If you are a classroom teacher, chances are you have done the "write your idea on a post-it note and add it to the poster" activity. When I was a beginning teacher, it was one of my go to collaboration strategies. However, soon you find your classroom dripping with posters covered in post-it notes and your bank balance suffering because all you seem to do is buy more post-it notes. Don't even then think about how wasteful it is. Needless to say, I eventually started to limit my post-it note fuelled classroom brainstorming sessions.
BUT.... what do I do instead?
How it works
And to illustrate just how useful a tool it can be - I made a Padlet to demonstrate! As you can see, Padlet's can be shared. You can embed the code on class website, print it, save it as an image/PDF or broadcast it on a social media platform. Explore what Padlet can do and learn a little more on my example below:
Ideas for the classroom
- Basic brainstorming - check! My class used it to brainstorm spelling words with our phoneme of the week and it was brilliant. I had trouble stopping them and by the end I could barely see the wall - talk about motivation! Any kind of brainstorming or collaborative note taking will work here.
- Replace that KWLH chart - create a wall instead!
- Warm up - what do you remember from the previous lesson?
- Question time - what questions do you have from today's lesson?
- Exit ticket at the end of the day/lesson - what did you learn today?
- With a novel study - predictions, character profiles or story maps
- History - timelines
- Geography - labelling maps
- Science - Recording steps and results of an experiment
- Research - gather webpages, videos and pictures for assignments
- Use it as a document hub - links to newsletters, homework or assignment sheets
- A presentation tool - so long Power Point
- Image tagging - set a picture as the background (such as a map or diagram) so that students can tag or label parts of the image
- Gather global responses for a research project - put a question out there for the world to respond to
Getting you kids onto a Padlet wall that you have created is as simple as sharing the link to it, which they can then pop straight into their browser. You can customise the address of your wall to something easy to communicate or you can host the link on a LMS (Learning Management System) such as Edmodo or a class website for super quick access.
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog entry. I would be interested to know how other teachers are using Padlet in their classrooms or if they are using something different. Leave me a comment and let me know!