When Edublogger Kathleen Morris blogs about and recommends a new tech tool, then I know it’s worth exploring. Last week, her post about Wakelet came through my Twitter feed. Thank you, Kathleen! I am definitely riding the #WakeletWave.
Wakelet will help you to “Unlock the power of curation.”
“Wakelet is the easiest way to capture, organize and share multi-media resources with students, teachers, and learning communities.”
Curation is a must-have skill for our students. It’s often referred to as the 5th C, added onto Critical thinking, Connecting, Creating, Collaborating. Wakelet makes curation easy to organize, visually appealing, and fun to practice. Your “Wakes” can include URLs, images, PDFs, videos, social media posts, Google Docs and Slides, Google Maps, GIFs, Tweets, Flipgrid responses, Screencastify recordings and more!
For my technology workshops, I usually organize my resources on a Google Site. If I can find helpful videos, I’ll embed them rather than post the link, just to make the page a little more interesting. With this Google Site on VideoConferencing & Google Classroom, for instance, without the embedded videos, it would just be a list of links, with descriptions that I added for each link.
But with, Wakelet, each website listed actually appears visually on the Wake, creating a way more accessible and interesting resource. And you can embed your “Wakes” on a blog, or website, or Google Site, etc. You can add collaborators to your Wakes. You decide if you want to keep your Wakes private, or unlisted (available to anyone with the link), or available to the public.
Concerned about accessibility issues? Wakelet gets it!
Although I’m new to Wakelet, I’m already committing to offering workshops at two different teacher conferences in January. If you are offering Wakelet trainings and have resources and tips to share, please leave a comment.
Today my Wakelet account – https://wakelet.com/@GailDesler – includes two “collections.” I bet my collections will have quadrupled by January. I might even be a Wakelet Ambassador 🙂
Thank you again, Kathleen Morris, for leading the Wakelet charge.