What Is Curation?

There is power in curation. It is all around and a vital part of education.

Think of a librarian. They are the kings and queens of curation. A vast tomb of wisdom of where to find X, what to read about Y. Teachers too are curators by default. Some more, some less – they collect, they hoard and over the years gain wisdom of what is “best” for their own teaching.

ELT Buzz is an idea that was born through my own persistent, decades-long curation, collecting, curiosity, culling, criticizing. I’m constantly investigating what’s “out there” and what works, what is, what exISts. I’m a file drawer that ELT Buzz will allow others to open and discover.

Why curate?

The internet is a wonderful place. But we’ve reached a point where knowledge is partial, scattered, ephemeral. Things flit and flame then are gone as we flirt through the online world. This shattered landscape NEEDS a place beyond Google search to rest, to allow the quality to surface. English language teaching doubly so. It’s a very dispersed profession, scattered across the globe and into a million fields and interests. That’s where curation can help and where ELT Buzz steps in.

Social curation will help us all. The hope is we can share, rate, comment on what’s out there, what’s new. Together as a community arrive at a consensus of what works, “the good”.

Come join us. Hit the “Submit” button and let us know what you find interesting in ELT.

Read my own prior post about curation – I’m A Curator: The Electronic Museum.

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