Wakelet: A Curation of Digital Resources!

  Free!   Wakelet is a website that allows users to create collections of digital content and host it on the Wakelet website. To begin, users must register with Wakelet, and the website then provides a brief tutorial for creating collections and adding content to them. To create a collection, users must be on their dashboard. Next, they click the “Create a new collection” option. The “Collection” workspace will then load, and users must title it along with uploading a cover image. They can also add a background image by either choosing to use a pre-loaded image from Wakelet’s library…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 8.6
B. Design - 9.8
C. Engagement - 8.7

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Wakelet: A Curation of Digital Resources!

Summary : Making the Tracking of Digital Content Easy as 1-2-3!

 

Wakelet is a website that allows users to create collections of digital content and host it on the Wakelet website. To begin, users must register with Wakelet, and the website then provides a brief tutorial for creating collections and adding content to them.

To create a collection, users must be on their dashboard. Next, they click the “Create a new collection” option. The “Collection” workspace will then load, and users must title it along with uploading a cover image. They can also add a background image by either choosing to use a pre-loaded image from Wakelet’s library or upload one of their choosing. Next, users can click the “+” button to add content to their collection, which includes: URLs, text, YouTube videos, Tweets, bookmarks, images, PDFs, and Google Drive content. After clicking the “+” button, users simply click the content they wish to add and follow the prompts.

Once users add all the content, they can choose if they wish for their collection to be private, public, or unlisted. At this point, they can click the “Save and exit” option to leave the collection. Users can share their collection, if they set it to public or unlisted, after they have exited the collection by clicking the “Share” button. Finally, users can click the “…” button to embed or download their collection as a PDF.

Wakelet offers two additional options. Users can tap the “Search” option to find collections other users made by keyword. The “Explore” option reports popular collections that are recent and trending with current users. Please note: This description is based on the website version of Wakelet. Users can download the browser extension that includes additional options.

Instructional Ideas for Wakelet

  1. Teachers can assign each student a topic and have them create a collection based it. For example, teachers can assign each student a President or holiday as a topic, and students would create a collection dedicated to it. In addition, teachers can require a specific amount of content in the collection (e.g., two videos, three paragraphs, and two links.) Students can then have their classmates view their board by sharing its URL to a Padlet or a Google Doc.
  2. Teachers can use collections to have students debate topics. For example, students could debate who the best character in a narrative is, what is the most interesting place in the world to live, or what is the perfect college major. After creating the collection, students can present them in small groups or to the whole class. Teachers can add a twist to this activity by having students vote on their favorite collection after all the presentations.
  3. When writing a research paper or completing a lengthier assignment, students can create a collection of content related to the paper or assignment. That way, as they complete their work, they will have a running record of the resources they used, which will make it easier for them to cite!
  4. Teachers can create a collection about a topic they will be teaching and include a link to it on their classroom website. Then, as teachers design lessons about the topic, they can refer students to their collection and have students interact with the content in a purposeful fashion.

If teachers are creating a webquest, they can organize the website in the form of a Wakelet that students can then engage. (Check out this article that explains methods for creating a webquest!)

A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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