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Come Together, Connect and Communicate: Using Wakelet With Families and Students

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Participate and share : Interactive session

Jill DuBois  
There are many different methods and approaches to get to know your students and families. The main goal is that you find your unique way to show how you empathize, express your classroom expectations and let your passion for them shine. Wakelet can take you there!

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Free account set up at
Topic: Communication & collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Social studies, Not applicable
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
Related exhibitors:
Canva for Education
, Wakelet
, Forward Edge: Edge-U Badges

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

One of the best ways to show support is to understand the importance of communication with students AND families. The more we get to know them on a personal level, the more trust and respect will be foundationally built and continue throughout the year.

While you do have to put time, effort, and energy into developing positive communications, it is a huge benefit in the long run. Keeping families informed is a relevant and valuable tool to strengthen the school/home/community bond with reciprocal relationships.

There are many different methods and approaches to get to know your students AND families. The main goal is that you find your unique way to show how you empathize, express your classroom expectations, and let your passion for them shine.

In this session, participants will learn how to use Wakelet, a curating technology tool that serves many purposes in and out of the classroom. Within Wakelet itself, there is a variety of resources that can be easily embedded within the collections. The collections may be private, unlisted, or public and shared around the world. There are NO limits to where Wakelet can take you!


Content and Activities: Participants will be engaged in creating their own Wakelet, using whatever technology they have available (ios, Android, tablets, laptops, etc.).

The main goal is to guide the participant to use this tool as a curating resource for educators/leaders as a vehicle to build community and communication between school/home.

Process: Participants will be given step-by-step guidance to utilizing the features of Wakelet, but also understanding the complexity of how the tool may also house other technology resources such as Google Tools, hyperlinks, videos, etc.

I. Introduction
a. Why communicate with families?
b. The importance of building rapport + relationships.

II. Resources for Communication
a. Wakelet
b. Flipgrid (a preset embedded in Wakelet)
c. Using Google Tools to enhance communication with lesson plans, assignments, assessments, surveys, activities.

III. Setting Yourself Up for Success as a Leader
a. Use resources to build respect
b. Use resources to tell stories, share vulnerabilities, encouragement
c. Relationships Matter!

IV. Conclusion + Comments

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Jill DuBois, Forward Edge

Jillian DuBois serves as a repurposed educator in Clearwater, FL. She has been in the field of education for over two decades. She is the recently published author and illustrator of several children's books and is the Optimistic Originator of Imparted Joy LLC. Her passion is to initiate and infuse joy to those in education by focusing efforts on listening, serving, and growing alongside colleagues and friends. She uses her voice to foster hope for student equity and empathy. Each day is a FRESH opportunity to listen, be slow to criticize and be quick to empathize. Keep dancing and dreaming with JOY.

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