Find Engaging Resources, Save them to Your Collections, and Organize Your Lesson Planning Favorites!
As teachers, we all know the countless hours we’ve been sucked into the computer looking for that “just-right idea” to add to our lesson plans. Most often we end up searching for an engaging app, website, video, or game that will help students understand the concept, skill, or strategy within the lesson. Thankfully we’ve found our favorite blogs that usually inspire us or our favorite friends to follow on Pinterest or Twitter that typically provide us with those ideas.
What do you do when you can’t find what you are looking for via your favorite blogs, Pinterest buddies, or Twitter PLN? It’s often back to the drawing board… Google.
If you’re like me, you enjoy this process. It’s fun to search, have a million tabs open, and get side-tracked by the plethora of other engaging resources you weren’t looking for. However, you’re probably also like me in that you become stressed once you realize 90 minutes or so have passed yet you still haven’t found what you’re looking for. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were one spot where someone has already curated/gathered all of these great resources AND organized them for you?
Not only if that spot was organized but if there was also a way within that treasure chest of resources to also start saving those items as your own? — and you had the ability to organize them the way you wanted. What if you could also share them easily with friends or colleagues? Your Personalized Google for All Digital Resources & Content!
What is appoLearning Collections?
appoLearning Collections enable teachers to create, annotate and share lists of hand picked digital resources, including YouTube videos, iOS and Android apps, and websites, around specific subjects, topics or lessons. Collection creators can easily:
select from thousands of expert-vetted, standards-aligned resources from appoLearning search and/or add their own resources (including anything that is URL-addressable including videos, apps, websites, assessments, Dropbox links, Google Drive links, Evernote links) and upload their own files (Photos, Lesson Plans, Videos, PowerPoints, PDFs, etc.).
Collections empower teachers to continually manage the use of great digital resources into their classroom and to share these with peers, parents, students, and administrators. You can CLICK HERE to search for yourself and see how easy it is to find the “just-right resources” for your lessons!
How to create Collections on appoLearning
Click or tap â€œCreate a Collectionâ€ to get started. From there, login via Facebook, Google or Twitter to get started. Once one has named, described and tagged a collection, there are three simple and fast ways to build it.
Resources for any Collection can be pulled from the thousands of digital resources already vetted by appoLearning experts. Simply type in the search term on appoLearning, or browse by subject, grade-level, device and Common Core Standard, to find a list of vetted resources. While searching, one can also filter to show only FREE options. Simply press the â€œAddâ€ button next to each resource to add to a collection. Click the â€œViewâ€ button to go back to the collection at any point.
Add in resources from other collections by simply pressing the â€œAddâ€ button for individual selections or the â€œAdd Allâ€ button to grab the entire collection
Digital resources that are not included in appoLearning search can also be added to a Collection. Simply paste the relevant URL – any URL, including those that point to a website, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Prezi, Pinterest, Vimeo, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc., – of the selected educational resource, and it will be instantly added to the appoLearning database and included in the collection.
Files can also be uploaded to be shared via a collection.Simply drag and drop the file – any digital file including photos, videos, lessons plans, quizzes, powerpoints, pictures, Smart Notebook software and more – and it will also be added to your appoLearning Collection.
How to share appoLearning Collections
Each collection has its own unique URL that can be shared via email, messaging, or any social media channel. appoLearning includes an embed feature to include the collection on a website in addition to one-click sharing for Twitter and Facebook. .
How to find Collections: Even Search by Common Core!
All appoLearning Collections can be found via the search box at top of the Collections page or by using the tag navigation to the left of that page.
appoLearning Collections are free of charge. As you begin to plan and organize your lessons for the upcoming year (after some well-deserved time off!), we encourage you to start creating and sharing your own Collections of resources to understand how easy – and addictive! – it can be.
We are getting tremendous feedback from teachers on how to make the product even better, as well as a lot of special requests for how schools and districts can best take advantage of the platform and technology.
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