Curation Criteria Checklist

1

Is this information directly related to the topic?

All of the resources relate to Blogging in the Classroom.

2

Is this the most current information?

All of the resources are from 2010 or more recent.  There were a couple of sites started in 2008, but have been updated recently.  

3

Is the information absolutely relevant and not just “nice to know?”

All of this information contains different perspectives and viewpoints on blogging in the classroom that can help a teacher new to the topic.

4

What will learners gain from this information?

The learners will gain a variety of information.  They will learn how to start blogging in the classroom, what types of activities to use blogs for, and hot to assess blogs.

5

Does this information support the learner’s professional goals?

Yes, this information aligns with the professional goal of learning about blogging in the classroom.

6

What objectives are related to the curated material?

The objective is to provide teachers with information on blogging in the classroom.  This information should help teachers learn about blogs, how to use them with students, as well as, help the teachers envision using blogs in their own classroom.

7

Does the information give proper attribution to the original source?

All of the sources link directly to the original website, blog, or article.  

8

Are the sources authentic and reliable?

These sources come from a variety of educational blogs, educational organizations, and informational blogging sites.  

9

Is this information unique or provide new insight?

Each of the articles share different aspects of blogging in the classroom.  

10

Is this information diverse (and valid), thereby  adding additional viewpoints?

The information is very diverse. They share how-to’s for getting started, different lessons to use, and examples of blogs.

11

Does the information go beyond selling a product?

The resources provided share possible tools to conduct classroom blogging, but they do not push one product over another or ask for money.

12

Do the curated materials connect to a central theme or topic?

They all connect to blogging in the classroom.  

13

Does the organization of the curated material follow a logical flow of ideas and new learning?

The resources flow from how-to’s, to uses in the classroom, to example lessons and blogs.  This flow helps the learner move through the resources.

14

Are the curated resources shared for all to view?

The resources are shared using PearlTree, which is a content curation site.  My Blog About it! site is public.  I also shared my resources on my ed tech blog and twitter.  

15

Is the information annotated to help learners sort through?

All of the websites have an annotation and are within categories to help the learner sort through.

16

Is the information arranged in a way that viewers will not be overwhelmed or overloaded?

The information is broken down into subcategories to help the learner go through at their own pace while they are learning.  

17

Who comprises your main audience?

My main audience is educators looking to use blogs in their classroom.  

18

Is your information tailored for the specific, targeted group?

The group can be educators in a k-12 setting, but possibly a higher education setting as well.