Curation: Making Sense of Information Overload

Most of my students don’t know how to curate information… even one of the brightest students I’ve ever had seemed amazed by Diigo and the Diigolet tool.  This is no fault of our media specialist who has been preaching the curation/bookmarking sermon for several years now.  It just hasn’t trickled down into many classrooms yet. If you want to know more about curation and bookmarking, I recommend swinging by this site.

I’ve incorporated Diigo into my classes during the research phase.  Why?  Because I had to do it in a grad school class recently and I’m guessing some of my seniors may be asked to curate information in the near future. Also, it was helping me research, find key quotes, summarize, and organize the information into Lists.

Diigo has recently changed its wonderful Lists to Outliners.  I’m in limbo over how I feel about the change.  I liked the Lists.  I guess I need more time to experiment with the Outliners.

In the whole scheme of content curation, Diigo is small potatoes, but it has enough functionality to be useful during research for high school research papers and presentations.  It’s useful to both the students and the teacher.

I’ve also used Symbaloo to help me prepare for this year’s lit mag theme.  As I’ve collected information, I moved the tiles around in a way that makes sense to me.

And that’s what it’s all about… making sense of all that information out there.  Before your students get too overwhelmed by it all, introduce them to a tool to help them manage it.

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