Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Padlet - online multimedia board

Padlet is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device. 

Think of it like a multimedia friendly, free-form, real-time wiki.

Padlet is a web application that consists of a web page “wall” where content can be posted, viewed and commented on by multiple people. The function of your wall depends entirely on what you create; you can make a wall where students come to view content uploaded and managed by an instructor, or create a wall that is used as an open forum where anyone can post and discuss content. Padlet is incredibly easy to use and a great way to share and manage content with others in an intuitive and fun way. 

Ideas for using a Padlet on your course
  1. Icebreakers – post an icebreaker question on a wall and invite students to get to know one another and build community.
  2. Inquiry – before starting course, ask students to post questions they have about the topic.
  3. Previous knowledge – ask students to brainstorm everything they know about a topic before they begin studying it.
  4. Predictions – allow students to predict the outcome of something, e.g. an election outcome.
  5. Context clues – post a picture of a person, culturally significant scene or moment from history and ask students to explore and discuss context clues.
  6. Vocabulary development – post words on the wall and ask students to collaboratively add definitions, synonyms and pictures to help all students better understand the vocabulary.
  7. Label – post a picture of a cell, piece of art work, or map and ask students to label the parts with names and information.
  8. Exit– find out what students learned and what areas they are unsure about.
  9. Brainstorming – a class can be asked to collect and share ideas about a given topic.
  10. Portfolio - students can use it as portfolio where they display their best work.

Visit http://padlet.com/gallery to see other example of Padlet walls.

To start creating your own Padlet visit http://padlet.com

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