Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier

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Riding the Wakelet Wave!

Overview

As a teacher, we are constantly finding resources that we refer back to year after year. But, then the question arises as to how you will save that information. You could save them as Bookmarks, or you could create a Google Keep or Doc with a list of resources. But, what if there was one location where you could create numerous collections and have access to them no matter where you are? Wakelet is a tool that allows you to curate resources in a variety of methods. If you're familiar with Padlet, this is a similar resource, but with no cost and a few more options, this is a winning resource!

What is Wakelet?

Wakelet is a free curation tool that allows you to curate information from the web and save it into “Collections.” You can save photos, links, articles, Tweets, and even files from your Google Drive directly into your Wakelet Collection. That Collection can then be shared out to other teachers or students, and they can all view or contribute to the collection. The best part about it is that you don't even need an account to contribute! By simply sharing a code, others can contribute and access your Collection really easily!

Adding Items to a Collection

If you want to create collections, you will need an account. But, there is an option to sign up using your Google information, so the process is really simple! Then, you can begin creating Collections. There are several different file types that you can add to a collection. After clicking the green circle with the green plus in the middle of it, you can add: a link, a YouTube video, files from your Google Drive, Tweets, images, PDF files, plain text, and even a Flipgrid video! So, creating a Collection is not only really simple, it's pretty robust as well with the amount of items that can be added within it.

Sharing a Wakelet Collection

Once the Collection is filled with all of the important information, you may want to share this with students, parents, or colleagues. There are several ways to share a Wakelet: A QR code, a generated code, Twitter, Facebook, Remind, and most importantly, Google Classroom. So, you could populate a list of resources for students researching a particular subject and then share out with them via Classroom. Or, students could generate a list of resources and share the link of their Wakelet Collection to Classroom. Think of the massive ability this would have for providing resources to students!

Explore Other Collections

As you create collections, you can change their "Visibility." They can either be Private, where only you can see the collection, Unlisted, which means they can only be seen with the link, or Public, which is available for the public. Since they can be made Public, clicking on the "Explore" link in the upper right hand corner allows you to search the Public Collections. They can then be added to your "bookmarks," or even shared out to your students!

Using Wakelet in the Classroom

There are countless ways that teachers have been using Wakelet in the classroom. A few examples are:

Backchannel Chat (Brad Dale) - Collect audience feedback, questions, and ideas during a presentation to refer to later on.

Create Newsletters: (Kathi Kersznowski) - Add text boxes of information, insert Images, find relevant YouTube videos, add a cover image and a background, share out via email or Social Media

Curate Frequently Used Links (Amy Storer) - Create a Collection of all the links you visit frequently, either for class or school, share that with parents or other members of your teaching team

Used in School Libraries (Kristina Holzweiss) - Portfolios, newsletters, resource hotlists, annotated bibliographies, organizing research, digital storytelling

YouTube Keyboard Shortcuts

If we want to watch a video, we dial up YouTube. But, as your watching a video, maybe would like to skip ahead but not click too far with the mouse. Tapping the right arrow will move the video ahead 5 seconds, and the "l" key will move it along 10 seconds. If you would to play/pause the video quickly, you can just push spacebar as the video is playing.

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