Curation: It’s one of the crucial 21st-century skills for learners of all ages, including through higher education and beyond. Conceptually, it’s important to understand digital curation less like a “tech tool” for educators and more critical thinking for the digital age. It’s all about evaluating information and separating the signal from the noise.
Steve Evangelista further explains digital curation as being an extension of the museum creator’s task:
To curate is to judge quality and separate it from what is less worthwhile, and to interpret for a purpose. Museum curators may begin with hundreds, if not thousands, of works before choosing a dozen or two to appear in an exhibition. Each work is carefully selected for a reason, and the viewer is treated to a thoughtful, sensible experience as he or she wanders through the exhibit.
BUT it doesn’t embed into our free blog, and Storify’s direct export to WordPress.com site does not work — unless you’re going for that “code cut-and-pasted” look.
Still, the tool is easy to use and to share.
Higher education applications
A curation tool like Storify lends itself to topics people are talking about on social media. (Storify searches for keywords, not just hashtags, but a broad keyword will bring up too many posts to easily pick from.)
But that doesn’t mean it’s all just breaking news. Any kind of assessment that requires students to pull together and present research could lend itself to a Storify. You could also have students use Storify to make a persuasive argument (with quotes and media backing up their points) or have them work collaboratively, maxing remixes of team members’ stories.
For more on educators using Storify, check out Hybrid Pedagogy.