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Wednesday, March 30 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Paper Presentation 1/4: 034 Digital Curation: An Alternative Assessment To Educate High School Students In Responsible Internet Usage LIMITED

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The internet is a digital jungle that teenage students must learn to navigate in order to harvest its fruit.  Digital curation is one tool in which we harness to educate students on the responsible use of internet to learn, be self-directed and collaborate. It is a special form of blogging in which students receive an input stream of data generated in accordance with a predefined set of keywords and then carry out their own filtering by selecting the data which in the student's opinion are suitable to be included in his/her collection (Rivki et al., 2012). Different curated streams may also interact, thus forming meaningful networks.

In this study, we employed digital curation as both a form of alternative assessment and learning activity.   Students were divided into groups of 3-4 and given a paper directing their projects. They were given two topics in their Mathematics syllabus to curate. Pearltrees (http://www.pearltrees.com) was used as the curation tool by students.   Students selected digital resources from the web and collate them into a group known as a collection.  By sharing this collection, students collaborated by adding or deleting items from this collection by dragging and dropping them.  A list of rubrics was given to guide students on what they should include in their collection. This platform also provides a means for teachers to monitor students’ progress as the links for their collections (which were works in progress) were shared with teachers.  

Students discovered through this project that there is a vast amount of information related to their topics.  Students also realised that it was easy to copy and paste from the web into their collections. However, to do well in the project, they had to scrutinise each resource to decide which best fulfilled the objectives of the project and arrange their chosen resources in a coherent manner that was easy to understand.  In the final part of the project, students were asked to justify why they chose a digital resource over another to include in their collection.

The end result was that students learned to collaborate in a digital environment and became responsible internet users, constructing his/her knowledge through discussions and exercising intellectual care in the choice of resources. 

The presenters would take participants through the design, implementation and challenges faced in this case study.



National Junior College



Wednesday March 30, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm GMT+08
MR 329