Netflix. Pandora Channels. YouTube Playlists. Facebook Groups. Twitter Collections. What do these collections have in common?
Each is an example of digital curation. As a museum curator gathers artifacts for an exhibit, organizes the information to share, and creates an aesthetically appealing display, the success criteria for curation resides in the quality of the display based on his/her understanding, analysis, and synthesis of the content to be shared.
As an academic task, curation naturally evolves as part of daily learning in classrooms of all ages. For students, it may take the form of a website, an anthology, a history report, a literary review, an author study, an interactive notebook, etc. Curation tasks involve students (1) completing research, (2) gathering and analyzing the information, (3) organizing and developing big ideas and themes, and (4) creating a product or design to share their learning.