Many of our posts focus on educational technology tools. This post discusses Wakelet, which we feel is useful for anyone who uses the internet.
Wakelet is a wonderful way to save bookmarks so you can access them in any browser on any device, helpful for those of us who jump between browsers and devices. It works best in Chrome, but K also uses it in Edge Dev, the new Chromium version of Microsoft Edge. However, it isn’t JUST for bookmarks!
Share your collections from within Wakelet to Google Classroom, Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, Remind, or Microsoft Teams. It also provides a QR code and URL. Set your collections to private (just you), unlisted (requires the viewer have the link), or public (open to the world).
Another incredible feature? Collaboration! Invite contributors by name (if connected on Wakelet), email, or with a shared link. Bonus? They can ONLY add to your collection, not delete or edit other items in the collection. They don’t even need a Wakelet account to contribute.
Teachers can easily collect resources from students. Last May, K helped a teacher whose students make Sways, YouTube videos, and PowerPoints for an end of year project. By sending a contributor link through Remind, the students could add to the collection so the whole class could see the final projects.
Accessibility is important and Wakelet has added features to address this. As of July, Wakelet now has Immersive Reader, a Microsoft accessibility tool. Check out our YouTube channel for the tutorial. But that’s not all! They created another wave of goodness with Read Mode!
A few browsers have an option for a reading view. With a quick click, the distractions surrounding many articles magically disappear, allowing for easier viewing and printing. Wakelet has added a similar feature with Read Mode.
But wait, there’s more! And, no, it isn’t an additional $9.95 with shipping. As with everything else in Wakelet, it is FREE! Once in Read Mode, not only do the distractions go away, but you can also use Immersive Reader with all the helpful tools such as Read Aloud, which reads the article in your choice of speeds AND language. Change the theme to add a color background. Personally, I like the black theme with white text for easier viewing. Teaching your students grammar? Have them highlight parts of speech.
As a teacher, I appreciate the ease of Wakelet to share lists of resources with students, but worry about distractions? Or clickbait trying to tempt you away from the initial article?
With Read Mode, no more!
With a simple click of the icon next to the article, you get just the text of the article. Click the Visit Original button to view the full article with images. Click the Immersive Reader button to have the article read to you at varying speeds with translation, grammar tools, line focus, theme colors, and other options to make the reading process easier.
What can you add to Wakelet? Links, text, YouTube videos, Tweets, bookmarks, images, PDFs, and files straight from your Google Drive. Once added, you can edit the descriptions and titles of most (not Tweets). Wakelet auto-populates with an image and description, if available. Sort resources, add, delete, without having to create a new link each time.
Upload your own images for the cover image, background, and individual posts, or select from their free library. You can resize and reposition them, as well.
Missed a Twitter chat? Curate the tweets by searching the hashtag (or keyword or user). If you use Google and Microsoft tools, check out the #HybridEdu chat archive.
Four view options: Media, Compact, Grid and the newest: Mood Board. Media shows the full description and image. Compact is more like a list. Grid and Mood Board look similar to Pinterest.
Do you have OpenTab-itis? The habit of leaving dozens of tabs open? A favorite feature is the ability to create a collection using any (or all) tabs that you have open once you install the Wakelet extension.
NEW IDEA! Ever have one of those days when you need affirmations? Back in April, @Mtholfsen sent out a tweet that made K’s MONTH! Create a private (or public) collection for messages like that in Wakelet. Text, tweets, etc. Next time you get a tweet that makes your day, send it to Wakelet! Another option: if you have a student out ill, create a collaborative Wakelet for students to post get well messages.
Currently, K’s district is a hybrid district meaning students and staff have access to Microsoft AND Google tools. Sharing through Wakelet gives you agnostic curation!
You can sign into Wakelet with Google, Office 365, Facebook accounts or an email address.
So what are you waiting for? Dive on in! The water’s GREAT! #WakeletWave
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