AFTER STEP 5….. CURATING YOUR LEARNING

(Last Updated On: July 2, 2017)

Curating content is “the process of gathering information relevant to a particular topic or area of interest.”  There are many different ways and tools to help you do this.

  • How are you curating your learning OR what tools have you found to be helpful in curating and organizing your learning?
  • ​What frustrations are you having with curating and organizing your new learning?

7 thoughts on “AFTER STEP 5….. CURATING YOUR LEARNING

  • June 22, 2017 at 2:23 pm
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    My own curating and organizing:

    Typically in searching for information, I stick with typing key words. I then sort through the information, which sometimes is relevant, and sometimes is not. If I’m not finding the information I’m needing, I will change my wording or shorten/lengthen the wording of what I’m searching. I’ve also used quotations in my search, as well. After reading these articles, I realize there are many more shortcuts to use (astricks, minuses, etc.) that I should be using and should be exposing my students to, as well. After contemplating this, I realize that I definitely need to do a better job of this. One of my goals will be to show my students many different shortcuts and ways of searching, and they can synthesize, take what they’d like and what works for them, and they may use whatever tricks they find useful. This may help students find more valid information and may also save time.

    To organize my information professionally, I’ve traditionally used bookmarking to keep track of information I want to return to. I also have used folders in Google Docs. I’ve created simple Word documents and have simply copied and pasted links onto running document so I can get back to the page quite easily. Additionally, I’ve used Pinterest to collect ideas professionally, which has been the most exciting and interesting venue for saving information. Personally, I have used Pinterest to organize my interests.

    I’ve decided that after sifting through information, I want to try to teach and utilize these tools for my students, and then they can decide what works for them:
    Google Keep
    Pinterest
    Bookmarking / Starring and using Folders
    One Tab
    Symbaloo

    The biggest frustration with this is that there are just so many options, and I’m a very indecisive person! It’s a double edge sword, as having many options is wonderful because it gives students choice, and likely each student will find comfort with at least one of these. Ideally, I’d want someone to tell me, “This is the very best way to search for information” and “this is the best way to keep, collect, and organize this information,” but I do realize this is not true. I think I need to stick to one or two venues and really delve deep into these instead of allowing myself to become overwhelmed by all the choices. This will help me personally and professionally, and I believe this will also help my students, as well!

    • July 11, 2017 at 7:59 am
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      ah yes, with choice comes….. choices. Embrace the goodness in that you can find a tool that works best for you. Find one and go with it.

  • June 25, 2017 at 2:32 pm
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    To help curate my own learning, I use both bookmarking and Pinterest. Pinterest, for me, is a great way to save things for later. However, even in my use of Pinterest, I find myself not organizing enough. When I first began Pinterest, I had a general “education” or “school” board that I pinned everything too. After a while, it became hard to find things on that board, so I began making boards that were more specific (such as “math” or “cooperative learning”). I have a long way to go, but I feel that I have been making my Pinterest more user friendly for me. I will also say that in the beginning, Pinterest made it difficult for move things from board to board. With updates that have been made, I have found it is much easier to move pins from board to board (and Pinterest even tells you now if you have already pinned something).

    With using bookmarking, I have been a little better at organizing my learning. I have quickly found that if you don’t begin to make folders, you have a very lengthy list of websites that you have to go through to find what you want. Again, as I said above with Pinterest, I find that my initial organizing wasn’t organized enough.

    For myself, I feel that I am on a good path to organizing my learning, however, I feel that I have a long way to go with my students. I feel that often we all assume that students have already learned how to do this and therefore we don’t take it upon ourselves to, at the bare minimum, review it with our kids. I know that I need to do a better job at explicitly teaching my students how to better become organized in their own learning.

  • June 28, 2017 at 6:28 pm
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    To curate my learning, I bookmark! I am proficient at Google searching. In reading about the different ways to narrow searches, I find that I could be more efficient. However, I am able to find the information that I need in a relatively short amount of time. Where I need to improve is organizing those bookmarks. After reading all of the directions for creating folders for bookmarks, I have organized all of my bookmarks on my home computer. Looking at the bookmark screen is like taking a breath of fresh air! All organized and tidy!

    Another way that I curate my learning is through Youtube videos. Since I have a video linked to each lesson on my Moodle account, I have lots of videos to organize. They are organized by unit in Youtube folders, so that’s a plus. I should take the time to go through these videos to make sure everything is still in working order.

    I’d like to involve my students more in curating their learning. Finding their own Youtube videos to support a concept taught in class would be a good place to start. I would be interested in learning more about Google Keep and Symbaloo to see how those would be best used with the students.

  • July 5, 2017 at 1:31 pm
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    I am working on figuring out how to best curate my learning. I have found the videos helpful and now don’t feel as overwhelmed by this daunting task. Thank you Jennifer for the helpful tip about keeping it to a few venues and just concentrate on those–I think that advice has helped me! I have Bookmarks and made Google Doc files as well and find that is the best way for me to organize all the information coming in. I am excited to use Pinterest as my organizer and like the “boards” concept—easier to find and to pull up and share! I am also shifting my thinking from being a Teacher to being a Mentor/Coach/Consultant so my resources are also shifting. Re-organizing and finding new resources that apply to Candidates is what I’m currently doing, so having Pinterest is very helpful to me.

  • July 10, 2017 at 4:03 pm
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    I like the organization of Pinterest as far as curating information with that site. It is so nice to organize boards within the site that I can go back to later.

    I need to do bookmarking more when I find sites that I like. I usually remember the name if they are really worthwhile and use them over and over again. I learned a little more about the bookmarking feature which I plan to use more in the future.

    I feel pretty proficient in using Google Search when needed for my needs. I teach the younger students so the things that I am weak at would be checking to see if the site is legit for the research that I am finding. I am so amazed by the automatic bibliography that pops up when you site research. That is amazing to me.

    I also am pretty good about using folders within my Gmail to organize emails that come through once they are read but I feel they need to be kept. I am also pretty good about organizing my google docs. I have created many folders in docs and now make sure that I am in that folder when I create something new.

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