Padlet: Paper for the Web

ImageWe give you a blank wall.  You put anything you want on it, anywhere. Simple, yet powerful.”

Padlet is an online tool that you can use to create an informative and interactive online wall.

Here are some of Padlet’s features that make it worth sharing:

  • It uses common software features such as drag and drop and autosave.
  • Instant collaboration (great if you are trying out the Flipped Classroom approach)
  • Multimedia capabilities including adding YouTube videos, photos, and documents such as Word Documents and PDFs directly to the wall.
  • You can select different privacy features. You can make your wall public, private, or you can share it with a select few.
  • You can select different sharing features. You can set permissions for individuals to be able to add to or alter the wall or you can make it to where they are only allowed to view your wall.
  • It works on mobile devices.
  • It’s embeddable. There is already a plug-in for WordPress (Yay!!)
  • Plus you can choose your own web address/URL for your wall. You can pick a padlet.com address or you can pick a domain that you already own. My padlet.com address for my presentation is http://padlet.com/wall/bclevelandsoccer.

I created a wall for a class presentation using Padlet instead of PowerPoint. You can see how I used Padlet for my project by clicking here. You can also few other, possibly more impressive, walls by viewing the Padlet Gallery.

Want to give it a try? Click the Build a wall icon below to get started.

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Can a board game teach coding to preschoolers?

blue-6201-300x229NPR posted a story that came across my Facebook page. The author, Elise Hu, tells us about how a new board game is targeting preschoolers in the hopes of teaching them how to code. You can view Hu’s article This Board Game Aims to Teach Preschoolers How to Code by clicking here.

To briefly summarize the article, the board game was developed by start-up entrepreneur and former Google employee, Dan Shapiro. He decided to come up with a way to play a game with his kids that wouldn’t bore him. So, he came up with his own game called Robot Turtles. It’s a board game, not a computer game, that teaches the fundamentals of programming. The game doesn’t use words to do this. Instead, children learn “by cutting out clip art cards and moving the cards based on what the kids were doing”.

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50 Education Technology Tools You Can Start Using Today

I came across this blog post on Edudemic and wanted to share. Below is an image of a Symbaloo Gallery Webmixof 50 Apps that you can use in the classroom. The Gallery was made by LaSonya Cobbs,an Instructional Technology Specialist for New Caney ISD, where she works with teachers to integrate technology in their classrooms.

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Click image to go to the 50 Apps Webmix