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Can curatorial thinking help to make sense of information, more effectively create a meaningful story, and build a stronger sense of social responsibility and awareness?  

Faced with a deluge of information in their daily life, it is essential that students become masters of their own knowledge building both inside and outside the classroom. Curatorial thinking empowers students not only to demonstrate their learning, but to discover new connections allowing them to contribute to our understanding of the past and to positively influence the future. 

Learn more about our development of new tools and resources for digital and physical classrooms that support students in the development of the skills and tools they need to think curatorially. 

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Read Curatorial Thinking about health histories: An Educational Framework, written by Dr. Madeleine Mant (UTM). Dr. Mant is the Chair of our Academic Advisory Board, a group of scholars brought together to  develop additional resources for educators which explore two key concepts at the intersection of public health and public education: syndemics and curatorial thinking. Both are vital in today’s context: students are living in the midst of a global pandemic and faced with ever-increased sources of (mis)information.  

Lesson Plan: An Introduction to Curatorial Thinking
This lesson is built around a belief that schools have a moral imperative to help students become masters of their own knowledge building by giving them the tools to think curatorially so that they a) do not get lost in the morass of information; b) can contribute to our understanding of the past; c) can contribute to positively influencing the future; 
In this lesson, students are introduced to the concepts of curation and curatorial thinking. Students uncover how thoughtful curation deepens the thinking involved when learning through the study of artifacts. 
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Read about The Fatal Five to see curatorial thinking by students in action.