Teacher Review For Springpad

Part Evernote, part Pinterest, one tool - it's all in how you use it

Kelly A.
Classroom teacher
Ladue Middle School
St. Louis, MO
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
Digitial Citizenship and EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use Springpad to save student-friendly math resources that I find online. I have a notebook set up for each critical area under the Common Core standards (The Number System, Ratios and Proportions, etc.), and save games, videos, compelling images, and other resources as I browse online. My students can then go into the notebook and use these resources on their own or in small groups. This allows a free yet structured way of exploring the topics we are covering in class at their own pace and according to their own preferences. I look forward to finding more creative ways to use Springpad in the classroom and involving my students in curating the content in our notebooks.
My Take
Springpad is an organizational tool that allows users to collect digital content into notebooks. With an app for all mobile platforms, extensions for Firefox and Chrome, and the handy Spring It! bookmark button, it's easy to save resources found online. It's also easy for students to review and explore resources collected by others - either the teacher or their fellow students. The uses for Springpad are limited only to the teacher's creativity: digital portfolios, collaborative research, or a literal "springpad" for practice and application through online content.