WHAT IS CONTENT CURATION?
Finding the information we need on the web becomes increasingly difficult: online contents are growing exponentially, and consequently it becomes necessary to give them a meaning and verify its reliability and truthful.
Content Curation is an activity through which we are able to collect the information we need, select and filter it, and make it retrievable and shareable with a system of labels, or “tags”.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Content Curation is only apparently a trivial process: it brings into play the capacity for research, classification, reflection and critical thinking.
When we learn to curate content, we learn a set of digital and critical analysis skills that are part of Information Literacy, which is deemed indispensable for 21st century workers.
These skill sets are described in various international directories, including DigComp, a digital skills framework developed by the European Commission; the Digital and Information Literacy Framework by the Open University; the Mozilla Web Literacy framework for the 21st Century Skills.
WHAT DOES THE CURRY PROJECT INTEND TO ACHIEVE?
The project CURRY aims to provide teachers with tools, procedures, and methodological guidelines to carry out Content Curation activities at school, supporting them in the development of innovative approaches to make students acquire Information Literacy.
For this purpose, the project develops a repertoire of contents, practices, models and guidelines for carrying out Content Curation activities and makes it available to all teachers who want to use it with their students.
ARE THERE REAL ADVANTAGES OF DOING CONTENT CURATION AT SCHOOL?
Doing Content Curation at school has many advantages: students of all ages, starting from primary school, can try their hand at simple or complex activities, starting from a simple web search up to reworking, publishing and sharing content . These activities allow the development of digital skills, which are increasingly important, especially in the emergency situation due to the pandemic we are experiencing in this period.