Set up is easy
You can create an account for Participate using your email or with a quick login through a Google-hosted school account. Once you’re logged in you can create a Collection and start adding resources. You might already know which apps and website you want to add to your collection or if there is a link you bookmarked that you want to include in your collection. Alternatively you can type in a keyword and find resources vetted by other educators and add these to your collection.
Click here to see a poster of my favorite tools – you can add your favorites to your new Participate Collection!
Collaborate with colleagues
Once you’ve set up a collection you can add a colleague or friend as a collaborator. When you add them as a collaborator they’ll get a notification to either log in or sign up for a Participate account and accept your invitation to collaborate. This gives them the chance to comment on your collection and add additional resources.
Sharing is simple
If you are part of a grade level team of teachers who are all teaching a similar topic, you’ll love how easy it is to share the collections you create with Participate. Sharing is super simple – you can either send a link to colleague for them to check out your collection or you can embed your list of favorite resources into another website.
Connect with families
Have you ever sent home a newsletter with favorite resources for families to explore? Instead of writing up a monthly newsletter with suggestions for families, you can share a link to a Participate collection so they can preview a set of YouTube videos with their children or download one of the apps you suggest. This is great for building a bridge between what is happening in the classroom and what families can do to support this work.
Click here to see a poster of favorite tools – you can add your favorites to your new Participate Collection!
cross posted at classtechtips.com
Monica Burns is a fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom. Visit her website at classtechtips.com for creative education technology tips and technology lesson plans aligned to the Common Core Standards.