Teachers have flocked to Google Classroom for managing the workflow of class assignments, calendar, notifications, announcements, quizzes, and more. Achieving personalized learning with these activities mandates a managed repository of robust digital resources utilizing a seamless integration with Google Classroom.
In our digitally connected world, most of us have become curators of content as we utilize the technology tools in our pockets to interact with each other. We practice curation for both personal and professional reasons by saving our favorite links, images, videos, and other resources, which we have either found ourselves or have been shared with us. In turn, we usually share this curated content with each other through social media, email, text messages, etc. We can then carefully curate the information that we assemble and organize on social media, as it collectively becomes our representation of our digital selves. Even this blog is another example of curation, as I often include the links to other sources that I find valuable, and arrange my thoughts, ideas, and illustrations into a cohesive whole.
During the practice of the art and science of teaching, teachers are constantly engaged in designing resources to improve the learning experiences and achievement of their students. Depending on the culture of the school, teachers often share these lesson plans, ideas, and activities with the teachers next door or across the hall of the school building. This collaboration helps everyone focus on individual strengths, and students and teachers benefit from this shared expertise.
Imagine being surrounded by a group of Media Specialists all asking the same question, “How do we allow teachers to upload content easily while also being able to ensure that the content being uploaded is not violating copyright and licensing laws?” This is exactly what happened at the close of a successful demonstration of the SAFARI Montage system that left the participants excited about the possibilities.
ISTE 2015 is in Philadelphia this year but Florida is featured in our booth. Diana Ryan, Innovative Learning Specialist at Lake County Public Schools in Florida, is has been sharing the story of how Lake County is using SAFARI Montage to support instruction and the development of a digital curriculum.
I agree that easy is good, but easy isn’t always best. I write this because many K12 school districts are starting their journey into digital curriculum design. As they embark on this exciting journey many questions arise – especially on where to get good content. YouTube is a powerful resource for content, and most of all, it’s easy. I use YouTube often and when searching the site for quality open educational resources, I still have to be careful when using something for instruction.