How I Use It
In the classroom, there are many ways in which Padlet can enhance lessons, but I like it best for student collaboration throughout an entire project. When students are completing a group assignment, Padlet allows them to share their ideas with one another and comment / ask questions. It can also be set up so that groups can view others and see what others are thinking and doing.
I recently used Padlet in my AP Language and Composition classroom throughout our analysis of a text we were focusing on. My students looked at a brief review (that I posted on Padlet) of the text before we began our reading and then posted pre-reading questions for everyone to consider. Once we began our reading and analysis of the novel, students stopped at assigned parts of the text to both pose more questions and respond to those already posted. It was incredible to see the interaction, critical thinking and process throughout their learning. You might be thinking that this could easily be done in a classroom setting, and you’re right to an extent, but the use of posting their questions and responses on Padlet gave voice to every single student. I found that even my students who are more introverted felt more comfortable and confident in contributing their thoughts and comments. It was also easy to assess student work as it is all in one location that can be accessed from anywhere. When we were finished with the text, we held a Socratic Seminar (in class) and I encouraged them to use questions from the Padlet that they felt allowed for more investigation and discussion.
On the teacher side of things, Padlet allows you to share resources where you can not only type, but post links, photos, and record your voice. It is flexible, so I set a Padlet up for each of my AP Language and Composition classes in order to get information out to them. You can organize in a clear manner (however you so choose), and it is has privacy options so you can ensure that your content is secure for your students only.
The only problem that I encountered with Padlet, is that it doesn’t allow you to see each and every “user activity” that has been done. It will alert you to the last person (and time) that he/she posted, but it doesn’t give you a breakdown of each posting done prior. Some people may not want to see all of this, but it would have been helpful for me as I had a few instances where students insisted that they posted and yet there was nothing there. If in fact they had posted, and their writing somehow got lost in “cyber space”, an activity log would have been helpful.