Using Wakelet for content curation

If you find Twitter to be overwhelming in terms of gathering resources that you find for later use, there are plenty of tools out there to help you stay organized.

The latest tool that I found is Wakelet. It allows you to curate all of your favorite tweets, blog posts, podcasts, websites, etc. into visually stunning collections in a matter of minutes.

Better yet, you can do it on the go with the Wakelet app (iOS) (Android) on your phone or tablet. If you are on a computer you can also use the extension for Chrome to quickly share whatever you’re on to a collection.

Here are some mobile screenshots (iOS) to walk you through the steps of building a collection from scratch:

If you want to check out some of my published Wakelets, just CLICK HERE.

The best part is you can add colleagues as contributors to your collection! On the app, you just have to select “Invite contributors” and then you can either enter people’s email addresses or add them if they are on Wakelet already. On the website, go to home, select the drop down arrow to the right of “My Collections” and select “Group Collections.”

If you wanted to crowd source some resource curation with your entire class on one collection, tools like Padlet would be the fastest way to get all of your students in one spot with the ability to share links. You could do the same by posting a question in Google Classroom and have every student paste links in for their answers.

You could also have each of your students create their own Wakelet accounts in seconds as they can sign up/login with Google.

That opens up quite a lot of possibilities of what students could curate. Here’s a list of what I came up with so far:

  • Student Portfolios with specific items from GSuite that they’ve created (just make sure the sharing settings are “Anyone with the link can view”).
  • The central hub for gathering resources for a Genius Hour project and then it’s already formatted and ready to publish.
  • Have students gather resources that helped them be successful in your class to share with next year’s students.
  • If students are working on a Group Project, they can all be added to the same Wakelet to gather resources that are then ready to publish without the hassle of putting them all in a Slide Deck because it essentially already is.

If you have any other “lightbulb” moments for how to use Wakelet, I’d appreciate your feedback in the comment section below, or hit me up on Twitter (@pdubyatech) to keep the ideas rolling.

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