My school just had a Teacher institute day and our principle used during his session. We were having a discussions about test scores and other important data. Padlet made it very easy to become engaged and informed at the same time. I have not used this in my classroom but some of my colleagues have and love it. One of our history teachers requires a Padlet page for his group projects. Each student must contribute to the page as evidence of group collaboration. He chose to add this because he needed gradable proof of collaboration amongst group members. The school where I teach just mandated that every teach must be able to deliver content electronically to students on weather or emergency related school closings days. Padlet is the perfect tool for that job because of all of its great features.
Here is a screen shot of a an empty padlet that took me less than 1o minutes to setup.
This program is very easy to use for both teachers and students. The user interface is intuitive further enhancing it`s ease use use. These padlet`s are fully customizable which is great for kids to get them fully engaged.
also has privacy controls that help safeguard students and keep out unwanted posts. I have included a screenshot of the privacy setup page to show all of the setting that are available.
There are numerous activities that work very well with padlet.
1)Bell ringer activities — You can prompt students to summarize what they remember from the previous day’s lesson.
2)Webquests. – Webquests are great for student engagement and Padlet is a wonderful launching pad.
3) Homework posting- Padlet is a great place to post class assignments and see past assignments.
4)Syllabus and Rubrics- Again padlet is a great fun place to place syllabus`s and rubrics for assignments.
5) Exit Tickets
6)Class binder or portfolio-I read that some teachers require student create their own padlet and post it`s link on teachers padlet. Students then post all homework and documents. You can post everything in PDF form. You can also post videos,powerpoint,prezi`s and many other formats. ( no more excuses).
Other great feature of Padlet id the ease in which teachers or students can embed your walls in a blog, wiki or website.
A final feature that is important to anyone that is a little less tech literate is the available help functions. These are all right at your finger tips.