Look through the various tools that enable you to collect, store and manage data in various formats—PDFs, website addresses, documents, videos, etc. Decide on which content compilation (curation) tool(s) you will use through this course that you think you will be most comfortable with. Download it and become familiar with it. That is, run a trial example through it to make sure you understand what to do LONG BEFORE due dates for assignments. Submit this in Moodle to your teacher with a short sentence that says something like:
“I have chosen to use <insert name of tool> because <state your reasoning>. I spent approximately <insert number of minutes or hours> researching to find the best tool and another <insert number of minutes or hours> becoming familiar with it.”
If you already have a favorite curation tool, then you will still want to research other new tools to see what is available. Perhaps you will find something that will give you more leverage for your future.
Before You Jump In:
Compiling Your Data
Zotero allows you to store, manage and cite your research—everything from books to web pages. It’s an extension for the Firefox web-browser and runs in its own pane within Firefox, separately from the web pages. It allows you to quickly search all your files for the topic you’re looking for and, here’s the best part, it automatically creates your footnotes and bibliography for you, in the correct format (we’ll look at formatting later on).
Important Update: Some students want to keep it simple and that's perfectly fine. Perhaps Google Docs, or Microsoft Word is all you need.
As you begin this course, you will see that there are a lot of resources to look through. You will need to remember where these are for the capstone project of this course, but also for your future use as an entrepreneur. This means that you should have a method of compiling and storing your data. There are dozens of tools available to compile your data—one look at the article, “5 Tools to Curate Content like a Pro" will show you the many options.
But there is one tool I recommend for students, both as you initially search as well as for your long-term educational and entrepreneurial use: Zotero, found at www.zotero.org.
Grading: Can you follow directions? Grading for this assignment is a PASS/FAIL. A PASS and full marks are given if the task is done exactly as stated. A FAIL earns a grade of 0.