Saturday, December 14, 2013

Nina C. Smith offers information about Finnish schools (she's an excellent curator -- let's review some tips about how to select and share information)

One of the joys of "curating" a blog is finding a "new" blog or website to share with others (it's new to me).  Today's discovery is

Here's an excerpt:
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How to improve learning?

It is possible to improve learning and teaching at your school without any expensive equipment or new curricula. Empowered teachers boost the academic performance in the classroom by supporting students' intrinsic motivation to learn.

Improving instructional quality is just the beginning! Helping teachers understand and implement the basic principles of cognitive, constructive and co-operativelearning facilitation (the 3C- tools) takes the instructional quality to a whole new level!  

I can also help you by sharing the know-how of the education in Finland.

STUDENTS:  Let's practice collecting, selecting and praising the work that we find on the web.  Let's do more curating...

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I found Nina's link by reading the blog at ... and Nina's post included a link to her site.

"Curating" a blog is done well at (you are encouraged to visit and "like" that site) and there are elements of good curating at Nina's blog

as well as on her professional training site.  If you are a student, you can read about how students are taught in Finland.  We teachers benefit from Nina's site because Nina helps us to review ideas that Fischler and other advocates of the transformation of education talk about.

Thanks to Nina's curating skills, we can be better informed. She posted a link to an article from the Atlantic that is a "must read."

This leads us to the importance of giving students an opportunity, perhaps daily, to find useful things to ask about. How can students improve their skills of scanning, collecting, selecting, sorting, rating, praising?  (curating?)

Links about Curating:

Here are some of the tips about curating that come from  
1. Read a variety of sources

Relying on one or two curation sources isn't merely boring for your readers, it also violates the spirit of good curation because it could well mean you're profiting off of the original creator's work.
2. Credit the original source
Ethical curators give credit where credit is due by properly citing and linking to the original work. Make sure you're not linking to merely another curator who's sharing an article! It may take a few clicks to track down the original source, but it's worth the extra clicks to credit appropriately.
3. Keep quotes short
Quoting a short section of the original piece can give readers a taste of the full article.
Quote only short passages from the original and write the rest of the curation piece in your own words so you're adding value to the conversation. In fact, the sections in your own words should be longer than any sections you're quoting.
4. Write with a point of view
Summarizing or merely regurgitating pieces from other sources isn't really curation; it's closer to aggregation. Good curators explain why a topic matters, how it impacts readers, or what they expect to happen in the future.
A robot can aggregate content, but only a human can formulate and express an opinion.
5. Add context
If the original article leaves out something that would be useful or interesting for your readers to know, add it as you curate.
6. Stick to thumbnail images
Just as text is subject to copyright law, so too are images. Never republish the full image from the original piece without first getting permission.
7. Write a new headline
Instead of copying and pasting the original headline, write a new headline. Retitling ensures that you're not competing with the original author in search results. It also lets you emphasize aspects of the piece that the author may have downplayed, or to incorporate words or phrases that will resonate with your audience.

Here is another tip: 
Pickiness is encouraged
Most marketers will tell you that producing too much content is almost never an issue. Aided by software, curation offers the temptation of posting as much content as you can get your hands on. But experts say it’s better to be picky — your audience can only digest so much content.

A colleague encouraged me recently to stop quoting "experts" and to start writing and speaking from my classroom experience. Hmmmm.  I don't think so.  Why add to the noise?  Instead, let's point to valuable voices like Nina (her blog Notes From Nina is filled with tips and useful links for adding to the classroom experience).

I look forward to reading more from
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