There are three websites that I use quite a bit that are rarely ever discussed in education. I wanted to take time to share them because I think that they can be valuable tools for other educators to gain insight and find answers to questions. If you use these tools I would love to hear from you about how they have helped you. If you use other sites that are rarely discussed I would love to hear about them as well!
1. Quora – This is a great website that I use to pose questions when seeking answers to ideas in my head for either life in general or education. Quora is basically a question and answer website which is nothing new. What I like about this site is that I can track my own questions and most of the time I receive valuable feedback. Many times the feedback are answers that I don’t receive from Twitter or other spaces. The population of users are much different or at least it seems that way.
The other way I use this site is to find inspiration in other questions people have posted. I will follow key questions and use that as a way to learn more. Additionally, I try on the weekend to take time and answer questions to be helpful in returning the favor for those that help me out.
2. Hugdug – This is not so much of a tool, but a site I came across because of Seth Godin. I am an avid of his and this is one of his projects where basically you submit reviews of anything and as people read, view, and potentially buy the product the money will then go to charity. It is a great site and one that I make sure to post all my book reviews to as I finish them up. You can see some of my posts. (feel free to support my reviews!)I like the layout. I like how there is a bit of randomness to it. I like that I could potentially help out a charity by sharing my opinions. I have been using this site for a few weeks and will continue to do so. A great way to feel good about yourself without having to do a bunch of extra work.
3. Reddit – is another social network platform that allows you to post questions, share content, collaborate, and more. What I like about Reddit is the simplicity. I don’t go to this site all the time, but when I do I become consumed in the content and waste hours. I love when celebrities or famous people do Q and A sessions and you can ask questions and follow along. I have started to post some content on here, but am more of a lurker at this point.
This tool could really help educators find content or answers to items they need help with. I think it is important to branch out of the education world for input to receive a diverse perspective on things.