How I Use It
Padlet (formerly Wallwisher) allows teachers to create a page accessible by a specific URL. Learners can then add notes with images, links to videos or other digital content. I used this site with Grade 4 students to present their ideas and experiences using a application called Cross Country Canada 2 where students explored Canada on various missions. Our padlet became a board for our collective geographic knowledge. What was great is that students added their own questions and then other students answered them. I also used this site with Grade 11 students who posted links to some research on technology issues. They accessed the URL through QR codes which is a quick way for students to access the site on a mobile or tablet device with a QR scanning application. I also used this site as PD tool for educators to share their questions, feedback and suggestions on the implementation of tablets.
Padlet is a versible tool for educators to invite feedback and allow students to demonstrate their learning. Educators can group their 'board by question, heading or allow students or participants to organize their own page. The page can sometimes get quite disorganized when there are lots of posts so moving from the "freeform" view to either "grid" or "stream" helps the post to be read in a linear fashion. Sometimes, I like to have multiple questions or challenges on each page so I prefer the "freeform" as I can deal with a "chaos" in a lesson. It is essential to ask students to use their first name if you wish to use their input for assessment. Overall, Padlet is an excellent site to allow students or learner s to share their ideas and "digital evidence" (links, videos, images etc.) of their learning and experiences.