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WEB 2.0 by Erin Kelly, John Meeker, Lauren Surbrugg and Nicole Walters


What is Padlet?


Padlet is a fun multimedia tool that provides people with a way to show off their ideas and projects similar to a blog or a wiki.  People can add videos, images, and any sort of text. Padlet can be accessed from many devices and it’s a fun way to show off what students have done. Padlet would be a great way for kids to do group projects because they can work together to edit the “wall.” Students can also divide a project into parts and individually work on a piece of the wall, then add everything together to create the page. The wall is the place where they can put all their work together to present to a class or group that can also be updated or changed on a frequent basis.


Below is an image of a Padlet Wall someone created to thank all the people for their support and help during the time of Hurricane Sandy. As seen above you can create many little text boxes and add images anywhere on the wall. It’s just a neat little way to show people appreciation or show off a project.




So How Do I Use Padlet?


Padlet is an amazingly easy tool to use.  I particularly enjoy it because I'm not very technologically savvy, and Padlet makes me look like a professional! As the homepage of Padlet says,


We give you a blank wall.
You put anything you want on it, anywhere.
Simple, yet powerful.


The easiest way to describe Padlet is to observe where the name is derived. The creators of Padlet invented the name by combining a "pad" of paper that one takes notes on and a "tablet" that is the new tool for note taking therefore resulting in "Padlet."  Padlet is essentially an electronic piece of paper that anyone can post anything on. Let me show you how easy it is to create a Wall on Padlet.



Simply visit http://www.padlet.com . Although there is not an application for computers or smart phones, any device with internet access has the capability of using Padlet. Therefore, it is easily viewed and edited, no matter where you may be!



The picture above is the a snapshot of the Padlet Homepage.  Merely click the bright green button in the right hand corner to log in or sign up with a new account.  Then follow the steps to create your account. The only required information is an e-mail address. 



Right on the homepage is the bright yellow button that takes you to a blank wall for free creativity. 

BOOM. This is a blank wall!  As seen on the right hand side, Padlet does an interactive tutorial to show the basics of the wall.  This blank template allows the creator to freely design a wall to best suit their needs; however, if free creativity is a struggle and you would rather have a template to add information to, Padlet offers a stream template (shown below). Just click on the Settings icon at the very bottom right of the page to see the layout options, then choose Stream.



For our particular example, we chose a Social Studies unit on creating a brief timeline about Colorado History. It applies to the fourth grade standard shown below.


The Padlet timeline will be the culminating activity.  As a class, students will divide into small groups and research a different piece of Colorado History. Since all students are permitted to access the same wall, they will be able to create their section of the timeline and work with the other groups in order to make sure the timeline is correct. But how do students actually post on Padlet? It's as simple as double clicking anywhere on the wall that you would like to create a post. 


Once the text box is created, students may add their information, insert links, videos, pictures, or even take a picture directly from the webcam that will be inserted in the box. Do you like what the box says, but not where it is on the wall? EASY FIX! Just click and drag!


The FINISHED PROJECT will ultimately look something like this! 

To work with the tools shown on the Padlet, visit http://padlet.com/wall/vcdfn4trx0.

(The information for the timeline was collected from http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/usstates/cotimeln.htm)


Teacher Resources


To utilize Padlet to the best of its ability, we have created three optional ways to successfully use this Web 2.0 tool in other Social Studies lessons. 



As a geography lesson, have each student plan out a travel bucket list. Have each students find photographs of the places they want to visit around the world. Along with each photo should be a caption detailing a unique fact about the geography of the country that makes it such a desirable traveling location.



As a geography of Colorado lesson, have each student create a wall detailing the diversity of Colorado’s landscape. There should be at least five photos with captions on why it is a unique geographic structure. A student might pick a ski resort, the sand dunes, dinosaur ridge, or so on.



As a history of Colorado lesson, have the whole class make a timeline together. The teacher sets up a wall with an outline of a timeline on it. For homework, each student must go fill in a historical event that happened in the time period designated by the teacher. No repeats may occur. The faster a student gets on the page the easier it will be to find an event!


Additional Web Links



     This site shows a variety of examples of Padlet as well as a quick video on how to create a page.


     This site gives directions on how to set up and use Padlet as a resource for teachers


     This website explains what types of tools Padlet has to offer, and gives an example of a timeline created by Padlet


     This site gives examples of how to use Padlet in the classroom including lessons, assignments and assessment.


     Here is a tutorial on how to use tablet in order to improve writing skills.

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