For the worlds of technology and education to come together, a teacher really needs something that will work on any device, that is quick to learn and easy to use. For a tool to be effective and long lasting, it has to be versatile.
One of my favorite tools, which meets all of the criteria just laid out for use in the classroom is Padlet. As an Instructional Technologist, I love when I find products for multiple grade levels and content areas. Padlet is just that kind of instrument for your bag of tricks.
There are endless ideas and ways of using it. There is a quick list at the end of this article, but one of the easiest ways to get your feet wet using Padlet is to use it as a place for students to turn their work in to you.
This works well if they’ve created projects with an online tool giving them a url/link to the finished product. They can post those links to your padlet wall. From here, you can launch each presentation from one place. Just as easily, you can post a question and have your students write their answers on your wall. (If you teach multiple class periods, I would recommend setting up a separate wall for each class.) In either scenario, the students love seeing their post go up in real time. Another option may be that you use Padlet for a presentation or to house resources for your students.
If you need more or just want a quick glimpse into how this works, go to https://youtu.be/KHWRi54nCn8
→ You will need to register, for the system to save your Padlets (students, parents, teachers, etc. don’t need to register in order to post on the walls/padlets you create)
→ It is Free
→ Flexible privacy settings
→ Flexible sharing options (link, embed and it automatically creates a QR code)
→ Custom naming in the URL is an option
→ Flexible layout
→ Can be used on any device with internet access
→ Drag and Drop functionality
→ Auto saves
→ Easy to edit
→ Having notifications sent when students add to your wall is an option
→ Moderation of posts is available
→ Multimedia is a speciality - add videos, pictures, links, documents, text, audio, etc.
→ Those who post on your wall will be able to see all other posts, but it can be set so others won’t be able to edit or move them, but you can.
→ Customize the padlet title and description
35 Ideas for using Padlet in the classroom
- Warm ups (check out this “Word of the Day” example by Mr. Sha’s class http://padlet.com/coffeebite/1rbmyjr47x)
- Exit tickets
- Check for understanding (take a look at this wall on polygons http://padlet.com/mkmiller/polygonsinourworld by Mr. Miller)
- Collecting and sharing resources
- Collecting student projects
- To create a timeline (check out this amazing example - it scrolls from side to side http://padlet.com/l_smith/vjuctipuqp)
- To create a collaborative space for groups to work
- Notes for your substitute
- Labeling a map
- Keep all of your QR codes in one place
- Venn diagrams
- Managing tasks (see the “My Tasks” wallpaper)
- Organization of ideas, brainstorming sessions
- Posting of opinions or questions
- Book Reviews (can also be “book talks”, as audio can also be uploaded)
- Summaries and reviews before a big test
- Collect feedback
- “All about me” board/wall for teacher, club, team or students
- Digital thank you, birthday, school board appreciation card(s)
- Publish student writing and make privacy settings so that only parents can view
- Story creation - where one student starts the story, others add on one at a time
- Collaborate with another class on one wall together
- Have students make predictions before reading a story
- Have a wall for parents to post messages of good luck or congratulations to your class or individual student
- Post a video and have students post responses
- Create a vocabulary board
- Portfolio of student work
- Collaborate on a wall of resources with your team or other teachers in your content area
- An ongoing question board during your lessons, after the instruction part, go in and answer the questions either on the board or out loud - using it as a backchannel of sorts
- Notice boards
- Planning events
- Send one to an author with questions from the class
- Create a wall for student questions before a project begins and keep it going through the project
With the examples above, you can see how truly versatile Padlet is. When you dive in and start to create your own, you’ll appreciate how easy and quick it is while coming up with your own amazing uses!
Here is a screenshot of my Padlet account in use. Now go try it yourself!
About the Author
Julie Lyle has been an Instructional Technologist at the Argyle Independent School District in Argyle, Texas for the last three 3 years. Prior to that, she taught 5th & 6th grade Art. In her life before education she was a graphic designer for 19 years.
Teaching adjunct college classes in Color Theory and Rendering gave her a glimpse into education, which lead her to teach Art in the K-12 world. She is a fan of sailing, scuba diving, SUP and anything creative!
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