Padlet is a powerful online tool for teachers to use as a way to be creative and interactive with students, both inside and outside of the classroom. This digital interactive noteboard is free to use at its most basic but also offers classroom specific plans with extra features.
But you don't have to pay more get more out of this tool. Creativity can help make Padlet a key resource for the teacher-student relationship and what both can get out of it.
At its most basic Padlet lets you collate images, videos, documents, and more, all in one place that can be accessed by nearly all web browser-capable devices. But get creative and you can use it to help students learn facts and figures plus boost creativity, social interaction, and organization. How?
Read on to find out all the best Padlet tips and tricks for teachers.
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Brainstorm Using Padlet
Brainstorming is something that Padlet was designed for and is probably the most popular use for the tool among teachers.
Create a Padlet and allow it to be open so any student can add ideas and comments. This allows for collaborative work in which students can see what others have added. This encourages them to be creative if, say, their idea has already been taken by another.
Talking points can then be created by the teacher either to further direct the Padlet or to discuss in class.
Open a Live Question Padlet
Padlet is a great tool for online use but it can also work well as in a hybrid approach. Teaching a lesson in the classroom, or via video, Padlet can be opened at the same time by students in both environments. Create a live question bank space that allows students to throw up questions as the lesson is progressing.
This is a great way to make sure everyone is keeping up but also as a way to create topics of discussion for further exploration. You can either respond as questions pop up or, ideally, wait until 10 minutes or so into the class then address questions so far.
Collate Research in Padlet
One great way to get students to work on their research skills is to create a shared Padlet in which all students can add to a topic. If everyone is researching the same subject, it will encourage them to check what's already posted, think in different ways, and find new information to bring to the task.
This then works as a great hub of content that the whole class can use to create an assignment on the subject, for example. Since they're all working from the same resources, you can see how each student interprets what they have to use, allowing you to respond better individually.
Use Padlet for Exit Ticket Questions
Padlet can act as a space for students to debrief on what they've learned from a lesson, helping it sink in better or stimulate new ideas to work on.
For example, consider prompts such as:
- Write down two things you've learned today
- What part of the lesson was tough?,
- What question do you have about today?
- How would you explain today's lesson to a friend?
- Did the group activity help today, and if so, how?
And so on.
In this way not only does it reinforce the learning for the student but it can also help provide feedback to better structure future lessons.
Collaborate with Other Teachers on Padlet
Padlet isn't just for students; it can also be a great way for teachers to share resources, take a vote, give opinions, and more. This applies to school-wide sharing as well as departmental groups.
Since it is a super easy-to-use platform, it's a great way to get teachers involved who might otherwise be reticent to take part with a tech tool.
Create a Class Profile with Padlet
Using a Padlet to create a class profile is a fun way to help the students express themselves publicly while remaining secure. It's also a great way for students to get to know one another at the start of a new class or term.
In the longer term, it creates a place that can grow over the school year as students add new layers to their profiles. It could even end up becoming a year book of sorts, filled with memories from the year.
Students can upload images, videos, and more to their profile to express themselves for all to see.
Use Padlet with Parents
Since Padlet is so easy to share, with a link or QR code, and it doesn't require the other person to register, it's a useful tool for working with parents and guardians.
Teachers can use a Padlet, shared with guardians and parents, to feature homework assignments, planned events, and other tasks. It could be setup to work one way, such as a noticeboard for parents to refer to.
You could also make a Padlet interactive, allowing parents to post suggestions and share opinions. If you choose the latter option, it pays to turn on email notifications so you can be alerted when a parent posts on the Padlet wall.