How I Use It
(The following examples are aligned to Common Core Standards: SL.6.2, SL.6.5, W.5.6, W.5.2c)
I use padlet primarily with adults. It is my go-to tool for collecting data, generating ideas to share, or gathering feedback about a PD session and what further information might be needed. I have a website for teachers in which I highlight a 21st century tool of the month, and I always embed a padlet so that teachers can post new ideas or examples for using that tool. I also ask other educators in my professional learning community to share on that same padlet by posting it on my blog, google+, twitter, and facebook. Then our padlet includes a wide range of ideas and examples without the need for me to find them all myself! I have also used padlet with 6th graders as a flipped instructional resource that they use to explore a variety of 21st century tools. I embedded links and videos on a padlet to introduce a wide range of technology possibilities that can be used to present their project. It was up to them to explore and evaluate the different tools through the tutorials and informational links. They had to evaluate which tool would best suit their purposes for presenting their project (SL.6.2, SL6.5). Padlet is a simple and easy tool to use if you want to flip your instruction! It is also a great place to share students' projects. Because you can embed links and videos onto the padlet sticky notes, when students use a program to create a project that generates a link (such as educreations, narrable, storybird, little bird tales, voicethread, etc.), you can add the entire classes' projects onto one padlet so that students or parents can view student projects all in one place.
I have seen padlet used by other teachers in some really creative ways as well. Padlet is a great "parking lot" for questions, concerns, or ideas students have that need to be addressed at a later time. A 5th grade teacher in our building uses it as a tool for homework. She creates a new padlet for an open-ended question that she sends to students as homework. She enables the privacy settings so that students cannot see responses from each other. The next morning, after everyone should have responded to the question, she changes the privacy settings so that all the responses are visible. Since everyone in her class has had time to do the thinking and/or research on their own first, they can have a deeper class discussion about the question (W.5.6, W.5.2c).
I think padlet is a great tool for gathering and sharing information and ideas. It is like a collective cork board where you can post virtual sticky notes that can be shared or embedded in emails and websites. You have the option of embedding live links, videos, or pictures on each virtual "sticky note" on a padlet wall, so you have the ability to collaboratively 'pin up' multimedia on a virtual cork board that you can share with anyone in the world. This capability allows you to use this tool as a simple way to flip instruction by pinning informative and instructional videos and links in one place for students or teachers to reference, and they don't need a login to watch or post to a padlet wall you have created.