Google a topic you want to study and the results you will get are innumerable. With so much information available it is obvious to have multiple sources to refer to. However, with so many resources it is natural for anyone to lose a track of the resources you wanted to check in the first place. The conventional way would be to hit the star and bookmark your selected pages and visit them when need be.
There are multiple bookmarking tools available that you can use to simplify and organize your content curation. A similar tool but with vivid features that will change your game is Wakelet. This platform allows you to create your content directory where you can save multiple resources in varied formats and make a collection that can be further shared, collaborated upon, downloaded, and more!
The platform vouches to be a content curation platform that allows users to save, organize, present, and share all kinds of online content into visual, engaging collections. It supports independent learning, group-based learning, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and digital citizenship.
The platform can benefit students and educators alike by allowing them to curate a collection of resources they can refer to or share for easy access to content. Users can simply copy any content on the web and cumulate it into a collection. This collection of resources can further be embedded or shared with students allowing them to experience multiple pieces of mixed media all in one place. Anything can be added to a Wakelet collection; videos, social media, podcasts, articles, presentations, online documents, PDF’s, images, your text, and much more!
Pain Points / Needs: Bookmarking; Classroom Management; Curation; Educational Search; How-To Guides; Lesson Plans; Mind Mapping; Newsletters; Note Taking; Portfolio Creators; Professional Development; School & University Info; Search; Student Assessments; Study Groups; Teacher Collaboration; To-Do Lists; Web Browsers
Platforms and Compatibility:
- The tool is compatible with iOS & Android devices, and web-based platform.
- Web application for iOS and Android devices are available.
- Browser extensions for Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla firefox.
The tool is completely free to use. There are no adverts or any hidden fees. It comes with no limitations; you can create as many collections as you like, add as much content as you wish and invite whoever you want to (parents, students, colleagues, friends, etc.)
As a teacher, you can use Wakelet to share handpicked learning resources with your students, create classroom newsletters for parents, set digital assignments, create lesson plans, and more. You are free to use any kind of content you want, like YouTube videos, drive files, PDFs, infographics, social media posts, podcasts, and practically anything else you find online!
To see how the platform performs, I tried the platform to check the usability for an educator. The following walkthrough will help you get a better understanding of the tool.
1. Sign Up and create your profile as an educator.
Sign up on the platform. While creating your profile, select the “educator” category. This is followed by available categories of grade-level you’re teaching to. You can pick from the options as follows:
- Pre-K (ages 3-4)
- Elementary (ages 5-10)
- Middle school (ages 11-13)
- High school (ages 14-18)
- Librarian Principal
- Special Education
- Technology/Instructional Coach
Once you’ve created your profile, you've navigated to the dashboard that looks like the image below.
On the dashboard, you can access all your collections, bookmarks, and group collections. You can access your followers' list and check your following to stay updated. All your collections are available here on the dashboard. You can navigate to any to make changes or share.
2. Create Collection:
The image below shows how you can create a collection. Enter the title. There is an option to describe the collection/title as well. To add content, simply click on the tab and the dialogue box with multiple options appear. You can add the URL of the resource, type content, add links to youtube videos, add tweets, images, upload pdfs, videos on your system, or add files from any online cloud like Google Drive or OneDrive.
3. Sharing the Collection:
To share your collection generate a link or code for your collection and share it across with your students. The other option is to directly share your collections with others via various platforms like Facebook, Microsoft teams, Twitter, Google classroom and so.
You can also export your collection as a pdf or embed it in any other file if needed.
Anyone with the link can access the collection irrespective of whether they are using the tool or not. This gives you the ease of sharing of collection without having to ask your fellows to be using the tool.
The ease of directly sharing the collection via other social platforms prove a direct channel and ensures that every student gets the content that you want to share.
For Students: The tool is useful wherever there is a need to organize, collect and present digital content e.g. creating vibrant digital portfolios, organizing their academic research, engaging in group projects with their peers, submitting assignments, and more. Wakelet's robust and dynamic collaboration features allow for students and teachers to work together on the same projects in real-time.
So Why You Should Be Using This Tool?
- Ease of organizing resources systematically in one place.
- Feature to be collaborative with fellows. This can help in creation of projects. A feature that would help students and educators alike.
- Multiple ways to share collections. You don’t have to have an account on the platform to access the collection shared to you.
- Follow people with similar interests and expand your professional learning community.
- Support for varied types of content be it videos, PDFs, etc.
- Availability of app and browser extensions.
- The tool is free of cost with all features.
All in all, Wakelet can be used for a wide variety of educational practices and learning outcomes. The flexibility and usefulness of the platform provide for some of the most creative, engaging, and memorable learning experiences. The ease of creating shareable collections makes it apt for educators who like to use web resources for their teaching or use online additional readings. With integrations across all common tech tools, you'll quickly find Wakelet becoming an essential part of your workflow!
The walkthrough above may have given you a feel of the platform. But I highly suggest you give it a try and experience your online content curation get sorted to a different level.
Share your experience of using Wakelet or any other similar tool in the comments below.