Sometimes opening up the wonderful world of the Internet can be a scary thing to do when we are assigning texts for our students to read. Many teachers often provide students with a list of online texts for them to "choose" from as their 'student selected text.' I decided to try something new this term, and I had my students use an online bulletin board called Padlet to record the articles the choose to read.
As part of this particular assignment, the students were asked to choose an animal that migrates that they would like to know more about. They were then shown the padlet (that was set up ahead of time) and asked to copy and paste the hyperlink to any website they used to locate the information needed to complete their assignment.
By doing this, I was able to keep track of the articles that my students were using, and they were able to easily share with others in their group who were reading about a similar topic. They really enjoyed knowing that they had the freedom to explore the internet for their own information to aid in completing the create task of their assignment.