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Padlet as a Great Tool for Collaboration

I’m sure you have heard of Padlet many times and probably  often used it in a variety of situations. If you google Padlet it says:

padlet
Picture via a Google Search

 

My grade 5 students used Padlet several times this year for different purposes. We haven’t collaborated with the world yet, but definitely in class and with classes at school. I would like to share two examples:

1. Example:  
Unit – Migration // Padlet use for collecting and sorting quotes of a book

The students were reading “Milchkaffee und Streuselkuchen”, which is a book about two boys and the life of a German family as well a family that immigrated from Ethiopia. Sammy is born in Germany, speaks German very well, went to a German school, but after a racist attack towards him and his family, he realizes that he is different. He also feels the differences in school through the words and actions of his classmates, especially Boris. However, Sammy will gain a new friendship.

The students were asked to write an entry on the padlet each time they read something about the behavior of the main characters, Boris and Sammy. It was the goal to collect the quotes in order to find out the change of the behavior, change of the perspective of Boris and create a timeline to make it visible. It was a perfect way to work collaboratively in order to get the whole picture.

2. Example:  
Unit – Live is a Stage // Padlet use for comprehension of the ballade “Der Zauberlehrling” of J.W.Goethe

In the context of the unit Life is a stage the students get to know ballades. A famous ballade is “Der Zauberlehrling”. The vocabulary is not easy at all for language learner as well as young German native speaker. The vocabulary was used 250 years ago and additionally I wonder how often does a student in an international environment get the chance to read a German ballade? So comprehension is very important in order to create a modern version of it which will be their assessment.

What did I prepare? I cut up the ballade in 14 pieces and saved each part as a picture. I sent them those pictures by email and asked them to work in pairs and to bring the pieces on a padlet (one padlet for each group) in the right order. Additionally, in order to show me their understanding, the students were asked to write the content of each verse in their own words.
My initial thought was: “That is just substitution.” (SAMR model). My second thinking and repeated reflecting about it let me realize that there are good reasons for doing it anyways. I don’t have to waste to much paper, meaning copying the ballade for each pair. In my previous life as a teacher, the students had to cut the verses in pieces (or even I would have done it) and then glue them in the right order. No, not anymore. Third advantage was that I could integrate spelling practice and sentence structures with the students when they were writing their understanding in own words. Fourth, we could easily compare each others understanding of the verse by reading each others padlets. Fifth, as homework I asked them to write a summery. In my previous life of course on paper. No, they are going to use the padlet.

And now the real collaboration experience for my grade 5 students came up because they started to talk about how they will organize it. “Ok, you do the first half. I do the second.” or “Let’s do it together on Skype.” or “You write but I proof read the text and check the spelling.” or “We write and we check each others text” … Fantastic.

Here you are:

 

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6 replies on “Padlet as a Great Tool for Collaboration”

Hi Verena,
Thanks for your post. You and I share the same passion for inquiry in the classroom. (and PYP)
Recently, the fourth graders at SIS were studying about the environment and change. The teachers created a unit which led to using mine-craft as a learning tool for understanding how people impact the environment. The students were very engaged.
At the beginning of the unit, the students used a padlet of padlets which I created for them. I had never done this before and found it simple once I “got going”. There are 6 topics (A-F) which were to be used as provocations about the environment and human impact. Each topic/padlet is a short video clip. The students were to use the visual thinking tool “3-2-1- Bridge” to comment on their padlet link and share their thinking. This learning experience worked well, in some ways, and I am looking forward to trying it again with next year’s students. I will try to spend more time on the “3-2-1 Bridge” responses and making sure each group documents their thinking for others to see. Overall, it was a good experience. The “padlet of padlets” was a colleague’s idea that she uses with her EAL students in a small spelling group.
Here is the link to the “padlet of padlets” for the work we did: https://padlet.com/livingstongayle/grade4ChangingWorld

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Hi Gaylene,

what a great idea!

By using the padlet the way you described, you could provide the students different topics and resources on one page. The students could easy show their understanding individually but share their thinking within the group.

Thanks for sharing!
Verena

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Thank you for inspiring post! I have never used Padlet so far but after reading your post I see how I could use it with my Year 3-4 students during their webquest research and collaboration projects on Ancient Egypt, Healthy Eating, Migration, etc. I am very inspired now! There is a lot of potential here!

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Hi Alexander,

Thanks for being so kind and letting me know. It’s gives me the courage and the reason to continue writing. Please feel free to contact me of you have any questions.
Maybe you can share your Padlet once you tried it in class?!
Have a good week. Verena

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Hi Verena

I’ve only used Padlet a few times in my life, but it’s great to learn of new ways of using it. I like reading Gaylene’s idea.

The bookmarklet will make it easier than ever, for us to use it.

Vivian

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