Digital Curation Tools

I’m not an active user of Pinterest myself, but I recently noticed a source that claimed that Pinterest is #36 in educational tools in the UK. In this review, I will explore Pinterest and other digital curation tools that have found their place in the educational domain.

What is a Digital Curation Tool?

According to the document “Engaging Higher Education Students via Digital Curation” by Amy Antonio, Neil Martin, and Adrian Stagg from the University of Southern Queensland, digital curation can be explained by the definition of curation: an active process in which content is selected and saved for future use. Digital curation can utilize social media to spread collected content and enable other users to suggest additional content or provide comments/critical evaluation to the collected content. Digital curation is an active process because of the use of social media.

Emotional Appeal

Antonio, Martin, and Stagg also point out a study similar to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for online users: a hierarchy of web user needs. The needs follow as functional (user can complete the task required), reliable (consistently available), usable (ease of use), and pleasurable (brings emotional responses)(Walter, 2012). Providing a pleasurable experience in education is important to the potential of educational tools such as this to engage learners (Antonio, Martin & Stagg, 2012).

Now that I have established what Digital Curation Tools are and how they are generally effective, I would like to provide a source for further exploration of various Digital Curation tools from Antonio, Martin, and Stagg’s research.


Quick Video Introduction to Storify by The Stream

  • Digital Curation + Blogs and Microblogs

(Antonio, Martin & Stagg, 2012)

  • Journalism Students could use Storify to depict a current story as a series of images and social media posts to engage a wider, authentic readership.(Harsch, B, 2011)(Markey, L, 2011)
  • Political Science Students could map an election, and responses to policy in this format. (Antonio, Martin & Stagg, 2012)


Pearl Trees Explanation Video by Pearl
Digital Curation + Social Bookmarking (Antonio, Martin & Stagg, 2012)

  • Philosophy Studentscould evaluate and visually organise disparate web resources for assessment tasks.(Team Plenk, 2010)
  • Tutors
    could curate and build a visual representation of resources in their subject area. (Antonio, Martin & Stagg, 2012)


An introduction to Pinterest in Education by Pearson Schools
Digital Curation + Video & Image Sharing (Antonio, Martin & Stagg, 2012)

  • Visual Arts Students could create a portfolio showcasing their work whilst gathering inspiration from others. (Yale University, 2012)
  • Marketing Students
    could explore brand image and social media marketing strategies.(Duke University, 2012)


A video explanation for Scoop.it by Scoop.it.
Digital Curation (Antonio, Martin & Stagg, 2012)

  • Literature Students could filter and synthesise web content, creating an annotated bibliography. (Dixon, S, 2012)
  • Knowledge Management Students could create a group repository of knowledge (Antonio, Martin & Stagg, 2012)


Antonio, A., Martin, N., & Stagg, A. (2012). Engaging higher education students via digital
curation. Retrieved from http://www.ascilite2012.org/images/custom/antonio,_amy_-_engaging_higher_education.pdf

Dixon, S. (2012). History and Social Studies Education. Retrieved 5 June, 2012, from

Duke University. (2012). Sustainability and Green Things. Retrieved 5 June, 2012, from

Harsch, B. (2011). #kuh20. Retrieved 5 June, 2012, from http://storify.com/beccaharsch/kuh20-metropolish20

Markey, L. (2011). KU JOUR534: Inclusion and Diversity in Storytelling. Retrieved 5 June, 2012, from

Team Plenk. (2010). Socrates and Socratic Questioning. Retrieved 5 June, 2012, from

Walter, A. (2011). Designing for Emotion, Happy Cog.

Yale University. (2012). The Treasures of Yale. Retrieved 5 June, 2012, from