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Curating the Classroom

Written By: Paula Neidlinger

Neidlinger LA Ezine

 

Twenty-first century students need to be able to:

*  Develop proficiency with the tools of technology
*  Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and cross-culturally
*  Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes
*  Manage, analyze and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous information
*  Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multi-media texts
*  Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments

1.  How does Paper.li work?

Most importantly- Paper.li is easy to use and it’s FREE!

*Platform- The Paper.li platform gives you access to articles, blog posts, and media content from over 25 million articles.

*Sources- Quickly and easily add any combination of content sources to create your news site through Twitter and news feeds.  You control the sites that appear in your paper.

*Customize- You decide the frequency and the topic sections that will be in your daily or weekly paper.

2.  How does Paper.li meet the literacy standards?

The main purpose of Paper.li is to gather and organize information from Twitter updates and other news feeds. Specifically, it focuses on updates that include links to Web pages, videos, and other embedded media.  You determine the Twitter feeds and source material.

*Students are developing proficiency with 2.0 tools of technology by collaboratively sharing, synthesizing, and creating information and multi-media texts globally through multiple streams of information, while attending to ethical responsibilities of digital citizenship.

A.  How can Paper.li be utilized as a curation tool in the classroom?

Curation of class research results– Students recently constructed websites as a positive resource for teens experiencing the negative affects of bullying, stereotyping and peer-pressure.  Once students constructed their sites, they tweeted out the details of their project, through their accounts and project accounts.  Paper.li grabbed the Twitter feeds and did the rest.  Additionally, I added web content based on student research within their sites.  The end result was an entire edition devoted to our essential question.   (See the archived edition for the week of November 5)

Curation of non-fiction current events- Students research an article online that connects to the readings from the class text, novel, or short story.  Next, students share links to their articles on Twitter with a reflection.  Paper.li does the rest by grabbing the Twitter feeds.

*  Curation of student writing-  Students can post any artifact or writing composition online and share the link on Twitter.  Most of my students have their own Twitter accounts, and we have a class Twitter account.  Once they have linked their writing and added a reflection, they Tweet it out to our blogging sources.  Once again, Paper.li gathers all of the links and feeds into my class magazine for the week.  Images, recordings, and/or videos can all be linked through the feed as well.

These are just a few suggestions on utilizing this curation tool in the classroom. 

3.  What I learned…………

*  Paper.li enables the magazine to be embedded or linked to other websites or sources.

*  Paper.li is an engaging tool, as students’ work is published through an on-line source focused on a single topic.

*  Paper.li is FREE- there is a Pro Upgrade option.

*  Paper.li is simple.

*  Paper.li enables students to meet all of the 21st century digital literacy objectives.  Students are developing proficiency with 2.0 t0ols of technology by collaboratively sharing, synthesizing, and creating information and multi-media texts globally through multiple streams of information, while attending to ethical responsibilities of digital citizenship.

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Question:  How have you utilized Paper.li in your classroom as a curation tool?

 

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