Challenge 5: Padlet
This challenge is about setting up spaces for others to share. Think of it as creating your own virtual campfire! You already had the chance to post to Padlets during end of year PD. Now you’ll get to try creating your own. You will create a Padlet on any theme of your choice, post the link to your blog, and invite other campers to post.
1. If you don’t already have a Padlet account, set one up at Padlet.com. You can do this in any browser on your iPad or computer. If you're on the iPad, be sure you're in Safari, not the Kidblog app, when you create your Padlet. Note: You can create Padlets without an account, but creating an account gives you more options and easier access to pages you have created.
2. Tap the + to create a new Padlet.
3. Initially, you will be looking at a plain gray Padlet. Tap the gear icon to Modify this wall.
4. Modify your settings as follows:
5. Create a new post on Kidblog and include Challenge 5 in the subject line. In the text of your post, include a link to your Padlet along with an enthusiastic and persuasive exhortation for others to post to your Padlet. If you prefer to encourage others through video, audio, or rhyme, feel free! But text is fine. Need help posting a link in Kidblog? Watch the tutorial! In your post, please also include a brief reflection.
6. To complete this challenge and earn your badge, post to at least two Padlets from other campers.
Unlike the other tools we’ve used so far, Padlet isn’t for creating, and it isn’t an app. It’s a website for collecting and sharing. Padlet is a great way to collect text and images from different people. You can also collect links, audio recordings, or videos. It’s free, and you can customize how (and whether) others can view or write on your Padlet wall. Padlet is one of those very user-friendly, simple tools that can have a huge impact in any classroom because it makes sharing, collaboration, and online publishing incredibly simple.
You can use Padlet to gather questions, observations, photos/screen shots of text with typed student responses, new learning, and more. Imagine students snapping photos of specific sections of text and posting them to your Padlet, along with their own thinking. It’s not just for the teacher -- it’s there to inspire the whole class! Students can collaboratively publish web pages about different topics by posting their images and information on a Padlet page. Padlet can be an easy and password-free backchannel. Students can contribute to a shared wall of book blurbs and include photos of the book covers. You can gather thinking from individual book clubs using multiple Padlets. Or gather various problem solving strategies for a math problem in one shared space. You can use Padlet for pretty much anything you want to gather and share.
Think about how you would have kids access your Padlets in the classroom. To practice one easy method, try using qrstuff.com to create a QR code to your Padlet. If you’re feeling really crazy, create a new Padlet, post your QR code to the Arts & Crafts shed, and encourage your fellow campers to download a QR reader like Qrafter and scan your code. Now, scanning a code on a screen isn’t normally the way to go, but creating QR codes can make it really easy for your students to access Padlets in your classroom. Try it!
To earn your badge
Create your own Padlet and post a link to the blog with a persuasive invitation for others to check out your Padlet. Post to at least two other campers’ Padlets, too!