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.

Storify

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)

Pearltrees

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)

Pinterest

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)

Scoop.it

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)

Bibliography

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

http://www.scoop.it/t/history-and-social-studies-education?page=1

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

http://pinterest.com/dukeuniversity/sustainability-and-green-things/

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

http://storify.com/lmarkey/diversity-in-media-inclusion-and-diversity-in-stor

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

http://www.pearltrees.com/#/N-f=1_1703149&N-fa=1481797&N-p=12025030&N-play=0&Ns=1_1703149&N-u=1_138211

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

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

http://pinterest.com/search/boards/?q=yaleuniversity

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  • Adrian BK

    Hi Tyler, thanks for linking out to our paper, and I’m glad that you found it useful. I’d be very interested in hearing about whether any of these tools are being used at your university (or if you have plans to conduct any trials)?
    ~Adrian Stagg

    • TylerShadick

      Thanks for the comment Adrian and sorry for the delayed response. I’d be certain that they are in our Master of Science in Educational Design & Technology programs but they haven’t fully gained traction with our faculty at large, at least from my perspective. Someone to get in contact with would be Dr. Bernard Bull from Concordia University Wisconsin. I’d suggest checking out his blog at etale.org