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Padlet

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Padlet is app/website that can be used for personal use, businesses or educational settings. It allows you to open new pads (what I like to think of as note pads) and add notes to it. You may attach things to these notes such as documents, videos, pictures, audio and any other type of links. It is a great way for sharing and storing ideas, or becoming organized in the classroom to have a common place for admin, teachers, students and parents to see lesson plans, student work, classroom resources and anything else one would decide to post.

 

Pictured above is an example of how I could use Padlet in class when having students work in groups to identify main characters of To Kill a Mockingbird, while describing who they are. Potentially, these students could be working with another classroom that is working on the same material, and they could be collaborating in some way. By using Padlet, students can create, collaborate, analyze and evaluate. These are all higher order thinking skills from the SAMR model, as they are also 21st century skills for the Common Core Standards. Depending on how a teacher decides to use this app/website in their classroom, it can be used for such higher order thinking skills rather than just acting like a substitute. For example, it would be a great idea for students to film themselves and upload it as a video to teach other students about a specific character, element on a plot chart or any literary element. 

This video can help you get started with creating a Padlet, how to use it in the classroom and why it is useful.

This website explains Padlet and tells us 20 different ways we could use it in the classroom.

This website is a teachers guide to using Padlet in class, along with a tutorial to create one.

This website tells us another 5 ways to use Padlet, including how to formatively assess students.

Padlet is also great for students that struggle with speaking out during class discussion. Students can share each others work instead of their own, they could share from their seat without having to get up or they could just put down the information while I share what they came up with to begin getting them comfortable with sharing in class. However, it is great for students that struggle in a classroom setting for various reasons: it is great for visual learners, potentially keeping them engaged due to the different backgrounds and photos/videos added, links to audiobooks could be available for students that struggle with reading and students that struggle with getting work done on time (or remembering to do it) could have a place to see the assignments ahead of time to get a head start.