The best Wakelet tips and tricks can help teachers use curation in the classroom to offer media-rich resources for students to refer to and learn from. But it can also be a great place for students to show what they can do.
Wakelet is a broad and immersive tool, allowing it to work with lots of other digital resources. As such, it can be used many different and creative ways, enhancing its effectiveness. While there are plenty of examples of wakes that can be viewed and even copied, it pays to know the best way to use the platform.
You've come to the right place to learn all the best tips and tricks for Wakelet so whether you're a teacher, student or parent, you can get the most out of this curation tool.
So, read on for the best Wakelet tips and tricks for you.
- What is Wakelet and How Does it Work? (opens in new tab)
- A Wakelet Lesson Plan for Middle and High School (opens in new tab)
Use the Wakelet apps
Wakelet (opens in new tab) has not only got its online portal available via any web browser but it is available in app form. This comes on iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire and is also available as a Chrome extension. These are worth getting so you can add anything you stumble upon, no matter where you are, without the need to grab another device beyond your phone.
While adding media to your wakes is great, the app is also useful for organizing these. So you can work on the go, wherever you are, using the simplified and intuitive layout that the app menus offer.
Create digital portfolios
Wakelet is a great way to build a digital portfolio. Sure, that can be helpful for a teacher to organize classes and work loads, but it's also ideal for students. Work with students to help them build digital portfolios that showcase their work, personal interests, extra curricular activities, and more.
This portfolio can be a great asset for internships, college applications, and professional development down the line.
Set research projects
When students are researching for a project Wakelet can be helpful to collate everything in one place. Teachers can see the sources that students are working from, which can be a good thing so as to see their way of working and to help minimize plagiarism.
Students can add their own notes and illustrate points with images, videos, and order information in a way that works for any project. The wake itself could be the project, or that could simply be a resource to use when building the final result.
Work in groups
Wakelet is a collaborative platform too, allowing for multiple students to add to a single wake. This is useful when setting tasks for pairs or groups. One student can invite others to join in and add content without them even needing to login.
In this way the group effort could also be something that parents and guardians are invited to join, allowing them see what students are working (more below).
Lesson plan with Wakelet
Lesson planning can take up a lot of time, which is where Wakelet works well. It lets you collate all sorts of rich media from wherever you happen to be online, all with a single press.
This not only saves time but also can provide creative freedom to try new things in lessons. It also means when it comes to teaching, everything is organized in one place and ready to go. You can also see the wakes of other teachers, so you may find pre-built lessons that work for you too.
Curate exemplars with Wakelet
Wakelet allows teachers to show off great examples of how things are done. This way students can see what they're working toward and know how to angle their efforts.
From creating videos, by showing examples from Flipgrid or YouTube, to editing using Adobe Spark, collating these best examples will help to set standards high and offer guidance.
Share the class with parents and guardians
From in-classroom experiences to digital classes, everything can be shared using Wakelet. This offers a great opportunity for teachers to show parents and guardians what's been going on in class, keeping them in the know, which in turn allows them to better monitor how their student is doing.
A weekly wake is a great way to show off the classroom or what's being learned. This can be done using a phone to take a quick video of the students working and to upload or share examples of students' work. A single link to share and the ability to login from any browser make this a great way to get parents involved from home.