How I Use It
I have used padlet as a sponge activity for students to respond to open ended questions. I have used it as a culminating "ticket to leave" type activity. I plan to use it as a place for students to brainstorm collaboratively online from home for homework.
One way I have used it is to support student creation of complex concept definitions.
1) I set up three different walls in Padlet. One wall will hold words from all small groups. The second wall will hold all categories from all small groups. The final wall will hold all complex concept definitions created by small groups. I introduce each wall with each step.
2) Students read a text about a concept. Together they select 15 words that best explain the nature of the concept. They post the fifteen to padlet.
3) Students then must categorize all 15 words into 4-6 categories. They post their categories on the second wall. Once they have posted on the second wall they review all the word sets of 15 submitted by their classmates.
4) Once all groups have posted categories they can visit the second wall to review what the class has submitted.
5) Finally each group is to write a complex concept definition. When finished they submit to padlet and then review submissions by their classmates.
All students come away with a deep conceptual understanding that reflects not only their individual thinking, but small group thinking and the entire class' thinking.
Padlet makes these easy to provide to students who missed the class and need to work in a more collaborative fashion. This way they don't miss the whole experience.
The value of the tool is based upon thoughtful teacher lesson planning. It is flexible and can be used in countless ways. The power of Padlet is that you have a place that collects the entire classroom "community" of ideas - it supports group learning.