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Learning Playlists

posted Jun 6, 2013, 11:40 AM by Adrienne DeWolfe   [ updated Feb 21, 2014, 2:48 PM ]

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What are learning playlists? 
Learning playlists are curated resources on a topic packaged for linear or non-linear learning. Resources can include websites, video or other multimedia. Teachers have long been curating content for students and providing a list of links, so what's the big deal? Playlists, using tools like mentormob or teachem, guide students to those links and resources while allowing them to remain on a single page and not get lost in a trail of open windows. They also allow for differentiation and choice with learners selecting their pathways. It's a simple but brilliant idea that I learned about from Susan Oxnevad. See Susan's article in Getting Smart. Both allow for users to share their Learning Playlists or Classes with the community and broaden the collective resources. 
Learning Playlists

Mentormob, now called Lesson Paths (1/2014), creates a stream-like list which it calls a Playlist with steps, guiding questions and descriptions. I've embedded a mentormob playlist on Anne Frank below. Students can go through each step linearly or using preview, can jump to a particular step or resource. Mentormob can be embedded on a wiki or site. 

Teachem creates a learning playlist, called a Class, with YouTube videos. You can also add interactive flashcards to a class. Students can take SmartNotes while learning and email teachers their flashcards and SmartNotes.