Spotlight on Strategy
Padlet is considered to be a “virtual wall” in which the teacher and students can pin text, images, or files. In the article Five Ways to Use Padlet in the Classroom (2014), author Kassondra Granata highlights different uses Padlet can have no matter what the subject. Padlet provides a cooperative learning experience in which each student can ask a question, share an insight, or answer a prompt from the teacher.
In an Edsurge article entitled Three Tips to Pump Up Student Voice in You Classroom (2015) author Ami Turner lists Padlet as a resource that can support project-based learning as it “allows students to engage in group discussions by commenting virtually in real time”. Digital communication is becoming increasingly important in today's society, and Padlet is a tool that can enhance a students' skills.
If you've never used it before, watch this video tutorial from author Richard Byrne:
In the "title" section of each pin, students can type in their name or the name of their group. After every student or group pins, we could have a class discussion where each group discusses the examples they chose.
- Use as a brainstorming tool for students/groups to write down ideas
- Use as a way to assess prior knowledge on a topic
- Use as an exit slip for students to ask questions/state something they've learned
- Have students pin images or videos that reinforce concepts taught that day
- Use as an ice-breaker for the class or groups to share information with one another
Go ahead and try it!
Byrne, R. (2013, Sept 10). How to use Padlet. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuzciL8qCYM
Granata, K. (2014). Five ways to use padlet in the classroom. Education World. Retrieved from: http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/using-padlet-in-the-classroom.shtml
Tengrrl (2013, Nov 19). Padlet homepage. Flickr. [Image file]. Retrieved from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tengrrl/10939805765/in/album-72157637814030554/
Tengrrl (2013, Nov 19). Padlet screenshots. Flickr. [Image file]. Retrieved from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tengrrl/10931055666/in/album-72157637814030554/
Turner, A. (2015 Sept 8). Three tips to pump up student voice in your classroom. Edsurge. Retrieved from: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-09-08-three-tips-to-pump-up-student-voice-in-your-classroom