How I Use It
I've used this website to organize and curate content for my high school students and to supply an assessment for the students by uploading a QR code.
I've used Padlet in other educator's classrooms when I have responded to critical thinking questions, in simply introducing myself to my class and in asking a question in order after a lecture.
This website has been used in a variety of ways- simply as a modification to in person introduction to post a picture and say hello, I like hiking! It can also be used to organize in the form of a substitution or modification by creating a question line. With the question line up, the teacher can simply start the Padlet with the Subject at the top, let's say, "Lecture on 09/02/2020." From there, the teacher can create Padlet boxes and have the subject of each Padlet box be "Question #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc." so that students can line up their questions anonymously or with an attached name and ask questions in order. If the teacher felt like they needed to do a small group or bring the group back from independent study, he or she could ask the group to rejoin.
I know that if we think about the most that Padlet can do, it can register in the higher levels of the SAMR and become a redefinition of what the assignment could have been. The way that you can create content in Padlet, you could add a subject, add an image, add a hyperlink that sends you to information about that item, have the students link to a QR to a survey from you Padlet, ask the kids to come back to the Padlet or create their own Padlet that spins off of yours and expands a topic where the students are becoming experts. Padlet as a platform focuses on collaboration, building communication and most of the time critical thinking and creativity while offering the opportunity for students to digest content that has been curated for their specific project. If students wanted to create a Padlet that would help them show their mastery of a content area to their class, the world at large or just the teacher, this website platform would enable success there.
I think it's a great tool and I would continue to use it for future projects. I'm glad I've been dipping my toes in the Padlet pool.