I spent last Thursday with Kristin Ziemke, learning about ways to incorporate technology in meaningful and effective ways.  One of the things that she said that stuck with me was “we need effective pedagogy before we grab onto technology”.  Well, she spent the rest of the day giving us both effective pedagogy and effective technology.

One tool that she shared (I promise I’ll share the others too) was Padlet.  Now, I was not new to Padlet.  I’d used it in staff development sessions before.  But I had never realized the pedagogical potential of it.  So here’s how I’m planning on making use of Padlet with both teachers and kids.


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  1.  Creating a curated set of resources:  Padlet will allow you to collect a set of resources that you have pre-approved for student use.  This prevents the problem of students wandering aimlessly through the internet in search of resources for a project or report.
  2. Status of the class: Kristin had the kids take selfies with their current independent reading book and post to padlet.  It gives the teacher an instant status of the class snapshot.  I started to imagine ways you could do the same thing with projects in Science or Social Studies as well.  This might mean the end of late night, last minute projects.
  3. Exit slips: I’m always looking for a way for kids to quickly show teachers that they’ve grasped a lesson.  A quick snapshot of work posted to padlet gives the teacher a whole class view of how everyone is doing.  Imagine a padlet of snapshots of math problems, Words Their Way sorts, sorts of fiction and nonfiction titles, sorting living and non-living things — the possibilities are endless!
  4. Book reviews: students take a selfie with the book that they’re reviewing and post a few lines about the book.  Instant book recommendation board for the rest of the class to use when they can’t decide what to read next.