Okay, last week I was introduced to one of the neatest interactive websites called Padlet. As I have I learned about this site, I found that it used to be called “Wallwisher”. No matter the name, the benefits this website brings is endless. Let me explain how. Well, to begin with,Padlet is a great tool to use instead of a boring worksheet. It works like this:
The teacher builds a wall from a cute assortment of backgrounds. Then, he/she creates a topic for this board. Let’s say we’re reading the book… Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Dicamillo. The teacher can use the wall board to create discussion prompts, such as making predictions, creating new title, main idea, character traits, creating a new ending, etc..
The students can post from their ipad or other supportive device right to the teacher’s wall. Once the teacher syncs, the wall will contain everyone’s responses. Bye-bye Post-Its, Hello Padlet! (Well, I do love Post-Its, so that would not be good). A great way to do a formative assessment? I think, YES!
Post-It way???….. OR check out the YouTube video in my prior post….
So many nifty other ways you can use Padlet that benefit students and teachers…
- Math problem solving
- Building vocabulary (synonyms, antonyms, idioms, definitions)
- Making hypotheses
- Sequencing events
- Defending an argument
- Exit Tickets
- Ice Breakers
- Staff Developments
- Parent Orientations
Padlet is user friendly and very quick to set up. I learned how to use the tool in less than an hour by watching YouTube videos and reading about Padlet from doing a Google search.
This next year, my elementary campus will be achieving more with our newly adopted, “Worksheet-Free Wednesdays”!!! On Wednesdays, our students will be educated by doing things, such as hands-on learning, creative play, investigating, being innovative and using technology. The sky is the limit! I think tools such as Padlet and Doceri will be great resources for our little ones to discover new, big, and better ways learning.
To give Padlet a try, visit http://www.padlet.com
This QR code is a link to a school safety wall I will use for a staff development meeting. It is a work in progress and not yet finished. Works best with ipad.