Wakelet Digital Storytelling

Creative Communicator, Global Collaborator
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Overview‚Äč

Wakelet is a free platform where teachers and students can save/post links, videos, images, and articles. You can easily share your page with others. Collaborators can also add notes or comments to each item.

Students will be telling a story with multimedia to engage their viewers. 

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be exposed to Wakelet as a communication tool.
  • Be able to post pictures, videos, links, stories, etc. on Wakelet.
  • Be able to tell a story of their summer using photos, notes, maps, etc.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Digital Etiquette (Netiquette): Digital etiquette is a basic set of rules you should follow in order to make the internet better for others, and better for you. It's just as important to treat people with courtesy and respect online as it is in real life.

  2. Flipgrid: Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create grids to facilitate video discussions.

Pre-planning

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Sign up for a free Wakelet Account

  • View this VIDEO on how to use Wakelet.

  • Have an example of your summer digital story on Wakelet to share with the class.

  • If students are under 13, make them each their own page with their name on it and add them on as the collaborator. Then, when it is time to work, they will just click on their name to get started. 

  • If you are unfamiliar with Flipgrid, visit the MiTechKids task card on Flipgrid. 

Accommodations

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

Steps

Directions for this activity:

  1. Talk about Storytelling and what it is. Explain that telling a story with multimedia is even more engaging and visually stimulating than writing a story on paper.

  2. Have students briefly say something they did this summer. Record this on an anchor chart for students to see (swimming, pandemic, going to the grocery store with masks, going on vacation, etc.).

  3. Introduce and show students an example of your summer Wakelet story.

  4. Students will watch this video from Brain Pop on Digital Etiquette.

  5. Show students how to use Wakelet (add pictures, videos, maps of where they went, etc.). Keep your Wakelet on the big screen so students can see it while they are working.

  6. Students will record their stories using Flipgrid. If you have not used Flipgrid yet, you can use this MiTechKids task card to learn more. They can then upload their Flipgrid story to Wakelet.

  7. If students are under 13, you must let them use your account. Mark them as collaborators and they can click on their name to get started.

  8. Give students a due date. Tell them that they will be presenting these in class. You can give them requirements that you want to make sure they have in their story (maps of places they visited, photos, videos, notes, etc.).  

  9. When students are done presenting, you can print out QR codes to hang around the classroom with the student's name on it. Then, students can access it anytime. This would be something great to do at an open house, so parents can use their phones to access their child's story. 

Assessment Options

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • You can make a checklist for each section students are responsible for.
  • You can also give each student a rubric to grade others on while they are presenting (creativity, Flipgrid video, presentation, etc.).  

MITECS Competencies & ISTE Standards

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Creative Communicator
6a. Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
6c. Students communicate complex ideas clearly using various digital tools to convey the concepts textually, visually, graphically, etc.
6d. Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences

Global Communicator
7a. Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
7b. Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

Websites:
Digital Etiquette Student Video

Flipgrid Introduction from MiTechKids

Sign Up For Wakelet Account

Wakelet page - free newsletter templates

Youtube Wakelet Tutorial

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

Recording a story through Flipgrid, writing information, adding pictures.

Integrated Arts

Students add video and images to Wakelet.

Credits
This task card was created by Dawn Phillips, Wyoming Public Schools, August 2020.