This couldn’t come at a more perfect time because I was chatting a few weeks ago with one of our ENL teachers who I was sharing a few new books that came in. I asked him how best to share that with the ENL teachers and the content teachers that teach ENLs in sheltered classrooms. I got a list of all of the teachers we’d like to reach, but didn’t know how best to share it other than (yet another) email. So, I dove in to creating a resource guide.
I am very familiar and capital L Love Padlet for everything from a resource guide to creating a snapshot of a group and/or their work (for example: Cool Tools’ introductions were done using Padlet in addition to other methods. I have embedded Padlet’s both in this blog but also my other when sharing resources for presentations and I find it more generic (in a good way) than Pinterest.
As an aside, does anyone else think that Pinterest is still viewed as a more female-centric tool? The minute I thought this, I did a little searching and found this article from January 1, 2018 that says that of the 75 million American users, 81% are female. And if my target audience for this resource guide is equally male and female educators, I’d rather use something less stigmatized as female. Though I’ll share that I love curating lists on Pinterest to share in conference specifically when it comes to booklists. You can see one such board here.
Therefore, I picked Listly because I hadn’t every used it like some of the tools I’ve tried and forgotten because they didn’t seem useful to me (Diigo because it just didn’t speak to me, Smore because their freemium has lost its glitter, and Libguides because of its cost-prohibitiveness). It was easy to create an account and even easier to move around. Literally within five minutes I had created the title, description, and was adding my resources onto the list. The tool is WYSIWIG and that is invaluable. The next piece that is useful is how the lists can be shared: embedding on a site, but also the social media platforms like Twitter or LinkedIn. Once I have curated a perfect first list to catch the ENL teachers’ attention (I have six right now and embedded below), I’ll share it via email. In addition, the end user can provide feedback because these lists and each item in the lists are social, there’s a comment feature, a share button, and emoji and “thumbs up” responses.
Ultimately, Listly is a source I will use for sharing information with teachers and librarian colleagues and students especially where it pertains to multimedia resources. This might be one of my new favorite tools!
Update: When I’m in my editing screen and use the HTML embed code for WordPress (not the plugin because I don’t have the business plan), I can see the embedded Listly, but once I publish, I lose it. Therefore, until I can figure it out, here is the link to the Listly!