Background info: I chose this topic as I currently teach English as a Second Language to students of various levels: beginners, intermediate, and upper-intermediate. I also teach an IELTS prep course (a required English proficiency test for international students applying to universities and colleges in English speaking countries.)
I have always wanted/been hoping to start curating this topic (even though I did not know it was called “curation” back then) in order locate, select, save, group, and share the best resources out there. I am excited that this assignment has finally got me started working in those directions!
Here is my checklist list that I developed with my PLN.
1. Purpose - my purpose is to create a high quality selection of ESL materials.
2. Structure - resources, readings, video, games, etc. that can be used with my learners as well as shared with fellow teachers (or self-learners.)
3. Plan For Sharing - I have already shared these resources via Scoop.It, FB, and Twitter.
4. Choose Your Topic - I have been thinking about starting a similar project for quite a while now (as I am trying to replace many of those outdated textbooks with authentic digital materials.) This particular project no doubt is linked to my goal (Hyde, 2012.)
5. Relevant - I am in the process of selecting relevant info and content which I will also be able to share with my PLN.
6. Delve Deeper - I do not simply collect or read through endless links; instead, I have carefully read,identified, and saved the materials I find highly useful and valuable.
7. Do Not (just)Classify; Collect! I avoid simply collecting links or topics (such as simple presents tense or be-verb), instead, I have collected a variety of resources that will expand students’ understanding and ownership of language. The variety of thematic topics will broaden students’ views and perspectives and allow for critical thinking.
8. Think Digital - absolutely! Along with the “text-based” media, my collection includes a variety of videos and images.
9. Evaluate the Tolls - I find Scoop.It a wonderful platform that allows to 1) select, 2) collect, and 3) effectively share my curated resources.
10. Create Content - I am striving to develop a critical approach in order to create “consistent and contextual” content (Scime, 2009.) I may be just starting the journey, but I feel I am starting it right!
11. Quality Over Quantity - I did my best to ensure that my collection focuses on the value rather than on quantity.
12. Share Your Content - Yes!
13. Use Multiple Sources - Yes!
14. Personalize - my job is to add value to my collection (i.e., include data analysis, provide historic overview, or compare new content to older articles). (Rayson, 2014.) In progress!
15. Credit Sources - Yes!
16. Track Engagement - Yes! Again, this is just the beginning of a long journey; however, I can already see that my students respond positively to the materials I have shared so far.
I know that neither my criteria list for curation nor my first collection is perfect; yet, I feel that with this assignment, I have made my first step in the right directions! From now on, I will have a more mindful, careful, critical, and comprehensive approach that will result in a priceless collection of resources that my students will benefit from.