Sunday, May 12, 2013

Tech Tip: Padlet (The New Wallwisher)

Tech Tips
Issue 21

This Tech Tip will look into an online wall making tool called Padlet. This is a great way for groups or classes to collaborate ideas together. Padlet is a great tool to work online to share 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 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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