Ah, a new month! Another chance to catch up and continue this crazy blog a day idea…
One of my favorite go-to tools for the classroom is Padlet. Think of an online bulletin board which students all have post-its to express their ideas – but because it’s digital they can attach websites, photos, videos and write as much as they want – but you can actually read it (handwriting these days, am I right?)
February 1st – Padlet
Padlet is a free (they have a pay version, but it is free!) website which you can give posting permissions to anyone and students can instantly share ideas. I use this to get a feel for the room on topics and to easily create groups.
Some ways I’ve used and seen Padlet used:
- Grouping based on self assessed skills
- KWL Chart (Know / Want to Know / Learned)
- Labeling parts of a country (use a country outline as the background/wallpaper)
- Shared document with a class states away (3rd Grade students could access without email addresses)
- Padlets within Padlets for a “choose your own adventure”
- Giving props to classmates work
- Reviewing websites once they’ve explored (using evidence in their writing)
- And dozens more!