Being a digital curator

Being a digital curator


Digital information as seen from this home photo surrounds some families in everyday living whereas digital curation allows a person with a focused interest on a specific topic to find and collect artifacts on the Internet to share with their target audience.

(Flintoff, Mellow & Clark, 2014)

Digital literacy including but not subject to smart: phones/boards, tablets, laptops and desktop PC’s can encompass group work, individual assignments, artistic expression with Prezi or Piktochart for example, common communication or broader community collaboration.

As Jennifer Howell mentions digital communication can be multifaceted, text hyperlinked to video presentations or audio cues therefore, not just linear word-based conveyance of information. To be able to extract this information critically and teaching students’ due diligence of going to the source of the information not just skimming what has already been skimmed. Published articles and Blog traffic indicators can help with credibility to some degree. Building a student’s integrity (correct referencing) for their lifelong digital development will enable a loyal clientele base if they choose that kind of social pathway.                                                                                                  (Howell, 2012)

due-diligence-best-practices-and-pitfalls-4-638Teaching through visual, verbal, and kinetic methods in a tech theatre might also be fun. Dancing Computer at Michigan State University College of Engineering, Cross curricular activities of science (technology) and art (drama) implemented in a STEAM programme for example.  (LaBonté, 2010)

Digital information can be evaluated formally through educational institutions in both formative and summative assessment modes. Aesthetics can also resonate personally with design and how information can be succinctly extracted.

Pinterest and Scoop are methods of collaboratively curating. Alan Pollock from Curtin University mentioned Pinterest is tied to pictures whereas Scoop involves saving web documents as well as images. The crowd-sourcing component can spread the load to some degree, although it is common for a few key individuals to drive the entire process when a collection is a group undertaking.

It can be humorous in understanding the link of who pinned her pins, or who repined what he, she or it pinned and what was originally pinned in the first place 😊

critical users


Flintoff, K., Mellow, P., & Clark, K. P. (2014, January 29). Digital curation: Opportunities for learning, teaching, research and professional development. Retrieved October 22, 2017, from

Gilster, P. (1998). Digital literacy. New York: Wiley Computer.

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: digital pedagogies for collaboration & creativity.

South Melbourne, Vic.: Oxford University Press.

LaBonté, L. (2010). “Brain Gain” in MENA: Igniting Future Prospects. Retrieved October 22, 2017, from,5062.1 Arab Youth Venture Foundation

Mroczek, P. (2016, August 4). Dancing Computer. Retrieved October 22, 2017, from Michigan State University College of Engineering

Counseling Center. (2009). Retrieved October 22, 2017, from


Author: highheaven

Educational Professional