Classroom projects and assignments can sometimes be tedious for students and not often interactive or collaborative with the entire class. There are so many tools in technology that can assist a teacher in creating assignments that are just the opposite. While looking through Richard Byrne’s blog Free Technology for Teachers, I read the post How to Create a Padlet Wall for your Classroom, which contained a video in which Richard Byrne discussed and demonstrated how to use the cool tool Padlet. Padlet is a perfect example of a technology tool that can make doing classroom assignment engaging as well as collaborative among the entire classroom. Viewing Richard Byrne’s blog post would be very helpful to be able to know how to use Padlet. While Byrne’s post contains a very informative YouTube video, it is a bit lengthy. If you would like to view a less time-consuming video about the potential uses of Padlet as well as how to use it, watch the video embedded below:
When creating a “wall” on Padlet, you essentially start with a large blank wall that you can add text boxes, pictures, or files to. All you have to do to add something anywhere on your wall is double click! A wallpaper would most likely be one of the first things that you would add to your wall, which you can either choose from the many templates Padlet has to offer, or you can upload
your own wallpaper from your computer. You can also add a title and description to your wall depending on what you are using it for. The layout of the posts on your wall can either be free form or stream. If the layout was in free form, then the posts could essentially be placed anywhere on the wall. A stream would have posts one after the other. Depending on the way that you utilize Padlet, the option is really up to the creator of the wall.
There are many different ways that a wall can be used in Padlet. A teacher could create a wall and ask his/her students to each post one thing that they learned about the lesson for the day. This would be a fun way to assess the students. Another way that Padlet can be utilized is through group or individual projects. Tom Barrett actually created a Google Presentation that is called “32 Interesting Ways to Use Padlet in the Classroom.” The presentation is embedded below, and you can see how many great uses there are for this tool!
There are so many ways that this tool can be used that some people probably haven’t even thought of yet. Similar to being able to share and collaborate on a Google Doc or Google Presentation, you can also share and collaborate on a wall in Padlet. A password can be given to the wall that will allow only people with the link and password to be able to access and add to
the wall. When sharing a Padlet wall, you can share it through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, Pinterest, or Linkedin. You additionally can export the wall to a PDF file, Excel file, or CSV. Depending on the format of your wall, this could potentially be beneficial. Padlet even creates a QR code for your Padlet wall! Padlet can also be used on iOS and Android devices.
I personally really like the idea of assessing students through the use of Padlet. I decided to make my own wall on Padlet to demonstrate how I would use the tool to do so. I pretended to be a 4th grade teacher working on social studies with my class. In order to create a Padlet that was relevant to an actual 4th grade classroom, I took a look at the North Carolina Essential Standards and examined the 4th grade social studies essential standards. The objective that I dealt with is as follows: “4.H.2.2 – Explain the historical significance of North Carolina’s state symbols.” I would have created a wall that my students had the link to and I would have assigned each of them a symbol. They would then add their symbol and a picture of the symbol to the wall. Since I would want them to know how important it is to use pictures online appropriately, I would have them collaborate on a Google Doc with all of the sources. Since you can link to web pages, I posted the Google Doc on the Padlet wall so that it can be opened and viewed by anyone! Below is an example of how I would want the Padlet to look:
In order for you to see exactly how Padlet works, rather than commenting the traditional way below, I have created a Padlet wall that you can “comment” on. There are some directions in the description box on the wall that gives you an idea about what to write. Go add comments to the wall!
Check out some of these other great resources for information about using Padlet below:
- Padlet’s own blog! – A blog created by Padlet that has multiple blog posts. Some of these posts contain multiple ways that you can use Padlet in the classroom!
- Padlet Streams – A Simple Way to Create a Group Blog – another blog post from Richard Byrne that explains how you can use Padlet like a blog.
- TeachersFirst Review on Padlet – Review on Padlet and many of the ways that it can be used!
- Padlet – Tech With Tia – Blog post about Padlet with an embedded Padlet wall in the post that shows how a math teacher used Padlet with her students.