Wakelet is a free content storage platform that allows users to save, organize, and share that same content across the Internet. You can save any content you find on the Internet: articles, videos, social media posts, podcasts, images, notes, any digital content, etc.
Wakelet also allows you to collaborate with others (e.g., your students) on group collections to share ideas, inspiration and knowledge.
How does it work?
The Rivière-du-Nord (Quebec) School Service Center has a page on its google teacher support site, EduTic Support, entirely dedicated to the Wakelet tool. It features a set of video tutorials by Alexandra Coutlée.
- Wakelet: presentation
- Creating a collection
In this video, Alexandra Coutlée discusses the options for customizing a collection, adding items, editing item descriptions and images, organizing items in a collection, and changing the layout of a collection.
- Collaborating with Wakelet
In this video, Alexandra Coutlée discusses different ways to collaborate with Wakelet such as : inviting colleagues or students to collaborate in a list; inviting through a link; inviting through a code or QR code (possible even if we don't have an account) and inviting directly through email.
- Collaborative Spaces
In this new video, Alexandra Coutlée discusses peer-to-peer or student-to-student collaborative spaces, classroom or student-to-student opportunities, and peer-to-peer sharing (and much more!).
N.B.: You can find, on EduTic Support, other videos such as Creating a Wakelet Account; Setting up and customizing your Wakelet profile; Organizing your public collections on your profile; Sharing your Wakelet collections; Wakelet and Screencastify; Wakelet Chrome Extension. You'll also find guides for teachers.
Primary school teacher in Malaysia, Goh Kok Ming offers us, in a article from the Wakelet blog, some examples of using the platform to design lessons with Ruben Puentedura's SAMR model.
Students read poems online on Wakelet.
Students use and organize images, videos, and other information about the poems to supplement the reading.
Students discuss and use multimedia resources to build knowledge and understanding about a specific topic related to a group's poems.
Students examine why the poems were written, build knowledge collaboratively in real time via the Wakelet space, and then make an infographic about what they found. Students share their Wakelet collections with others.
Students use Wakelet to organize and build a presentation about a selected location, for example, KLCC Malaysia.
To supplement the reading, students incorporate interactive multimedia or integrate digital platforms such as Thinglink, Buncee, or Canva into the presentation to give a more engaging presentation in Wakelet.
Students design a digital travel map using Canva on KLCC Malaysia and integrate it into Wakelet. Additional information is stored and organized in Wakelet that can be shared publicly.
Students explore and integrate KLCC with Google Earth in Wakelet. Students study the style of this famous architecture and use various media sources to examine the style. Then students apply and design a new architecture in Wakelet collaboratively.
- Martha Bongiorno
Martha Bongiorno, Media Technology and Education teacher (Fulton County Schools, US), offers several ideas for using Wakelet. Here are a few.
Student portfolios: use Wakelet as an alternative to Google Sites
Project-based learning: organize resources for your students for a specific project, as an introduction to a project, or have students organize their own resources and share them with you/peers.
Hands-on math reviews: have students choose a math concept, gather how-to videos from Khan Academy or YouTube, and then rank them in order, with notes of explanation, based on which was easiest to hardest to understand.
Parent Newsletters: create a collection of resources, homework help, links to web pages, etc.
My thoughts on Wakelet
In the end Wakelet proves to be more than just a curation tool, it's also a fantastic collaboration tool in a classroom. Students can organize their research and learning materials, create portfolios of their accomplishments, present their assignments and work, and most importantly, collaborate with their peers.
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