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Educational Tools - Padlet

I call Padlet the Walmart of 21st century instruction. It is literally the one stop shop tool that can immediately transform classroom instruction to support 21st century learners. In this post, I will provide four examples of some of the great things you can do with Padlet to enhance instruction.

Digital Project Presentation

Remember the old science fair board that cost $20 and was required for your 4th grade science project. Remember the sadness you felt for having to throw it away after the science fair season was over? Remember your parents forcing you to throw it away because they got tired of it taking up unnecessary space years later? Well there is no need to worry about lugging that gigantic future waste product around anymore. Padlet is a great tool that allows students to curate resources into one digital board. Students can upload files like word and excel documents, link other websites, post images, and video recordings to create a dynamic presentation of their project . Instead of the old school science board, as a student's station for their science fair projection, students can simply setup their Padlet presentation on a computer, laptop, or mobile device. For teachers, it’s easy to assess projects anywhere using the app or by visiting the website.

Formative assessment and Collaboration

Teachers can use padlet to ask questions to formatively assess their class quick and easily. Teachers have the capability to monitor responses and release them before others can see them or allow for real time responses to engage their classes in discussion. I have used Padlet many times in my professional development workshops to have participants respond to questions and read the feedback of others. The image below shows and example of participants sharing their thoughts about what digital learning looks like in a science class.

Digital portfolio

Padlet is a great tool to use to maintain a digital portfolio. In my work, I support many education initiatives where it is important to document progress and easily share. Unfortunately, some tools, such as google classrooms, have limited accessibility. Padlet is a tool that can be accessed by anyone anywhere they can get on the web. A user can link other sites and resources to it for others to view. When wor