Long-time readers of this blog will remember the WWW (Weekly Wednesday Website), an idea I came up with back in 2010 as a way to share a weekly internet resource with my teachers. Each Wednesday I sent out an email featuring a relevant website, with an explanation of how to use it and suggestions for integrating it in the classroom. A few years later I changed schools and I stopped sending out the WWW, but I’ve always thought it was one of my better ideas. So ten years later, in today’s world of pandemic learning, I thought the time was right to bring it back.
This time around I’m expanding the scope of the WWW from a single site sent in an email, to a weekly newsletter of resources for teachers to use themselves and/or share with their students. Content will include websites for students to use independently, free tech tools for teachers, information about seasonal or timely events, tips and tricks to enhance virtual/hybrid learning, links to activities and lesson plan ideas, articles and blog posts about teaching, and self-care resources. What better tool to curate such a collection than Wakelet?
I’ve been a fan since Wakelet burst onto the scene a few years ago because of the way it integrates so successfully with Twitter. I get daily professional development on Twitter courtesy of the people I follow there, and Wakelet provides an easy way to save and organize the tweets I want future access to. My respect for the Wakelet support team has grown as I’ve watched how responsive they are to feedback from educators, and the number of new features they continue to add is astonishing — especially when you consider there are no fees of any kind for users!
So, today I shared the first issue of the WWW Newsletter with my teachers via email, and with the world on Twitter. I’ve made it Public and set it to Copy, so feel free to use it and re-mix it and share it yourself. I’ve embedded it for reading below, and you can click this link to save and copy it.