Being a Digital Curator

Digital curation is the utilisation of online curating tools to get through the masses of online content to the quality material. Digital curation tools allow anyone with a specific interest to collect information without having to ‘wade’ through irrelevant search results to find it (Flintoff, Mellow & Clark, 2014, p.1).

Digital curation tools also allow individuals to edit and re develop the search results then add this to their own collection (Flintoff, Mellow & Clark, 2014, p.1).

There is an extensive range of digital curation tools available. Some curation tools are accessible for a fee however many are freely available online (Flintoff, Mellow & Clark, 2014, p. 2). This makes digital curation tools virtually accessible to anyone with internet access.

There is so many different digital curation tools on offer, what are they?

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Figure 1: The World of Content Curation image Retrieved from:
 http://www.curata.com/blog/content-curation-tools-the-ultimate-list/

There are digital curation tools available to suit individual and organisational needs, Curata 2018 developed ‘The Ultimate List’ of content curation tools to assist in the search and selection of the most suitable tool (Curata Blog, 2018).

Digital curation can positively impact learning and teaching. Many of the curation tools available can be utilised by educators, teachers and students to assist in teaching and learning (Flintoff, Mello & Clark, 2014, pp. 2-7).

Digital curation can assist teachers and educators in ways such as;

  1. Assist research
  2. Can be used to create and share target specific learning resources.
  3. Can be used as a professional development tool.
  4. Can facilitate learning in many areas.
  5. Is not limited, can be used from early childhood education to higher education.(Flintoff, Mellow & Clark, 2014, pp. 1-7).

An example of a collaborative digital curation tool can be found by clicking on the link below. This Pinterest board was created by a team of educators with the goal of searching, adding and sharing Reggio Emilia inspired learning environments, activities and experiences for early childhood.

https://www.pinterest.com.au/cassandradee77/reggio-emilia-inspired/

Another example of curation for education and learning can be found by clicking on the link below. This link will take you to a Pinterest board dedicated to teaching and learning about the weather.

https://www.pinterest.com.au/kyliestewart89/learning-about-the-weather/

Digital curation can be used to facilitate learning in educational settings. Digital curation can potentially achieve learning standards and outcomes such as;

Digital curation can be used to facilitate learning in educational settings. Digital curation can potentially achieve learning standards and outcomes such as;

  1. Collaborative group learning skills
  2. Writing skills
  3. Social and communication skills
  4. Critical thinking skills
  5. Digital citizenship
  6. Personal responsibility

(Johnson, 2018)

 

Reference List

Flintoff, K., Mellow, P., & Clark, K.P. (2014). Digital curation: opportunities for learning, teaching, research and professional development. Teaching and Learning Forum. Retrieved from: http://clt.curtin.edu.au/events/conference/tlf/tlf2014refereed/Flintoff.html

Curata Blog. (2018). Content curation: The ultimate list [Blog Post]. Retrieved from: http://www.curata.com/blog/content-curation-tools-the-ultimate-list/

Johnson, L. (2018). Why scoopit is becoming an indispensable learning tool. TeachThought. Retrieved from: http://www.teachthought.com/the-future-of-learning/why-scoopit-is-becoming-an-indispensable-learning-tool/

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