One of the things that is so amazing about social media is when people “get it”.
It’s intellectually tough to remember there was a time when teaching meant covering things in the textbook. Periodically, you’d go to a workshop or a conference and pick up a handout or two to enhance what would otherwise happen in the classroom.
Fortunately, those times are behind us. They are, right? You don’t fit the description above or know anyone who fits the description in the year 2018, do you?
Yesterday, I poked around at the Wakelet application and wrote a really quick post about how easy it was to assemble a collection of resources. In my case, it was a collection of paper.li newsletters from the ecooorg account. It had to be a really quick post because I was on a bit of a Thanksgiving holiday and we were getting ready to explore parts of Lake Erie starting with Port Stanley, Erieau, and then points west.
Late yesterday, I did return home and started to play around further. I was going to extend the post, as always, scheduled for 5:00am but was tired and figured that I could always write another post – like this one.
Like any good database collection of resources, it’s always helpful to be able to look around and see what else is there. Wakelet handles it with a couple of options at the top of the screen.
Explore sends you off to an area where “Top Picks” are located.
It’s a reminder that the tool is geared towards anyone who wants to do a bit of curation. I will confess to going down a rabbit home with “A Trip To Cape Town“.
For the educator though, typically you’re more interested in specific and targeted results like “Canada“…
or … well, you get the concept.
I’ve said many times that places where real people curate resources are worth the visit rather than starting at a generic search engine. You know that at least one person as opposed to an algorithm has looked at the resource and felt that it was good enough to set aside for future reference and for sharing with others.
With experience, you’ll know that you go beyond just searching for topics. There are just some people that are incredibly skilled at the technique of finding and sharing the best on a variety of topics. In that case, follow a person instead of a topic.
If you get into this, you can even make Wakelet a search engine to speed up the process. In Opera, I used the letter K as my keyword for a search. (W was taken by Wikipedia…)
Also, like any good service, a blog will provide tips and instructions about how to use the utility and often an insight into future features.
When you get past creating your own resource and getting into the network of learners that are possible, all kinds of value is just a click away.