Using Padlet in the Classroom as a Teaching Resource

Educators can use Padlet (www.padlet.com) as a resource in the classroom. https://i1.wp.com/evscicats.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Padlet-Logo.jpeg

Name of teaching resource
Padlet, previously known as Wallwisher, is a collaborative website that allows multiple users through open editing, to post comments and questions, or images on a “wall”. (Granata, 2014).
Weblink (if web based)

www.padlet.com and see my example at http://padlet.com/melkatn/melanie_denford

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)
Padlet could be used with children in Year 6 or 7, to provide a collaborative opportunity for them.  At Year 6 or 7 we should be encouraging students to reflect on their learning of a subject, abd to start to learn how to create their own digital content and enhance their creativity (Halsted, 2014; Howell, 2014).
How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)
Padlet is an online notice board that can be used to gather responses from students in the class about a particular subject (Halsted, 2014; www.teachinghistory.org, n.d.). It can be used as the class is underway, or accessed for a homework task and can be set up to allow access to multiple users, whilst still in a private environment (Padlet.com, 2015; Byrne, 2013). For example, as part of a book review in English you can discuss a particular character in the book by collecting comments to explore (Granata, 2014), create interactive story telling (Miller, 2014) or asking students to put a note on a geographical place they have visited (Granata, 2014). You can use it to create posters or document excursions or notes from a lesson using either text or images (Miller, 2014).
Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?
Padlet could be very successful across a numerous subjects such as English, History, Geography, Social Studies or Science (Granata, 2014; Piyush, 2013). It can be used for asking open questions to gain students understanding of a certain subject at either the beginning or end of a lesson, or for them to participate throughout the lesson whilst maintaining the pace (Piyush, 2013).
Identify the strengths of this teaching resource
Padlet provides an opportunity for all children to participate, even those more reticent about speaking in class, and can also be used to communicate with parents (Miller, 2014). It is free to access (Padlet.com, 2015). It provides children opportunities to practice with keyboard skills and to begin to create their own digital content as part of a broader project (Howell, 2014).

Padlet can be password protected for security and has moderator rights to provide the teacher with the opportunity to review posts if they prefer (Byrne, 2013).

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource
Each sticky note is limited to 150 characters which can limit the commentary or thinking that the student can post about the subject (Freedman, 2007; www.teachinghistory.org, n.d.). The site can become unresponsive if there are many users posting at the same time (www.teachinghistory.org, n.d.).
Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource
A wall in Padlet could also be created for teachers to share ideas and resources or as a notice board for parents (Halsted, 2014).

References

Byrne, R (2013) How to use padlet Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuzciL8qCYM

Freedman, T (2007) Twittering in the classroom:some issues Retrieved from http://terry-freedman.org.uk/artman/publish/printer_1122.php

Granata, K (2014) Five ways to use Padlet in the classroom Retrieved from: http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/using-padlet-in-the-classroom.shtml

Halsted, E (2014) Why Padlet is an important tool for your classroom. Retrieved from: http://edtechreview.in/trends-insights/insights/1468-why-padlet-is-an-important-tool-for-your-classroom

Howell, J (2014) Teaching with ICT: digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. Oxford University Press Australia

Miller, M. (2014). 20 Useful Ways to use Padlet in class. Retrieved from: http://ditchthattextbook.com/2014/11/03/20-useful-ways-to-use-padlet-in-class-now/

Piyush, P (2013). How to use Padlet in the classroom. Retrieved from: http://blog.padlet.com/2013/03/how-to-use-padletcom-in-classroom.html

Teaching History (n.d.) Padlet. Retrieved from: http://teachinghistory.org/digital-classroom/tech-for-teachers/24636

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