You are in front of your class, and it feels as though you’re pulling teeth to get your students to give you feedback about their thinking. Are they with you? Then you remember the very cool online tool, padlet.com, and you think, “You’re mine! Instant engagement!”
Padlet is a free website that works like a bulletin board. The teacher creates the wall and the question, gives the students the website, or has them scan a QR code that takes them right to your wall. They answer the question on their electronic devices: phone, tablet, or computer. Students do not have to log in, or have any specific application, just access to the internet.
Students have the ability to post text, a link, or an image. Teachers have the ability to approve student responses before being posted.
Set up is minimal: less than 3 minutes to create a wall. And, you get instant feedback. While you may not know exactly who posted what, you get a general feel of what the class is thinking, and if there are any misconceptions.
Your challenge? Try it, and not just once or twice. It will take a few times to make it yours, and for the kids to be efficient with its use.
ELA: What is one change the protagonist has made?
Science: List as many cycles as you can think of.
SS: Name a cause of the Revolutionary War.
Math: What is one thing you need to remember when graphing a line?
We are excited to hear how you use it in your classroom. Let us know!