This one is not at first obviously apparent that it is for Office 365, because it’s all about Wakelet, but we will tie it in before we’re done.  So welcome to Day 50 of 365 Ideas for Office 365

I’m admittedly late to “riding the Wakelet wave”- I finally jumped onboard when, we’ll, we’ll get to that at the end.

What is Wakelet?

Wakelet is a social bookmarking site.  Think of it kind of like an educational Pinterest, but not exactly.

You can choose a topic and create a board, adding your digital resources to it. These can be links to websites or uploaded files.  When you make yours public other people can access and take advantage of your curated list of resources on that topic.  Here’s one I recently made for #OnlyinPowerPoint.

The toolbar is relatively sparse.

Wakelet toolbar

Explore vs. Search

I immediately wondered what the difference is between Search and Explore.  It turns out “Explore” is Wakelet’s “Top Picks”.  It starts with about a dozen, but as you scroll down, it continues populating, endlessly. 

Wakelet "Explore" results
Wakelet “Explore” results

Search, on the other hand, is exactly what it is on other platforms- you enter your search term and related Wakelets appear.

Saving in Wakelet

I tried a search for OneNote.   I’m intrigued by the OneNote Digital Breakout rooms, so I click to see the collection.

Wakelet Search results for OneNote
Wakelet Search results for OneNote

It’s a small collection right now, but I like the idea, so, hoping it will grow in the future, I click “Save”, and in the bottom left corner of my screen it tells me I have saved the collection.

Saving a Collection

Where did it save to?  I’ll now click on “Home”, in the top right corner.

Home tab on the Toolbar

Hmmm, I don’t see it there.  These are the collections I (and my 8-year-old; Jerboas is Timmy’s) have made.

I find it under “Bookmarks”, which also includes everything I have personally added to a collection.

Bookmarks in Wakelet
Bookmarks

This part confuses me a little.  This bookmark is a link to someone else’s entire collection, but my own content under bookmarks are individual links or uploads, each part of a larger collection.  I get to my collections under collections, but your collections under bookmarks.

I also have 1 item under “Group collections”.  This is a Wakelet collection that is collaborative.  I am a contributor to this collection of digital accessibility tools and strategies.

Accessibility Collection under Group Collections
Accessibility under Group (Collaborative) Collections

Following other users

When you click on a Wakelet, whether from Explore or Search, you can also click under the author’s name to follow them.

Follow button for a Wakelet user
Following another user

The OneNote connection

Like I said, I’m new to Wakelet, so I am only following @MikeTholfsen so far, and I have a mere 9 followers at the moment.

Mike is the person who posted on Twitter, among other places, about the new Wakelet-OneNote integration.  It’s an inspiring tale of how one teacher posted that she wished she could embed Wakelet in OneNote, and about a week later, Microsoft and Wakelet mad e it happen. This is what finally spurred me to take a serious look at Wakelet.  Here’s how it works.

Embedding a Wakelet collection into a OneNote Notebook

Teachers can curate instructional content and instructions to share with students.  They can easily get their students there through OneNote.

Students can compile resources, or sites to go back to later at the initial stage of research.  Educators can share resources with each other, and can even compile those resources collaboratively.  In short, Wakelet is a wonderfully simple, easy to learn tool to curate content for students and staff.

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