A New Way to Use Padlet That Your Class will Love!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 / Leave a Comment

A New Way to Use Padlet That Your Class will Love!

OK, so do you know about padlet? It's a great, easy-to-use app that works kind of like a digital bulletin board. You can create a board and ask a question and students log in, type their response, and it posts on the board. It sounds simple, and it is, but there's a wonderful accountability that happens when students know their work is going to be viewed by their peers. It makes padlet a very powerful app. 


Here's an example from my classroom. My 9th graders read an article about why the mystery genre is so popular. I then had them post on padlet, responding to the prompt: "Do you agree with [the author]? Explain why (or why not) with at least one quote from the text!"


There are hundreds of uses for this handy, little app, but recently I used it in a totally different way than I had before...and I loved it. 

Sometimes...rarely, but sometimes...I show a movie during class. Gasp! I know, the horror! I often break up a movie and show it in pieces, but for some occasions, watching the whole film is the best choice. The students get so excited when they hear they're going to get to watch something, which is great...but too often, the excitement doesn't last. By the halfway point of the movie the students are fading.
I can rationalize the purpose for showing my classes a movie...but not if they all sleep through it!

This year, I just happened to have padlet up on my laptop while writing lesson plans and an idea occurred to me. 

What if I post different questions about what we're watching throughout
the movie and require the students to respond in real time?

I was worried about the students having Chromebooks open during the movie, but it turned out to be no big deal. I set the expectation that they were not to leave the padlet page and it worked fine. I circulated to check from time to time, but there were no issues.

Here's an example of a padlet students completed during an exploration of trickster myths:
They were responsible for listing 3 thoughts/reactions/emotions they experienced while viewing/listening to the myths, 2 examples of trickster characteristics, and 1 response to the lesson question, "Why do you think the trickster archetype was so important to African American slaves?"


The students enjoyed this break from a more typical fill-in-the-blanks sheet and I enjoyed a more alert, focused class during the videos.

Give it a try! I promise the kids will get a kick out of it and you'll enjoy their responses!



P.S. Not able to provide a laptop to each of your students (or not sure you're interested in trying out this idea)? Check out my Meaningful Movie Guides. They're not your usual follow-along notes!













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