Learning and Leading with Digital Curation
Explore and apply a variety of digital
learning tools to enhance your
professional learning and
digital leadership skills!
“And let us continue to consider how to provoke
one another to love and good deeds…
encouraging one another, and all the more
as you see the Day approaching.”
To explore digital curation as a connected leadership practice for supporting professional learning and knowledge building
Introducing the challenge
Over the past few challenges, we have seen that social media tools are increasingly being used by educators to communicate, share ideas and resources as they celebrate their faith and learning experiences as a Catholic school community.
In this challenge, we look at how school leaders are using digital curation as an essential skill for building and sharing knowledge in a digital age learning environment. Sue Waters describes curation as “a 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” …”it is a life skill and an important part of being digitally literate.” As a digital leadership practice, curation provides a powerful way to “create spaces in which knowledge can be created, explored and connected.” (L. Hilt, #EdTech Chat, 2013.) At this point, we introduce #PQP10 as a Twitter space for sharing ideas and learning experiences with PQP candidates throughout the 10 Day Challenge.
The hashtag # is used to categorize and curate topics or conversations. Searching for a specific topic using Twitter’s search feature will reveal all of the tweets that have been posted with that particular hashtag. Think of a hashtag as a particular folder, with all of the related tweets filed in this folder for easy access and reference.
PQP Curriculum Connections
● Develop strategies to build, communicate and implement a shared vision
● Develop an environment in which intellectual risk is promoted
The Ontario Catholic Leadership Framework
● Developing the Organization for Desired Practices
● Improving the Instructional Program
ISTE Standards for Administrators
● Digital Age Learning Culture
● Excellence in Professional Practice
Doing the challenge
“Without purposeful curation, it is impossible to realize the full impact of digital learning resources and initiatives. There would be no consistent approach to the acquisition and use of digital content to inform the improvement of teaching and learning practices. Not only does curation help to ensure the quality of resources that are being utilized for instruction, but it also promotes equity, especially when those resources are incorporated within an accessible digital curriculum. ” – Curation for Digital Learning, BYOT Network, 2017
Look at some of the suggested articles and video below. They provide different perspectives from educational leaders on the value of digital curation for teaching, learning and leading in a digital age. Share what resonates with you… use the hashtag #PQP10.
- Video: Reflect, Curate, Connect, Create – Alex Couros
- Endless Possibilities – Jennifer Casa-Todd
- Student Voice, Social Media and Modeling: How My School is Making it Happen for Kids – Thomas Martellone
A variety of digital curation tools such as Twitter Moments, Diigio, Scoopit, Pinterest, and Youtube are being used today to share valuable learning resources and to capture the diverse voices, faith experiences and stories from students and educators in school communities across the globe. Explore some of the examples of how educational leaders, schools and boards are using digital curation tools to share “key resources” and to “tell their story.”
- Celebrating our Student EdTech Initiative – Jennifer Casa-Todd
- Celebrating Catholic Education Week – Ottawa Catholic School Board
- Social Media Resources – Pinterest – Charissa Widman
- 21st Century Learning – Scoopit Collection – Darlene Clapham
In your class reflection sheets, consider how digital curation supports the leadership practices in the Ontario Catholic Leadership Framework and/or ISTE Standards. How might school leaders model and promote digital curation as an essential skill for digital age learning?
Sample Reflections from PQP Candidates
“I’m interested in the notion that ‘twitter is a curation tool’. I didn’t realize the possibilities that it provides. As Alec Couros states, it’s share learning with the world. As an educational leader, it’s essential to be connected with other educators. Listening to Dierdre Smith speak to us last week about our profession and then viewing the content for Day 3 of this challenge, it’s encouraging and uplifting to see that “the internet offers [such] immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity” (Pope Francis). I’ve been using OneNote in a CODE project, and I’d like to utilize the tool to curate and organize my own content (and finally recycle my binders!). I’ve used flipboard where students curate, but I’d like to try Scoopit to redesign a media unit that focuses on magazine creation. I’m also familiar with edumatch on pinterest, but I’d like to move beyond collecting and begin reflecting using one of the tools (tumbler or wordpress blog) that Alec Couros suggests. I’ve also just activated a diigo account in an effort to begin curating. Myblueprint is an online space that our board utilizes. In addition to surveys and planning for their future, students can curate their work in the portfolio section, which allows them to store, review and share (i.e. in an interview setting). Infographics for applied and workplace learners to ensure opportunities for success; I’d like to investigate this opportunity before I teach the course again next year. Sue Waters says that curation is a life skill, so as an innovative educational leader, it’s essential to model curation using various tools. Ultimately, effective educational leaders think like teachers do, so it would be wise to encourage professional online network communities within schools and between schools (especially for those who teach singleton courses).” M. Munro, 2017
Beyond the challenge…
- Taking Note – How to Curate Learning Digitally – Beth Holland
- Understanding Content Curation – A Refresh – Nancy White
- Curation – Creatively Filtering Content and Sue Waters
- Digital Curation for Educators- Pinterest
- Educators and PLN’s – Scoopit Collection – Leanna Johnson