Looking for a versatile, collaborative technology tool you can add to your Teaching and Learning Toolbox? Padlet may be just the tool. Padlet is an electronic multimedia wiki that resembles post-it notes or “pinning” activities similar to Pinterest. It is a great tool for your students to organize their thoughts about a topic, project or the course. For the instructor, Padlet is simple you use. You just set up a Padlet, share the link, and let the learning fun begin!
There are several ways you can use Padlet in your courses. For instance, Padlet is great for ice-breaker activities, especially for online classes. Students can post something about themselves on an electronic sticky note, add a picture and then other students can post reply comments by attaching an electronic sticky note to the original post. I’ve also used Padlet in my courses to introduce a new concept. Students can research the topic, and post additional information to the main topic note. Padlet also works great for exam reviews. The instructor can post review questions for students to answer or a student can post questions they may have about an exam topic for peer-to-peer tutoring. If you assign group projects, Padlet allows students to easily mind map concepts and organize their project before getting started. Sharing options include text notes, voice recordings, photos, documents and/or hyperlinks. Sharing Padlets is exceptionally easy. Students can connect through a shared web link or QR code embedded in your course.
Like many of the technology tools featured in this blog, Padlet has a free version available. For $5.00 a month (or $45 a year), educators can upgrade to the premium “Padlet Backpack” account, which provides enhanced features and free, unlimited student access. For more information about getting started with Padlet, visit the Padlet Virtual Tour at http://jn.padlet.com/article/252-padlet-tour.