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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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eduClipper

Clip and share online educational content with students

Bottom line: It's an easy, refreshing way for teachers to share content with other teachers (and students).

Artsonia Kids Art Museum

Online art museum empowers students to exhibit, explain their work

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

Popplet

Cool mind-mapping tool good for organization, collaboration

Bottom line: Popplet is versatile and accessible and gives students an engaging tool for organizing ideas.

SymbalooEDU

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.

MURAL

Multifaceted message boards help kids collaborate

Bottom line: MURAL can encourage individual team members to contribute to a project by making idea sharing and presentation a simple, visual process.

Choosito

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

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

Museum Box

Curate a bit of history in a box with this unique creation site

Bottom line: The perfect place to show off a collection or put together a history project using multimedia.

Smithsonian Learning Lab

Discover, create, remix, and share Smithsonian resources

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

Flickr

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.

Padlet

Customizable bulletin boards jazz up collaboration and ease discussion

Bottom line: Padlet gives students their own little corner of the internet to collect and save information in a simple, fun manner.

Skitch

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.

Sutori

A slick way to share knowledge via interactive timelines and stories

Bottom line: With a super simple design, interactive features, and an imaginative personal approach, it's an easy and flexible tool for all kinds of classrooms.

Bulb

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.

Diigo

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.

Wikispaces

Powerful tool for creating collaborative websites

Bottom line: Wikispaces.com is a rare, collaborative Web tool that's both powerful and accessible.

Dropbox

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.

Tiki-Toki

Create eye-catching multimedia timelines for any purpose

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

Lino

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.

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 customizable templates

Bottom line: With a few clicks, kids can design and populate a unique website, but customization requires multiple layers of directions.

Paper.li

Curate the Web into a customizable, ever-changing newspaper

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

Pinterest

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.

Scoop.it

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.

WordPress.com

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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