The Internet is full of useful information … and it’s getting fuller every day. The struggle these days isn’t finding enough information. It’s knowing what to do with it when we find it.
Students can act like museum curators, finding the best and most representative pieces to add to their collections to share with others.
It’s an important life skill, too. As they get older, knowing how to gather, organize and make sense of useful bits of information will help them be more productive and efficient.
A curation tool I’m excited about right now is Wakelet (wakelet.com). And yes, it’s free!
Creating collections in Wakelet is powerful. I’ve been gathering tweets I want to save from Twitter into collections for a while now. (Use the Google Chrome extension to do that … it’s super fast and easy.)
But recently, Wakelet added a collaboration feature.
This collaboration feature opens up so many possibilities for learning — in the classroom with students, in professional development with teachers, and more!
Here are 10 ways to use this collaboration feature:
A picture is worth a thousand words. A collaborative image collection can let students gather images from a current event, a biome they’re studying, a book they’re reading, or more.
With the link sharing capabilities of Wakelet, students can create amazing products in G Suite and then add links to them in a collaborative Wakelet. Examples of products students can create and later share in a Wakelet:
Using text blocks in Wakelet, students can co-create a story one bit at a time. One student starts the story, adding a text block. Then, another student adds the next piece. After they’re done, it’s fun to see what the class has created!
Students take photos of a science lab (or any other learning event in any other class!). Then, they share their unique photos in a collaborative Wakelet collection. Use text blocks as subheadings to keep everything organized. Make it chronological so photos of different steps are grouped together.
This is an easy way to share what students are learning with parents or the school community. Plus, it’s very low-prep — even no-prep! Give students a contributor link to a Wakelet collection. In it, they describe something they’ve learned that week, using …
They add their contribution to the Wakelet collection. (Add a text block … Download a Google Drawing as an image to add to the collection … Grab the link to a Flipgrid video for the collection.) Share the Wakelet collection with parents, school community, etc. using a link from the Share button.
Students may not have access to Twitter and other social media during the day. But there are still ways to make social media work for you with a Wakelet collection!
These collections can be shared via link — or embedded in a web page.
Collaborative Wakelet collections can be a great place for gathering ideas during professional development. When educators are together, they can share …
Think of the resource they can all create collaboratively when they share great ideas in one place! Everyone in the presentation can bookmark that Wakelet collection are refer back to it when they need ideas.
Students can create Wakelets to demonstrate understanding through text, images, links and more. When they’re done, they can put a link to that Wakelet collection on a collaborative Wakelet created by the teacher. Students can go to the collaborative Wakelet and click on classmates’ links to see the Wakelets they’ve created!
If students have access to YouTube, they can gather videos that further explain a topic in class — or that illustrate a point made during class. They add a link to the video in one item in the collection, then add a text block below it to describe whey that video makes the list (an annotation, kind of like an annotated bibliography).
This doesn’t have to be only videos! Students can link to anything — webpages, audio (like podcast episodes) and more — then add an annotation explaining why their entry should make the list. (FYI: explaining your thinking is level 3 on Webb’s Depth of Knowledge!)
Collaborators on a Wakelet collection don’t have to be in the room with your students. Partner with another class in another state or country! Find a class by connecting with other educators through social media, at teacher conferences, etc. Databases like the Skype in the Classroom website or Flipgrid’s GridPals are very helpful!
Once your class is connected with another class, create a Wakelet collection and share it with the teacher and students. Find an activity you can do collaboratively and get started!
Need a little help getting started? Looking for even MORE ways to use Wakelet in the classroom? Or perhaps you want to share Wakelet with your colleagues? Check out The Educator’s Guide to Wakelet.
Written for educators, by educators, this 28 page FREE, printable eBook will help answer (almost) all of your questions and get you started using Wakelet right away.
Disclaimer: Neither Matt Miller nor Ditch That Textbook has any relationship (financial or in exchange for services) with Wakelet. We just like using it and have found it to be very helpful!
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