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Padlet is a great tool for discussion, collaboration and assessment.  It is basically an online board for post-it notes.

Richard Byrne of Free Technology 4 Teachers (www.freetech4teachers.com) has created a short video showing how to use this resource in your classroom.  You can access his video at http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/11/padlet-adds-helpful-new-features.html#.VoWu6GPaKSo

These are  a few more ways he mentioned you could use Padlet:

Using Padlet as a KWL chart:
Padlet can be used to create a KWL chart that students can contribute to anonymously (or not anonymously if you want them to sign-in). Create a wall, make it public, and ask students to share what they know and what they want to know about a topic.
Using Padlet for group research:
A couple of years ago I showed my special education students a short (18 minutes) video about cultural changes that took place in the US during the 1920’s. After the video we discussed what they saw. Then I had students search online for other examples of cultural change in the 1920’s. When they found examples they put them onto a Wallwisher wall that I projected onto a wall in my classroom. The wall started with just text being added to the wall and quickly progressed to YouTube videos being added to the wall. Once every student had added a video to the wall we stopped, watched the videos, and discussed them.

Using Padlet as a showcase of your students’ work:
If your students are creating digital portfolios, creating slideshows, or producing videos you could use Padlet to display all of your students’ best work on one page. Create the wall, call it something like “my best work this year,” and have your students post links to their works.

 

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