Padlet

This summer, I got reacquainted with Padlet, a web-based tool for creating virtual bulletin boards.  Think of it as a digital version of your classroom bulletin board.  The virtual bulletin board can contain text, links, images, of files.  You can use it as a way to showcase the work of an entire class, as a collection of resources on a particular topic, or even as a brainstorming session.  A few years ago, in my AP course, I created individual boards for the themes of the AP course.  As students encountered passages related to the different themes, they added a note to the Padlet board referencing the text and explaining its relationship to the theme.  Periodically, I allocated a few minutes of class time for students to add to the Padlet boards.  I appreciated how easy it was for the students to add their thoughts to the board and especially loved what a great resource it was during review time.  Two of my favorite things about Padlet are its simplicity and flexibility.  It has a simple interface that is quick to get to know.  A teacher can create a new virtual bulletin board in less than a minute and share it with students.  There are a couple of decisions to make regarding the layout and look of the bulletin board. I appreciate that Padlet has some settings that are really helpful for classroom teachers.  For example, the teacher can determine whether students have to attach their name to the notes they add to the Padlet board.  The teacher has control of the privacy settings of the board and can even password protect it.  There is also the option to moderate posts before they are public. It is easy to share a Padlet board with students via a link, embed code, QR code or Google Classroom integration. To give Padlet a try, visit:  www.padlet.com

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