Board, Classroom Example
Diigo  Diigo in Education Group
Padlet (formerly Wall Wisher)  Classroom Example Learnist 
Symbaloo    Classroom Example
Storify  Scoop.it
Ed Shelf
LiveBinder Pearltrees 
Paper.li WordPress  
Springpad Bundlr 
Educlipper  Bagtheweb 

Infographic from eLearning Infographics. Retrieved from http://elearninginfographics.com/


Digital Content Curation Strategies 


DK. (2014). Curation as an emerging skill set.  A 5 step guide. [Web log comment]. Retrieved from 


 Kanter, B. (Oct., 2011) . Content curation primer   (http://www.bethkanter.org/content-curation-101/

Digital Content Curation and 21st Century Learning 

Students   Teachers 

Technology and Common Core Standards 

Technology and Common Core Standards

Students who are college and career ready in reading, writing, speaking, listening,

and language use technology and digital media strategically and capably. 

Students employ technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing, speaking,

listening, and language use. They tailor their searches online to acquire useful

information efficiently, and they integrate what they learn using technology with

what they learn offline. They are familiar with the strengths and limitations of

various technological tools and mediums and can select and use those best

suited to their communication goals.


Students who are mathematically proficient at various grade levels are able

to identify relevant mathematical resources, such as digital content located on

a website, and use them to pose or solve problems. They are able to use

technological tools to explore and deepen their understanding of concepts

(Common Core State Standards http://www.corestandards.org/)

"New technologies have broadened and expanded the role that speaking and listening play in acquiring and

sharing knowledge and have tightened their link to other forms of communication.  The Internet has accelerated

the speed at which connections between speaking, listening, reading, and writing can be made, requiring that

students be ready to use these modalities nearly simultaneously. Technology itself is changing quickly, creating a

new  urgency for students to be adaptable in response to change."


“The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today’s curriculum.

In like fashion, research and media skills and understandings are embedded throughout the Standards rather than treated

in a separate section.”


"Students need to be “self-directed learners, effectively seeking out and using resources to assist them, including teachers,

peers, and print and digital reference materials.”

(Common Core State Standards http://www.corestandards.org/)   

3. Research and information fluency

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of 

sources and media 


 3. Model digital age work and learning 

d. Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, 

evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning



2. Communication and collaboration 

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual

learning and contribute to the learning of others.

a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media

b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats

2. Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments

Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessments incorporating contemporary tools 
and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes identified in the Standards•S.

a. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity


4. Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making 

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using 

appropriate digital tools and resources.

b. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project

4. Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility

Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices.

a. Advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, 

intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources

b. Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies providing equitable access to appropriate digital tools and resources

5. Digital citizenship 

Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.

b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity

c. Demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning 

5. Engage in professional growth and leadership

Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their

school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating  the effective use of digital tools & resources.

a. Participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning 

d. Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community

6. Technology operations and concepts 

Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. 

          b. Select and use applications effectively and productively  


Framework for 21st Century Learning 

Partnership for 21st Century Learning http://www.p21.org/our-work/p21-framework 

Curation Planning Questions

Seek, Sense, Share


1. Identify Goal
What is the value that self-directed learning can bring to your work?
What do you want to accomplish? 

2. Topics
What topics do you need to follow to reach your goal?
Don’t pick too many. Be specific

3. Seek 
What are the best sources to follow? Blogs, Web Sites, Individuals?
Less is more. Build slowly. Delete if no longer valuable
How will you build in at least 15 minutes a day to seek out information? 

4. Sense
When and how can you make the time for sense-making? 
How can you link it to a work task?
How will you integrate “sense-making” activities into your routine?

5. Share
Who are the most important people to share with?
What networks do you want to share with? Internal? External?
How often will you share?
How will you build daily sharing time that includes reading/commenting on someone else’s curated lists or posts?
How will keep a discipline to share only the best stuff? 

Contributions to http://socialmediafoundations.wikispaces.com/ are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 License.  



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