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Collaboration, Confidence and Citizenship: student responses to Wakelet

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Wakelet Ambassador Samantha Shaffner asks her students what they think about Wakelet! Check out their responses!

If you’ve read anything I’ve written up to this point, you’ll know that I’m an advocate for student voice and choice. So I decided to ask my students if they like how I use Wakelet in the classroom. I want to share what my students have to say about using Wakelet in my ELA classroom!

I use collaboration as a means to share and assign student writing. I have come up with new and innovative ways to engage students and meet 21st-century learning standards by using Wakelet within my ELA classroom. These practices were well received by my students – they used Wakelet to write and also to share their writing with the class! I believe that if you use these practices alongside others, it will foster your students’ academic writing abilities like it has with my students!

How I designed the survey

I collected student responses using an essay-type question on an Edulastic assessment. Their responses were great, and mimicked some important points I was already considering! When designing and administering the student “Wakelet Engagement” survey, I wanted as unbiased an opinion as I could gather, so I did not brief the students on Wakelet or my opinion of the tool beforehand in class.

I introduced my students to Wakelet by having them write their assignments and publish them in real-time on the application. My students created about 50 collections collaboratively in my ELA classes! As an assignment for ELA class 7th and 8th grade, students were prompted to provide a pointed summary expressing their opinion of Wakelet. The prompt was:

“Do you enjoy using Wakelet as a writing tool in the ELA classroom? Why or why not?”

Here’s what they said! 

Students say, “Wakelet makes responsible Digital Citizens”

Students say, “Wakelet is authentic”

Students say, “Wakelet boosts confidence in writing”

Students say, “Wakelet is easy and fun”

To summarize, one student responded; “Over the past school year and a half, Ms. Shaffner, our amazing ELA teacher, has been advising us to use Wakelet when we are typing assigned essays, summaries, or any typed response. Personally, I enjoy Wakelet. It helps others read my response, it helps me read others’ responses, and it is a simple way to turn in assignments instead of me sending a link to my teacher. It creates great discussions between me and my peers. I definitely recommend Wakelet! I believe it is a great platform to get your ideas out.”

Check out Samantha’s profiles! 😊

Wakelet profile: @SamanthaShaffner9061

Twitter: @SamanthaShaffn2

LinkedIn: Samantha J. Shaffner