Digital Curation: Its place in the classroom

Digital curation is taking place right now in this blog. Capturing an image; referencing an article, or embedding someone else’s work is all a part of the digital curation process. “Curation is an act of creating new meaning by combining existing content with new perspective” (Minocha & Petre, as cited by Flintoff, Mellow & Clark, 2014). Even that quote has been curated. The existing content has been taken from elsewhere and placed into a learning context. Thus, highlighting the relevance of the curation process in schools.

digital curation.jpg
(Learning Solutions Magazine, 2012)

Digital curation allows you to filter out the junk and the irrelevant search results and place everything you need into a one stop shop of information. Children are becoming much more tech-savvy when using search engines; who knows what they could find?

Now all we need to ask is…

(Tes, n.d)

Excellent questions, now let’s start with one of the most popular curation web tools…

(, n.d) collates work from online publications using an online magazine format, and this visual impact alone makes it very effective (Johnson, 2013). Source what you want, filter out all the junk and then ‘’. Upload it to your site, add your own comments and compile all of the information you need.

Why is it so good?

  • It’s visual – perfect for students
  • It’s mobile – scoop on the go!
  • Filter out the junk – eliminate the inappropriate content
  • Teaches effective use of keyword searches

Not sold on Never fear, more curation tools are here!

(Storify, 2016)
(Odyssey, 2016)
(Pearltrees blog, n.d)

If you want to know more about Storify, check out my work on the Digital Divide.
Still not convinced about digital curation? All the helpful tips and tricks are right here…

(Elizabeth Homan, 2014)

My advice though, is to just give it a go.  This is an easy way to put together a lesson, or store informative websites, which then allows students to explore content for assignments, or projects. Scoop, store, or collate some information and start curating!

(hereisafantasy, 2012)

Reference list

Elizabeth Homan. (2014, October 14). Curating Digital Resources: Tools, Tips, and Tricks for Teachers . Retrieved from

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.

hereisafantasy. (2012). Curating in progress [image]. Retrieved from

Johnson, L. (2013). Why Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool. Retrieved from

Learning Solutions Magazine. (2012). Digital Curation [image]. Retrieved from

Odyssey. (2016). Pinterest [image]. Retrieved from

Pearltrees blog. (n.d). Pearltrees [image]. Retrieved from! (n.d).! [image]. Retrieved from

Storify. (2016). Storify [image]. Retrieved from

Tes. (n.d). Who? What? When? Where? How? [image]. Retrieved from



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