Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Padlet: The New Wallwisher

Ways to Use Padlet In Your Classroom

I loved Wallwisher as a class "concept" bulletin board in my classroom. It was a great way to collaborate ideas. Recently Wallwisher was replaced by Padlet. It is the same idea with some added benefits.  This is a great way for groups or classes to collaborate ideas together. I have used shared walls in many ways in the classroom. Padlet is a great tool to work online toshare ideas, collaborate research, build content understanding and develop shared projects. Below are some ways you can use Padlet in the classroom.

Padlet as a KWL chart:
Padlet can be used to create a KWL chart that students can contribute to. Create a wall, make it public, and ask students to share what they know and what they want to know about a topic. This can be revisited and added to as the unit continues. 

Padlet for group research:
Padlet can be used as a data collection spot for a group/class research project. As students research and find information, they add text, web links, or video links to the wall. Then all other students have access to the information and can use it. When the data collection is complete view the wall as a class and learn all that others had found.

Padlet for teaching vocabulary:
Padlet can be used as an Academic Vocabulary learning tool. Introduce a new word or concept and have students add student friendly text definitions,  images, or drawings that define the term.  Look at the wall as a whole concept for the new term and discuss as a whole class. This can give students a new perspective to the terms. 

Padlet as a landing spot for displaying student work
Padlet can be a project display launch-pad. If you are having students produce online presentations, audio, videos, or other linkable projects have them stored and displayed in one spot. Have students link online projects on a wall so they are all accessible for all students from one central location.

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