Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The *new and improved.....

well, I guess I'll have way more freetime for bloggy posts now that my role has changed at school!  Saddle up!

wallwisher er. PADLET!!
This is an oldie, but goodie!  It's basically a blank piece of online paper.  More of a collaborative whiteboard, user friendly on both ends of the spectrum--creation and user.

One word to describe: VERSATILE. Def not a #onetrickpony, seriously this tool is the swiss army knife of edTech.
Math teacher wanting to see answers to a word problem....bust out those devices & show what you know!  Reading teacher with a question about what descriptive words do you see?  The examples could go on and on....

Another bonus: kids don't have to login to join a padlet.  They can login as guests to ease the process of getting them online.

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the Padlet website.  Create a free account, it takes literally 2 minutes.  Then you're free to create as many Padlet boards as your heart desires.  They've tweaked the user interface a little, added some new groovy features.

 If you click the settings "cog" at the top of your dashboard, you can easily change the Title and Description of your board.  This is where I pose my question, and then elaborate on the types of responses I'm looking for.

New with this last update is the wallpaper choices! There are dozens of fun and engaging backgrounds for your questions.......i<3 the donuts!
Most exciting is the APP!  Yes, they've finally added both iOs and Android apps.  Your students don't have to be on an internet device anymore, they can access it through the app!  And so can you!  
This also makes posting links, pictures, and videos easier.  All they have to do is click anywhere on the board and upload their pics straight from their device.  

If you choose the freeform response format, you'll be able to click and drag their responses on a Smartboard.....sort them!  This is a great way to get them to think critically about the responses that they're seeing. If they have to sort them & think about the categories they could fall into = instant rigor. 
Last tip: use a QR code to link to your Padlet.  When you create your board, it will generate a unique address.  You can roll the dice & have your students type this into their device
or, take that internet address and create a QR code for them to scan using that address.  See this tutorial on creating QR codes in your classroom.  

I hope you'll remember this easy little platform when you're planning your lessons for next year.  Cause I know that's what you're doing this summer.....lesson planning. lol 


1 comment:

  1. Padlet is one of those apps that has a lot of potential because it's open-ended, but it's one where it's really helpful to get ideas about how others are using it. Thanks for posting this!!!