Curating Your Professional Learning: Participate Learning
After spending the last few weeks talking about ways to collect and organize the information and resources you find as you learn, I will shift the discussion to websites that have already curated information for you. These websites, often containing reviews written by practicing educators, are a great starting point when looking for new tech tools and learning opportunities.
Participate Learning contains a database of free and paid educational resources (apps, videos, and websites) that are reviewed by teachers. These resources are linked to standards and can be searched by keyword and filtered by content type and grade level. By registering with the site, users have the ability to create their own bookmarks and collections of resources. Search results will also show the resource collections of other educators. There is also a Chrome Extension that allows users to save resources into their Participate Learning account directly from the browser. The School Library Journal recently reviewed Participate Learning and highlighted the collaborative features of the site including ParticipateChat, which maintains a calendar of educational Twitter Chats and hosts an interface for participating in Twitter Chats. ParticipateChat also allows users to create resource collections from the links and resources shared during a Twitter Chat.