One of the biggest roadblocks for educators in terms of collecting topical information is where to house all the articles and websites that are found. Internet browsers have bookmarking capabilities, but these only show us the names of the sites and little else about what we bookmarked or why we liked it in the first place. Thankfully, web-based content curation sites have come online, which allow users to search for content, bookmark, and add personalized summaries of information.
I chose to use Scoop.it for my content curation. It has an easy to navigate layout and flows in a format that I am familiar with as it is similar to social media sites. Instead of only showing a link for a site I have “scooped,” content is laid out much like you would see on a news website; using a picture, a link, and a short blurb (lead) about the link. Additionally, it allows for both internal and external site searches as well as suggests posts that may be of interest based off of tag words I’ve added to my topic page. Another reason I chose Scoop.it was because of the quality of content I was offered. Articles that were offered to me came from sources such as Edutopia, Educator’s Technology, MIT, and other highly reputable sources. I also found it useful that Scoop.it has short (one to two minute) video tutorials on how to maximize the use of the site.
My final project for EDIM 516 will be about coding and the benefits and drawbacks of teaching coding in schools. Coding is a hot topic that has recently drawn attention when Google launched it’s Made with Code program, which focuses on teaching coding to girls. I’ve had conversations with teachers at my school recently about how we can start a coding club at our school. (Our biggest barrier is we can’t teach the club because none of us know how to code!) The state of Oregon just launched the Code Oregon program, where they offer free coding classes and help with job placement after completion of the program. My coding Scoop.it page is off to a good start. I’ve been able to find some great sites explaining the benefits of teaching coding in classrooms as well as resources to start implementing it. I have yet to find teachers’ private blogs that show actual implementation in a real classroom. High leverage, reputable sources are excellent, but it’s important for us educators to see things in successful practice, not just in theory. Additionally, I am looking to find any sites that could show me why we shouldn’t teach coding in school. I’m looking forward to researching this topic in depth.
What content curation sites do you use? Do you have a favorite? Do you have any great information on the benefits or drawbacks of teaching coding in schools? I’d love to hear from you!