1. A Starter
In the simplest sense I use it the same way I would an ‘Ideas Wall’. Back in the Stone Age I would give each student a ‘Post-It’ note and either ask them a question, (e.g. what do you know about atoms?) or ask them to write a question, (e.g. ask any question about electric circuits). Everyone then comes up and sticks their ‘Post-It’ on the wall and we spend a few minutes browsing through what other people have said, either individually or as a class.
Padlet gives us a way of doing this and keeping a permanent record of it to revisit later maybe, as their ideas have changed over time. I set a short time to complete this and then set the ‘Privacy’ to ‘View Only’
2. A Plenary
It’s just the Exit Ticket idea but again, in a place that you can keep and refer to. Very useful for checking what students have got from a lesson. I let them post some reflections on the lesson under two sections; Something I have Learnt and A Question that I have. At the bottom of the wall I’ll put a question as well – something simple to check their knowledge.
3. A Poster Wall
Just like we get the students to make posters and display them on the walls of the room, we can use Padlet to display their work. This gives a good chance for the other students to have a good look at what other people have done. I even got one class to make Padlets and then post them all on a Padlet. Led to some interesting discussions of what would happen if we posted the Padlet on itself. ‘Wall-ception’ was the name coined for this. Never tried it though. I was scared it might break the internet.
4. A Video Wall
I asked my Year 12 students to film a short clip of an everyday oscillation and post it to the wall as an intro to the SHM topic. It led to some interesting examples as everyone was careful to make sure that they didn’t replicate anyone else’s. I now have a nice audio-visual intro to the topic.
5. A Full Lesson
Just to try it out, I put an entire lesson on a Padlet – or at least a few of the activities and links to things that I wanted my students to do. It included a starter, a video, a simulation, link to a quiz and a plenary. I think in the future I would still prefer to run the lesson ‘myself’ but it seemed to be an excellent way to put one of my everyday non-practical lessons in a format that could be used as a cover lesson. Take a look…
In summary then, I think the best thing Padlet can be used for is the community build up of ideas, questions, work etc. in a form that can be saved and used again – I will continue to think about other, more creative or unusual ways to use it – any ideas welcome!