Over the past few years I’ve had the privilege of helping the folks at appoLearning rate and review educational apps. Their new website has a fantastic tool for teachers that lets users group their favorite online resources – all in one place. So if you have a handful of favorite websites, apps and videos that you love to use in your classroom you can now create collections of resources.
Creating a collection is super easy. After logging in to your free account, you can create a collection on a specific topic. Then you can search through appoLearning for different websites, apps and videos related to you topic. While appoLearning has thousands of expert-vetted resources to choose from, you can also add your own app, video, website or document by pasting in a link or uploading a file from your local drive.
Here’s a link to one of the collections I’ve made on appoLearning. The topic I chose was Informational Text and I filled my collection with lots of online resources and favorite apps. I simply searched using keywords like “nonfiction” and “current events” and a whole bunch of choices popped up. I added the ones that I already love, and new ones I found interesting, to my collection. Since you can add documents to your collection, I even uploaded a PDF saved on my computer.
I created a public collection so that anyone can see it. Next time I am working with a group of teachers looking to integrate digital texts into their English Language Arts instruction, I can share the link to my appoLearning collection so they can see my favorites too. Teachers can use appoLearning collections as they plan lessons, reflect on a unit they’ve already taught, or create a list of resources to share with parents and students. You might decide to create a private collection that only you can view. This is a great choice if your collection is a work in progress.
Learn more about appoLearning by visiting their website and create your own collections for free!