WHAT IS CURATION?
When a museum director curates, she collects artifacts, organises them into groups, sifts out everything but the most interesting or highest-quality items, and shares those collections with the world. When an editor curates poems for an anthology, he does the same thing.
In an educational setting, curation has a ton of potential as an academic task. Curation projects have the potential to put our students to work at three different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy:
- Understand, where we exemplify and classify information
- Analyze, where we distinguish relevant from irrelevant information and organise it in a way that makes sense
- Evaluate, where we judge the quality of an item based on a set of criteria
Grade 5 / 6 Students did a curation project on the first week of school. Instead of a traditional ‘All About Me’ worksheet, we looked at curation as a way to let others know more about us. We thought about the best way to present ourselves to our classmates and curated a mini exhibition about ourselves, complete with 2D and 3D artifacts!