Hi, everyone. I’m glad that I was being introduced on this new media by one of my classmates, Mastina during our group discussion. I found this simple, installation free and versatile tool is beneficial for all level of students. Installation free means we do not need to install the application because it is in the cloud like Google Docs. But, of course, there must be an internet connection in order to use Padlet.
Padlet: A virtual wall whereby everyone can share their ideas on the same common topic. It’s like a sticky note. The fun thing is that when a teacher asks a question in the Padlet, all the students can reply with not only texts but with video, image, links and audio. You can even record your own voice! Also, you can save Padlet in Excel, CSV and PDF form for future reference. Not to forget, you can access Padlet using any device, computer, laptop, mobile phones, tab and so forth. Isn’t it fun and useful?
Hypermedia that can be used to Reply Teacher/ Peers’ Question
Moving on, I will share the 20 useful ways of using Padlet. They are helpful for teaching and learning in the classroom 🙂
- Bell ringer activity – Teacher asks students to summarize what they have learnt in the previous lesson and then teacher can revise and improvise the lesson later.
- Predicting activity – When the teacher introduces the new content, teacher can stop and let them predict what will happen next with notes on a Padlet. Then, refer to Padlet and see how close students’ guesses were.
- Collaborative notetaking – During a presentation, students can work together to add notes to Padlet to ease them to refer in the future.
- Event planning – If planning a party or fieldtrip, all the information such as photos of destination, the list of members and other websites can go on a Padlet.
- Living webquest – Students can create a living Webquest where new links are added continually. Teacher can create questions at the end of the activity to the links available at that time.
- Exit ticket – Teachers use Padlet as the wrap up of the lesson like ‘What did you learn today?’ and students have to answer it.
- QR code Padlet gallery – Teacher can ask the students to print out the QR code on the certain topic (use ‘Share/ Export’ button on the right) and related image and/ or title. Then, place the QR codes around the room so students can see each other’s work.
- Ask for suggestions or ideas – Teacher can ask the parents to share the ideas for improving. To avoid flame war, the teacher can approve or disapprove before the ideas sent out on the wall. (by Setting > Privacy > Moderate posts).
- Class document hub – Teacher can upload important class files to Padlet so that students can download them anytime.
- Whiteboard answers – For more engaging lesson, the students can snap a photo of themselves holding the whiteboard or paper in response to the teacher’s question. Then, post it to the Padlet.
- Field trip documentation – Teachers can upload the photos using mobile devices and give the link for the photos to the parents so that they can see the updates of the field trip.
- Poster presentation – Replace poster boards with Padlet. With Padlet, students can add images, information and links. Then, embed them in the class website.
- Research resource gathering – Students can create their own Padlets to hold ideas, sources and etc. for research. They can refer the information without losing any papers and friends who are absent are able refer it too.
- Class/club updates – For important announcement or share any photos.
- Collect videos to share in class – Teacher can collect all the YouTube videos in one place and also create a link of it, then share it in the Padlet so that the absent students are able to catch up.
- Sub lesson plans – In case a teacher will be absent in the class, he or she can create links, add photos or post videos for the reference of the substitute teachers, to avoid miscommunication.
- Interactive storytelling – Teacher create a story and ask students to continue the story. So, the students can use their creativity and type it in the Padlet.
- Image tagging – Students can upload a picture as the Padlet background and have other students to post notes on the wall regarding the picture.
- Introductions – Students use introductory Padlet to introduce themselves at the beginning of the school year.
- Gather responses globally – The Padlet link that is created can be posted to Twitter, Facebook, blogs and etc. Responses are from worldwide.
As shown below is the example of the Padlet wall:
Links on how to use Padlet: