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Wakelet Ambassador

November 3, 2019
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Riding the Wakelet Wave

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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.

Graphic on 6 ways to use Wakelet in the Classroom

 

February 22, 2009
by blogwalker
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Happy First Birthday to The Edublogger!

Of all the EB enhancements James Farmer has added over the past year, The Edublogger is my absolute favorite.  Such great tips, so well explained, and so easy to turn around and apply to my own blog and blogging practices.  Thank you, James, and Happy Birthday to The Edublogger (Sue Waters)!

Seems like with every contest The Edublogger promotes (i.e., 30-Day Challenge to Better Commenting), both the process and the product become road maps for 21st century teaching and learning. So in response to Sue’s call to join the celebration by writing a post on any of 12 topics, here’s my contribution:

#9 Favorite Blog Widget: ClustrMaps – Last year I was helping Jim Faires, a 6th grade teacher in my district, get his students up and running with YouthRadio, a collaborative project developed by Kevin Hodgson. Jim was introducing his students to podcasting. The question he posed to the class was “What if the whole world was your audience?!”

When the students completed their podcast, they watched as Jim uploaded it to the YouthRadio blog.  It was then that one of the them spotted the ClustrMap. Jim opened the enlarged view. Try to imagine their amazement and exhuberance when they realized the blog had visitors from all parts of the world and every continent (ok, not Antarctica). Suddenly students were scurring for an atlas to accurately identify each state and country.

Not only was the ClustrMap a built-in geography lesson, but it also illustrated and answered Jim’s question: truly, the whole world had become their audience.

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