How I Use It
I use Padlet several different ways in my classroom. In Language Arts, I use Padlet during whole group instruction to introduce vocabulary using pictures, videos and audio clips. Students then add parts of speech and sentences to my teacher created Padlet wall. Students check and edit each other's work and post their comments or thoughts right on our Padlet wall. I often use Padlet during grammar instruction to check for student understanding on a particular concept. During a lesson on common and proper nouns, I posted a sentence and asked my students to identify the type of noun utilized. As students were typing their answers I could see their responses immediately on my computer. Instead of using a worksheet to review answers, Padlet gave me the real-time data I needed to differentiated my instruction and meet the needs of each student. In math, using Padlet for vocabulary practice and review has been very beneficial. I have seen an increase in student engagement and an improvement in their knowledge of math vocabulary. Lastly, I have also used Padlet as an "exit ticket" during various lessons. Using Padlet in this manner eliminates the need to check papers and again provides the real-time data needed to drive instruction.
Overall, I am very pleased with Padlet and glad I found out about this terrific site. The more I use it, the more familiar I become with the site and continue to find numerous ways to utilize in my instruction. This site is extremely easy to use and quick to set up. Padlet is very user friendly and I was amazed at how simple it was to create and edit my walls. One thing I have found challenging about the site is that students must have an email to set up their own account. Without an account students can still view and create walls, but their username won't appear in their posts. I ensure that my students put their name after every post so I know who is writing or posting.