Fast forward to today. I am always looking for ways to be more tech savvy. (I recently was given a classroom set of laptops.) I have always liked the idea of the sticky notes, but I wasn’t sure how to use that idea in a digital format. That’s when I ran across Padlet.com.
What is padlet?
STAY CONNECTED DURING A FIELD TRIP
I set up a competition for my students when we went to one of the largest train displays and fun house. (They were exploring the proportional relationships behind making model trains as well as the math behind making optical illusions work in a fun house.) While traveling around the attraction in groups, students were on a scavenger hunt. Different finds accumulated different point values. Click here for a student handout that outlines point values.
The benefits did not stop there. Since students logged their learning on the Padlet, it served as a springboard for discussion when we returned to the classroom. They were able to ask each other questions, add to the findings (“Hey! I saw that too and I noticed ____.”), and further investigate the subject matter. Padlet was an incredible experience of integrating classroom content with real world application all the while using technology.
deli line problem
I set up a Padlet specifically designed for students to digitally raise their hands. While working, they had this Padlet open. I set it to the linear feature so I could see who listed their name and in what order. I deleted student names as I went through the list to answer questions.
This classroom procedure has been beneficial for many reasons. It encouraged students to know they have a voice in expressing a question and their voice has been heard. Students knew their “pecking order.” For example, they knew they were fifth in line and could watch their turn get closer and closer. Because of this, they stopped asking me “when is it my turn?”, “I was next”, “I’ve been waiting for 100 minutes!” However, the most astonishing affect was, for the most part, students continued to work while waiting their turn. The “deli line” application of Padlet has been a lifesaver for me and my classroom management!
What other ideas do you have for using Padlet in the classroom?