What is Padlet?
For all practical purposes, Padlet is a digital bulletin board that can be used in the classroom for collaboration, student presentations, posters, and more. You can add videos, text, images and links to your bulletin board to save information for later or for presenting information to the class. It's great for group-work, brainstorming activities, as well as student projects! Here's some more information on the power of padlet, how to get started as well as how to use it in the classroom.
10 Ways to use padlet to collaborate and encourage student voice in the classroom.
1. Brainstorming Activities: Create a board for students where they need to discuss a topic. Students can share ideas and you can discuss some of them with the whole class. Remember, you can make submissions anonymous and even monitor them before they get posted.
Let’s try it out for this post. I created a padlet to share lesson ideas using this app. Why not share them with everyone? How do you use Padlet in your classroom apart from the ones that are already in this list?Just click on this link, and start collaborating. I’m curious about how many ideas we’ll get! Nothing to contribute? Then just take a look! After a while, the board should contain a lot of fun classroom Padlet ideas.
2. A Communication Stream:
You can use the Padlet stream layout to create a live communication stream during your lesson. Students could post questions they have during note taking, and at the end you can go back and address them, even better, maybe another student already answered it for them!
3. Peer Feedback:
Let students add two ‘tops’ and one ‘tip’ on the Padlet wall of their fellow student who just finished his presentation. Tops are things the student did well and a tip could be something the student should improve the next time.
4. Video Responses:
Students can create quick video responses to a prompt or create "visual vocabulary" videos for a class vocabulary list. Or use the video option as a brain break and let kids create a quick video about silly question to let them have a little fun. Make sure to have rules in place and to monitor the videos. Sometimes kids have a little "too" much fun.
5. Note taking:
While listening to the teacher, students can work together and add notes to a Padlet wall to create a wall with resources they can use later on or students can create a Padlet of extra resources from online that they've found for additional practice.
6. Research Walls:
Students can create a wall to post on-line research to. This could be for a group or individual project. One idea is use it for current events. You could let a student add an article on the Padlet board for the next day. Every day a different student has to add another article. A fun way to go through the current events of the week.
7. Literary Analysis:
Have students create a Padlet and add examples from the book based on different literary techniques. For example, if you're working on character development have your students cite quotes from the book that describe the character one day, and then the next day you can have students find an image of a famous person who could play the role of a specific character in a movie and justify why based on their citations.
8. Tapping into Prior Knowledge:
Try to figure out what students already know about the topic you’re about to teach. What prior knowledge do your students have about that particular topic and what don’t they know? Students just post their knowledge on Padlet, so you can see how to build your lesson or where your next lesson should go.
9. Unit Objective Checklist:
Students can demonstrate their understanding of unit objectives by adding a demonstration of understanding to their Padlet for each objective. They can upload assignments or assessments you've given them in class, use the video feature to demonstrate understanding orally, or use the text feature to demonstrate in writing.
10. Make an infographic, mindmap or poster:
Padlet is also a great presentation tool, so students individually or in groups can create and share their visual understanding of content. Being able to add, videos, images, and text allows students to show their creative side and share it with their peers.
Docs Teach - build custom activities for students using this resource from the National Archives
CNN Student News - daily updated 10 minutes news program, additional resources available for teachers
National Jukebox - Library of Congress collection of historic audio files
BBC Primary History - examine primary resources on selected time periods, including World War II and Ancient Greeks
Critical Past - collection of stock footage, mostly from 1930's through 1950's, from news reels
American Rhetoric - audio and text from some of the most important speeches in American history
New York Times Learning Network - daily updated site with detailed lesson plans based on current events
C-SPAN Classroom - collection of government, history and civics resources from an established leader
History Pin - search a map for video, audio and pictures associated with a specific place on the map
iCivics - a wide variety of high quality games to teach civics, includes a presidential election game
DOGOnews is a great app to keep teachers updated on global news and current events.
Smithsonian History Explorer - lesson plans and artifact information from the American History Museum Smithsonian
TimeMaps-Both an atlas and an encyclopedia of all the world's history.
Cagle Post Editorial Cartoons - large collection of editorial cartoons on current events, site includes a teacher's guide
Teaching Tolerance - thought-provoking resources that promote social justice and help teachers manipulate tough conversations in the classroom.
The Object of History - Museum of American History Smithsonian staff provide in depth look at specific objects in collection
PenPal Schools - Create a relationship between your classroom and that from another classroom with a safe pen-paling platform.
