Participate Learning is an educational resource discovery and curation tool for teachers. Users can search through thousands of expert-vetted educational apps, web sites, and videos by subject area, grade, category, keyword, or Common Core State Standard. Many of the resources and apps include expert reviews, which the site states are written by “professional educators, actively working in the field.” Users can also add their own reviews for any app or resource.
Users can add these resources into personalized collections around a specific topic or lesson plan. As a user you can also add other web resources, including those of your own creation, to a collection. You can subscribe to another user’s collection, copy and then modify another user’s collection, and multiple users can collaborate in curating a collection together. Collections can likewise be shared to anyone via a link, or embedded on a web page by copying and pasting an auto-generated html code.
One of the most exciting features of Participate Learning is their beta Participate Chat feature. This integrates with Twitter and provides a wonderful framework for exploring educational hashtags and chats, including a calendar of upcoming chats. Each supported educational hashtag has a live page showing tweets with that hashtag, participants in the chat, and even a quick list of the resources and links shared in tweets with that hashtag. Those resources can be instantly added from the chat page to a user’s collection in Participate Learning. A custom transcript of an educational chat can also be generated and saved.
This looks to be a helpful framework for participating in an educational chat. At our request they have included #GSDEdTech in their menu of educational chats, and we are excited to try it out with our next #gsdedtech chat on April 28, 2016.
Here are a few other learning resource discovery and curation tools that we have featured or may feature in coming posts:
- Graphite (https://www.graphite.org/)
- Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/categories/education/)
- PowerMyLearning (http://powermylearning.org/learn/learning-games-activities)
- SAFARI Montage (http://safari.graniteschools.org/)
Do you have any other great places to find learning apps and resources? Please share in a comment below.