How I Use It
I have used Padlet with kindergarten, third and fifth grade students. Kindergarten students used Padlet around Valentine's Day to write a sentence about someone they loved and why. They drew a digital picture about the sentence they wrote and then I helped them upload it to their Padlet post. The wall was shared with parents during the month of February. Third grade students used Padlet to create a Black History Month Honor Wall. They researched a famous African American they wanted to learn more about. Students then posted the information they learned on the Padlet wall. Students also added a picture of the person they wrote about through the link feature. Fifth grade students collaborated with the third grade students on the Black History Month Honor wall by editing their posts for correct grammar, punctuation, capitalization, etc. This helped the fifth grade students practice for the state writing test as well.
One thing to be mindful of if you are planning to have students edit posts of other students; if two students are editing the same post only the edits of the first student who began editing will be saved. I encouraged students to refresh their page often so they could see the most up to date changes.
Padlet is an open ended web tool. Teachers and students can use Padlet in a variety of ways. It is a great tool for quick formative assessments, brainstorming, research, classroom assignments, collaborative writing and more. I like that Padlet is quick to setup and use and even young students can post easily. There is no log in required for teachers and students which is a big plus, especially for younger students. I also like that Padlet allows you to add files from your computer, web links and webcam pictures to your wall posts.