While I have been using padlet in my classroom teaching, I was only recently introduced to it being used for teacher training when I did my Cambridge Professional Development Qualification training recently. Padlet is one of the easiest tech tool to use in a classroom or a training programme. Let me share some of the ways I use
Padlet With Students
1. As a KWL chart: Use it as a collaborative tool in class with students. It works fabulously as a KWL chart. What padlet does is to provide you with a blank screen for you to use it any which way you wish too. It is like an e-chart paper. Students can join in using their email or username. Getting students to fill in the chart before class helps in modifying the lesson plan to best address their needs. When used during the unit, helps one to calibrate the teaching. Can be used very successfully at the end of a unit as well. The comments students add can carry their name or remain anonymous as you decide.
2. As a platform to share learning: Students can post their favorite videos or articles that they are using for their research. The class can view the sources and then have a robust group discussion.
3. Reflection or prompt sheet: Students can use padlet as a reflection sheet. They can read the reflections of their peers. Students can also use it as a prompt sheet where they can pose their questions that they are struggling with for their peers to answer.
4. Active sharing portal: Let students share their book reviews, favorite holiday memories, best learning experience through padlet. There are limitless ways that you can engage students to collaborate and share through padlet thereby personalizing their learning.
“Tech gives the quietest student a voice” – Jerry Blumengarten
Padlet With Colleagues
1. Collaboration: Can be used as a great tool for collaboration. When teachers work on their unit plans, meeting agendas, collating minutes of meetings, sharing resources.
2. Professional Development: I use padlet for professional development activities. Use it as a KWL as mentioned above, or for sharing their training tasks reading the work of their colleagues and commenting on the same.
3. Induction: Using padlet for induction has been successful for me. It is easy to put out the reading material, videos and presentation. New teachers can read and comment easily. The same padlet can be used for other new joinees. The padlet can be saved as a PDF file and shared for future reference.
4. Temporary library: When working on a policy, white paper, presentation or writing I also use padlet as a temporary library. Simply add the links, videos, articles etc to the . padlet wall for future reference.
5. Homework Wall: Teachers can post homework or assignments for students on a common wall as a collaborative exercise or for their own subject.
So, go ahead and try padlet. Let me know what you think of it. Believe me it is easier than it reads!
“Technology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers is transformational.” George Couros