Share your own uses of curation tools or other great examples here: --Ideas for Using Curation Tools



What is curation?

Curation means to select, collect, preserve, maintain, organize and archive. One dictionary defines
a "curator" as someone in charge of a museum or library! So in that sense, librarians have always been curators.

Today much of the information our students need and use is digital: websites, blogs, wikis, tweets, videos,
podcasts, images, ebooks, databases, slideshows, graphics, reports, articles, illustrations, clipart and more
is found online and/or in digital form and accessed through our computers, on our smartphones or other mobile devices..

Our role as teacher librarians has expanded to helping students and teachers access, evaluate, use and
carefully-curated-is-redundant-and-implies-there-is-such-a.jpeggenerate information and resources far beyond the walls of the school library media center. so it follows that we would want to find ways to curate information in digital form and help teachers and students learn to do the same. Fortunately, there are many new digital tools to help us--and our teachers and students--to do just that!

AASL Standards (2017) Shared Foundations - Curation

"As teachers, we should be guides and curators." --Michelle Boule

"Beware curation that doesn't add focus, value and insight. That's just noise."
--Robin Good

"Ideas are the most valuable thing... Curation is that means to the end."
--Peter Hopkins

"...a learner that pulls in information from many different sources and media at once, reflects on the information, and then creates new content based on that information that is then shared with other learners in an interactive way that often allows those learners to also learn and create.

"This is the way that true multitasking in learning works. It means using everything at your disposal to create something new in the discipline. This is what students do now and this is what our traditional classrooms are hampering."

(from Curating a New Learning Experience)

idea.jpgHow are curation tools used?

Library media specialists are using curation tools to:

  • Select and disseminate resources by class, subject area or topic
  • Provide quality resources students need for creating a particular project
  • Teach about curating to students and teachers
  • Help students manage resources for projects and papers
  • Help teachers organize resources for units, projects and topics
  • Provide access to curated resources from home, school, classrooms, or anywhere
  • Link from library media center webpage to resources for different disciplines, classes, teachers, projects, etc.
  • Embed curated collections on school library media center webpages to keep it current
  • Provide quick access to frequently used webtools and sites
  • Share great sites and articles with other library media specialists
  • Collect quality professional resources for teacher-librarians
  • Create pathfinders
  • Collect and share lesson plan ideas
  • Collect and share new curriculum related resources when the curriculum is changing
  • Provide resources to help teachers with specific research projects
  • Collect and disseminate the best webtools for different tasks or learners
  • Make lists of recommended resources more visual, appealing and useful.
  • Check out resources recommended by others with similar interests
  • Contact others who have similar interests to collaborate on ideas, projects, papers, publications, presentations
  • Annotate resources for students and teachers
  • Provide resources for a flipped classroom
  • Introduce new acquisitions
  • Provide tutorials
  • Provide examples of quality projects
  • Provide summer reading lists
  • Provide gift ideas for students (or the library) for parents and others in the school community
  • Provide links to frequently used templates, clipart, copyright free images and sounds, etc.
  • Teach students to curate for their own learning and projects
  • Provide access to archived newsletters and reports
  • Save quotes and articles to use later
  • Highlight special resources and titles
  • Collaborate with teachers and other teacher-librarians to build quality collections
  • Collect bulletin board and display ideas
  • Display student work online
  • Collect and display resources on hot topics for students and/or teacher to reference each day or week
  • Make links easy to scan
  • Collect other curated collections
  • Create recommended book boards/collections
  • Introduce staff with photos, credentials, interests and bios
  • Collect resources about a special event, author visit, workshop, etc.
  • Showcase educational videos and webcasts
  • Create ebook collections along with information about devices and how to use them
  • Collect program and craft ideas
  • Collect ideas for a new, remodeled or dream library facility
  • Collect posters and quotations
  • Showcase apps, podcasts, book trailers or favorite webtools
  • Display reading strategies, state standards and correlated titles of literature supporting math or social studies topics.

An Overview of Curation Tools

with Lisa Johnson (TechChef4U) and Carolyn Foote (@technolibrarian)

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Note: Rubistar is an excellent web-based source of rubrics for any project or topic.

Search by the specific type of rubric you want, or make your own!

Another good source of ready-made rubrics is iRubric. If you can't find what you want, you can create your own or modify an existing one. iRubrics can be embedded in webpages or wikis, too.

You might also want to explore Project Based Learning Checklists from To make a project checklist for your students, choose the grade level for the type of project you want your students to do. You can choose from writing, presentation, multimedia or science projects. Then choose from a list of project guidelines and add your own if you'd like,