Wakelet

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Wakelet is a tool that allows users to take control of the content that interests and inspires them. Wakelet users can save content and organize it in folders or wakes (e.g., student portfolios). It bridges the gap between humans and algorithms to curate beautiful and functional content in a personal way. Wakelet is a great alternative to Padlet or Storify. You and your students can curate videos, images, links, and more. If you are struggling to tell stories that are engaging, organized, and inspiring Wakelet could be beneficial because it allows users to curate customizable content. It is also a great tool for keeping research projects interactive and social.

Ways to use Wakelet: Personal Use, Student portfolio, Current affairs, Campaign, Fan page

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Price Free
Type of learning Social constructivism; Connectivism
Ease of Use ★★★★★
Privacy ★★
Accessibility ★★
Class Size Unlimited
Login Required No
ISTE Standards for Students Empowered Learner, Knowledge Constructor, Creative Communicator, Global Collaborator
COPPA/FERPA Compliant No

 

Wakelet & the SAMR Model

Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model exemplifies the integration of technology into teaching. This model is an effort to prove more meaningful uses of technology in the classroom rather than using “tech for tech’s sake.” As you strive to incorporate online tools into your classroom, we encourage you to use this model as an analytic tool.

Here is an example of how Wakelet might fit within the SAMR model:

  • Substitution: Students read an article on Wakelet instead of in class.
  • Augmentation: Wakelet allows for multimodality by allowing users to embed images, videos, articles and more.
  • Modification: Students curate information and resources about a specific topic on Wakelet and can share it widely via social media for feedback. Students critically analyze content and research to create an archive for discussion.
  • Redefinition: Students have access to real-time collaboration on multimodal content curation.

Far too often, technology is used as a direct substitute for other low-tech tools (e.g., pencil and paper). While substitution has some benefits (e.g., students develop their technology skills and knowledge), we encourage you to think about how you might use Wakelet to modify or redefine learning.

Collections from users: The Illegal Ivory Trade, England vs Venezuela, The MBDT Story, Myanmar Uncovered - The Forgotten Jewel, History's Forgotten Heroines

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Learning Activities

Math: Calculate the number of Wakelets that pertain to a topic; Create a Wakelet with content that helps students learn, practice, and assess math skills; Design a Wake for a math topic, process, or mathematician

Science: Conduct research (e.g., #climatechange); Create a wake about the importance of alternative energy; Collaborate with research a scientist; Learn how to conduct an experiment by gathering research and videos to follow.

English/Language Arts: Create a Wakelet for a character; create a historical wake for a book read in class; engage in an ongoing class debate outside of class time; create a story within 140 characters

Social Studies: Gather research on the Civil War; Prove how Alexander Hamilton influenced history; Curate a storyline of the events that occured on 9/11

Online Class Community: Collaborate on a research project; Share websites and videos for learning how to do long division; Provoke conversation on the political actions changing history

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How to Use Wakelet

  1. Go to www.wakelet.com
  2. Click “Sign Up” for free
  3. Click “Get it now”
    1. Click “Install now”
  4. Go back to www.wakelet.com
  5. Click “create a collection”
  6. Set up your collection
    1. Add a background image
    2. Pick your visibility
    3. Add a cover photo
    4. Give your collection a title and description
    5. Pick which view best works for you
    6. Or click “easy reorder mode”
  7. Type into the search engine
    1. Browse collections and people
    2. Follow people
  8. Search for content in your web browser
    1. When you find content you would like click the extension
    2. Save it one of your collections