Reflection 3 – Being a digital curator

Being a digital curator was the topic introduced in week 5 along with an online article by Flintoff, Mellow, and Clark (2014) that explained digital curation as a tool that allows you to create your own digital library centred on your topic of choice, which can also be applied in multiple ways within education. Two examples of digital curation tools were introduced with this topic, those being Pinterest and Scoop.it.

At first I thought the tools were limited to what were given as examples in the unit, and I found that I had to assist my own understanding of the concept by researching the term online. I found an article (Scott Scanlon, n.d.) with an immense amount of digital curation tools, and to my surprise I found I recognised a few of them.

If a topic you are teaching is rather difficult, or you have students that are having problems, digital curation tools are valuable for a teacher and a learner as it allows you to provide your students with an additional resource for a specific topic (Flintoff, Mellow, and Clark, 2014). These tools are not limited to just a desktop computer, but can be accessed via other means including iPods and smartphones.

As mentioned before, this topic introduced us to two examples of digital curation tools, Pinterest and Scoop.it. Pinterest is a great example of a highly visual based tool, whereas Scoop.it allows for more of a balance between image and text. When used in conjunction with each other, these tools can provide a better understanding of a specific topic.

Even though digital curation seems like a promising tool to use as a teacher in a classroom, I found when learning to use these tools, that I was easily distracted by the social media aspect of them. Regardless of this, I can see myself finding use of digital curation in a classroom in the future.

References

Flintoff, K., Mellow, P. & Clark, K. P. (2014). Digital curation: Opportunities for learning, teaching, research and professional development. In Transformative, innovative and engaging. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 30-31 January 2014. Perth: The University of Western Australia. http://ctl.curtin.edu.au/professional_development/conferences/tlf/tlf2014/refereed/flintoff.html

Scott Scanlon. (n.d.). The Ultimate List of Content Curation Tools and Platforms. Retrieved from http://www.youbrandinc.com/ultimate-lists/ultimate-list-content-curation-tools-platform/

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