Padlet is a versatile, easy to use tool for every teacher's toolkit. Let's learn the basics. At the bottom of this post, I have a Padlet that is temporarily open for you to post and share your favorite edtech tools.
What you can share on Padlet:
- Record Your Voice
- Add a Hyperlink
- Add a Photo
- Add a Document
The flexibility of this tool means you could have one class Padlet for the year and share resources and links throughout the year. (Particularly if you set it up in “flow” style as shown below.)
Security and Control
How you can give the students the link to the Padlet:
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Kids get a bit excited and sometimes silly. When they are done and get it out of their system, delete the Padlet and go onto the real activity. Glad to see another teacher seeks kids get excited. Both Richard and I recommend this as best practice in the workshops we give.
How can I use Padlet in the Classroom?
- For younger classes, use it as a portfolio to share with parents. Snap pictures of student work and share them.
- Richard Byrne says you can use it almost as a blog.
- Have a class Padlet and put the links to everything else in it. Set the student web browsers to start with that page. If you set it to flow, the work is already at the top. Students will know quickly what they are doing that day.
- Have kids sort pictures on Padlet to classify them (and use the Interactive White Board (IWB)).
- Use it as a class backchannel and have discussions on it.
- Have students work a problem, and snap a picture of how they worked it.
Dig Deeper…More Resources
- Richard Byrne has written blog posts and recorded many tutorials
- Tom Barrett has a fantastic Google Presentation “32 Ways to Use Padlet in the Classroom” that you should review
- Classroom 21 Wikispaces on Padlet
- Matt Miller's 20 Useful Ways to use Padlet in the Classroom Now
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