Last month, eLearn Mag published a list of staff and contributor’s predictions for mobile learning in 2011. Lisa Gualtieri, eLearn Magazine’s editor-in-chief wrote. “The massive amount of information online needs better curation so that more people benefit from it.”
When it comes to learning, gaining relevant, articulated information is key at a time when social media has created vast opportunities to access information outside the traditional learning methods, and as George Siemens wrote:
While “curator” carries the stigma of dusty museums, the metaphor is appropriate for teaching and learning. The curator, in a learning context, arranges key elements of a subject in such a manner that learners will “bump into” them throughout the course. … As learners grow their own networks of understanding, frequent encounters with conceptual artifacts shared by the teacher will begin to resonate. (Connectivism, “Teaching in Social and Technological Networks”)
The role of curator has become intrinsically linked with that of teacher and to provide the most current information, a teacher, for mobile students or not, needs to be able to separate the milk from the cream and be able to share that with their students.
Lucky for us, Mashable contributor, Steve Rosenbaum noted: ” …there has been an explosion of new software offerings that are the early leaders in the curation tools category. Each of their unique differences will make them popular with different classes of users.” In 4 Promising Curation Tools That Help Make Sense of the Web, he introduced readers to four best-of technologies for organizing, storing and sharing information from multiple social media outlets.