Newseum's Today's Front Pages - copies of newspaper front pages from all over the world
Scribble Maps - create online maps with your own notes and annotations
The Living Room Candidate - amazing collection of historical and current presidential campaign ads on video, many accompanying resources
Mission US - interactive simulation for students based on Boston in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War
Eyewitness to History - read accounts of historical events from the people who saw it happen
EDSITEment - high quality collection of the best resources available to teachers
Sometimes it's hard to imagine the day-to-day use of technology in the classroom, but for any content area, there is always a place for students to demonstrate what they know. Why not add a creative twist to your assignment by adding a tech tool to enhance student creativity while demonstrating learning. Here are some ideas of how you can transform a student project into a digital masterpiece.
1. They say if you can teach it, then you know it, so why not have students demonstrate their understanding and creativity at the same time by creating a virtual storybook or how-to booklet with Storyjumper.
Students can add stock images or images from the internet as well as videos. In addition, they can record their voices reading each page. Reaching my student's stories made grading fun and easy. Check out the math sample below!
2. Looking for an alternative to the poster project or brochure to blend the visual with the verbal? Create a digital poster board and give students the opportunity to create professional style posters, infographics, logos, flyers and brochures with Canva or Google Drawings.
These outlets provide students to be creative without having to be artistic. Also, these look great on your wall or around your room. Instant student-created decor! Check out the Google Drawing and Canva samples below.
3. Want to bring social media into your classroom without actually bringing social media into your classroom? Have students create biographies, autobiographies, magazines and comic books using some of these Google drawing and Google slide-show templates.
These templates would be great for start of the year activities as well as historical figure biographies. Below is a sample of the twitter template. Students just plug in information and images into the boxes provided. It's that simple!
4. Students do assignments for teachers everyday, which is an audience of one. Why not not give their work a greater reach, and have them create something for an audience that's important to them. Have students create a podcast, radio show or interview with Anchor or Soundtrap.
Podcasts are great for students to share how-to information, research as well as practice their interview skills. Here's an example of a book review podcast.
5. Love video projects but hate worrying about who has access to what? Well fear no more, TTSD provides teachers and students with WeVideo accounts so that students can collaborate and create videos both inside and outside of the classroom on one platform. Students can record using a green screen effect, insert images and video from outside sources and include fun transitions and text to their project. Best part of WeVideo, students can collaborate and work on one video, which solves the great "group-project" mystery. Check out a sample for a physics class below!
See something you like, but want some help learning the platform or would like me to come co-teach your class the day you introduce something new? Sign-up for some 1:1 instructional time with mehere.
What is Google Classroom?
Why are Educators Everywhere Using it?
How do I get my first classroom set-up?
Click on the image above to go to the Google Training Center for Educators to find helpful videos and guides to get you started using google classroom.
.Formative assessments allow for a quick snapshot of student learning in class. It’s an ongoing process that can happen anytime during a lesson regardless of content area. We use the data collected through formative assessments as a feedback system between student learning and teacher instruction. Here are 9 of my favorite free tech tools that will fit seamlessly into your lesson to gather data and provide instant feedback for your students.
1- Play a Game:
‘Kahoot! Create a multiple choice game or search and edit games made by others. Questions appear on a shared screen and you answer on your own device.
Quizlet Live: After creating your vocabulary list, students will be automatically placed into teams. A definition will appear for one of your terms, and only one of the members will have the correct term on their screen. Students race to get 11 correct unbroken and can see the results in real time.
Quizizz : Very similar to Kahoot, but provides more detailed and student-level data.
2. Create a Quiz, Question, or Poll:
Socrative: With Socrative you can initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races all with their Socrative Teacher app. Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide visuals of results.
Go Formative: Formative assignments, assessments and homework automatically display student work as-it-happens and keep track of student growth to standards.Create a quiz or upload a document and add places for students to respond. Students can draw on their device, type answers, or use a variety of methods all updated live on your screen as students enter their answer.
Nearpod: The Nearpod platform enables teachers to create an interactive presentation with their slides. They can insert interactive slides for collaboration, real-time assessment, or demonstration of student work. Teacher's can share student responses to questions and collect data in the meantime.
3-Providing Students with a digital voice:
Verso: Students download the app and input their responses to the assignment. They can then post their comments and respond to the comments of others. The teacher can group responses and check engagement levels as well as keep student responses anonymous.
Flipgrid: Students can record video responses to a class question as well as post comments and respond to the comments of others. Teacher's can provide feedback to responses directly from the app.
Todaysmeet: This online collaboration tool allows educators to create a “room” in which students can share ideas, answers, and thoughts to lectures and lessons. Educators can view student responses in real time for evidence of learning.
Google Classroom: Create a question and allow students to respond/reply and post answers in real-time.