How I Use It
Padlet is a tool I've been using since way back when it was called Wallwisher! This tool is easy to set up and can be used in so many ways. I've used this to:
-Crowdsource information from a group to access prior knowledge
-Extend a classroom conversation (in class and for homework) so all students have a voice
-A place to post images, videos, docs in review of an assessment
-With a group of teachers to share information and ideas easily
Particularly, I like that the learning curve for this tool is short for both teachers and adults. Additionally, I love all the customization features. Padlet autogenerates a QR code students can scan to access the page, which is helpful. Typically then I ask students to bookmark or save the page to their Chromebook/iPad. To start, I moderated all comments and posts, but over time I was able to give students more control and ownership; I appreciated the ability to do both easily. The only downfall is if wifi is down or students do not have home internet access.
Overall, Padlet is one of my go-to tools for working with teachers and students. I like the ease of use and the customizable features. It's effectiveness really depends on the questions I ask or tasks, but this allows my Padlet to serve many varied uses in the classroom. When I share this with teachers, they love that it can be adapted to the needs of their individual classes and that it's platform agnostic too. If a teacher is using it consistently, it does take a little bit of upkeep, but no more than average. If wifi is slow, it can take a little bit for posts to pop up too.