A Few Ways I’m using Padlet

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Padlet is one of our new district edtech resources and I am excited about to use it! OUHSD has the pro subscription coming soon, but in the meantime we can use the free version to create a few Padlets. (Just go to Padlet.com and sign in with google!)  Padlet is basically an online bulletin board where students can add digital post-it notes. However, unlike a traditional bulletin board, you have endless wall space and students can access the information from anywhere that they have an internet connection. And unlike a traditional post-it note, students can add images, videos, and links in addition to text. They can also comment, upvote, and organize these post-its! 

Here are a few of the ways I am using Padlet in my classroom:

I'd love to hear how you are using Padlet in the comment section below! 

1. Creating Peer Mentors: When we are learning a new skill, like embedding quotes or using transition words, I ask students to add their sentence to a padlet. Then, they up vote the best examples and we discuss characteristics of the quality answers. It is really powerful for students to use real time peer writing as mentor texts and students love when their sentence gets picked by classmates. Click here if you want a copy of the note-taking sheet that we used with this activity. (If you want to use it, please don't request access! Click File > Make a Copy!) Here's a screenshot of my students using padlet to identify speaker, occasion, audience and purpose while practicing the expectations of high school writing conventions.

2. Brainstorming: They say that the smartest person in the room is the room.
Collaborative brainstorming usually leads to better creations for everyone but when we brainstorm in whole group discussion, less vocal students and students who take longer to process information can be left out of the conversation. Padlet makes it easy for all students to contribute ideas at their own pace. Below is a screenshot of students brainstorming ideas at a summer college application boot camp.  The resulting list of ideas sparked a lot of wonderful topics that may have been overlooked.

3. Sharing Resources: When we are exploring a new topic, Padlet is a great way for students to share resources that they collect, which, as a bonus, can de-center the teacher as the keeper of knowledge. For example, our next unit focuses on inquiry about ways that technology is changing language and the way we communicate. My students will search for images, memes, videos, articles and other resources related to the unit and add them to the Padlet. We will use their resources in writing assignments throughout the unit. This is a quick and easy way to give students more voice in the curriculum. Follow me on twitter if you want to see how this one works out! I'm sure I'll be tweeting about it in the next few weeks.

4. Sharing Screencasts and other Video Projects: Sometimes when  my students create screencasts and video projects, I want them to share them with each other but not necessarily play them on  the big screen one at a time. Padlet is the easiest way for students to share videos. Here's a screenshot of students sharing short screencasts about what motivates them.

5. Curating Professional Resources: I've been lucky to attend PD opportunities where professional resources were shared using padlet. At Oxnard U, Mona Piñon shared a padlet full of growth mindset resources and at the OUHSD blogging cooperative, Jenn Brickey helped us create a collaborative padlet of resources to support blogging in the classroom.

I'd love to hear how you are planning to use Padlet!  Leave a question, comment, suggestion, or idea in the comment section below and we can keep the conversation going!  I hope you are all off to a fantastic new school year. 

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