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Great Apps and Websites for Curation

Curation isn't just for museums and galleries. From Pinterest boards to photo galleries to WordPress blogs, curating is an increasingly important way in which we make sense of the world. It's also a valuable tool for learning, encouraging students to exercise higher-order thinking and make meaning. For teachers, curation can be a powerful tool to organize and share resources with students and colleagues, or to fuel a professional learning practice. This list of the best curation apps and websites brings together tools that allow students and teachers to sift through and organize everything from social feeds to course materials. Use these tools to manage your work or classroom, demonstrate learning, or communicate with others.

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Artsonia Kids Art Museum

Online art museum empowers students to exhibit, explain their work

Bottom line: A well-loved digital art museum that allows students to share work and reflect on their artistic process while helping teachers assess student understanding of artistic concepts.


Organize favorite educational links into handy grid

Bottom line: It's a simple, visually clean, and very helpful way to organize online information for you or your students.


Multifaceted interactive whiteboard promotes collaboration

Bottom line: MURAL facilitates lesson presentation and group project collaboration from anywhere by making idea sharing a simple, visual process.


Filter expert-curated sites by grade and subject with safe search tool

Bottom line: An easy-to-use tool for safe online searching.

Smithsonian Learning Lab

Discover, create, remix, and share first-rate museum artifacts

Bottom line: This thoughtfully crafted, open-ended curation and creation tool has a place in most classrooms.


Sticky-note tool helps organize; compatible with multimedia

Bottom line: This standard sticky-note platform does what it promises, giving users a place to organize and share.


Popular sharing site potentially useful as a classroom photo resource

Bottom line: Make use of some incredible photographs in your classroom, but don't let students wander astray on the site.

Skitch - Snap. Mark Up. Send.

Add a hint of fun to note-taking or annotating images

Bottom line: It's easy to annotate images and screenshots, take handwritten notes, and organize it all with Evernote.

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Build timelines, embed media with cool storytelling tool

Bottom line: With a super-simple design and tons of flexible features, this is an appealing and intuitive way for teachers and students to organize and share class content.


Create eye-catching multimedia timelines for any purpose

Bottom line: Multimedia timelines connect events visually, creating pathways for deeper analysis of any chronological story.


Versatile multimedia boards for organizing and sharing

Bottom line: Teachers will find it super simple for personal, professional, and classroom use.


Slick portfolio tool has cool features, limited feedback options

Bottom line: A neat tool for publishing online, possibly better suited to teacher content creation than student publishing.


Social bookmarking encourages discovery, collaboration, and sharing

Bottom line: With a Diigo educator account, teachers and students have a safe space to organize, customize, and share Web content while learning about a variety of subjects.


Handy cloud storage and document sharing

Bottom line: Dropbox can make work and life in the digital world more efficient, but it may not be the best cloud-based solution for kids.


Tell stories, organize or remix content via digital curation platform

Bottom line: This tool offers an intuitive and useful way to curate media and make sense of topics, but it lacks some features for feedback and content moderation.

Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine

The world at your fingertips, including some iffy content

Bottom line: If used wisely, it's a high-quality personalized news magazine that can carry a lot of value.

Google Sites

Make your own website with easy, intuitive drag-and-drop features

Bottom line: With a few clicks, students can design a basic but custom, responsive website that allows for easy collaboration with their peers.

Curate the Web into a customizable, ever-changing newspaper

Bottom line: While could be easier to use, it can help kids learn research skills and ways to navigate Web content.


Visually appealing, endlessly creative gallery of images and ideas

Bottom line: An effective way to search for new ideas and save them for later use, but keep an eye on the source -- and on your watch.

Compile content, create front page news with handy Web curation tool

Bottom line: Classrooms can work together to research and publish info; safe as long as teachers keep an eye on content.

Solid blogging tool and content management system offers DIY blogs

Bottom line: This is a great tool to get kids blogging and creating online content.

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