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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Flipping The Classroom

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Click on image to watch a short video about the Flipped Classroom (Center for Teaching and Learning)

Flipping the classroom means looking at the learning process from a totally different perspective. Instead of teaching a lesson during class time and assigning homework to practice what they have learned during class, students view videos and post discussion questions while at home after school. The next day, students come back into class, they go over the discussions and then apply what they have learned the night before during class time. The entire class time is spent with the teacher actually helping you master the class material. Students move at their own pace.

Interested?

Below are some resources that help you get an idea about what “flipping the classroom” means and some way in which you can get started:

Websites:

The Center for Teaching and Learning: What is a “Flipped Classroom?”

Knewton: The Flipped Classroom: Turning the Traditional Classroom on it’s Head 

Vanderbilt University: Center for Teaching: Flipping the Classroom

Videos:

Why I Flipped My Classroom (YouTube video)

Quizlet

Image Create online flash cards that can do so much more than the traditional card stock version on Quizlet. It’s FREE and in my opinion very fun to use!!

Quizlet was founded in 2005 by 15-year-old Andrew Sutherland for a high-school French class. He wanted an easy-to-use tool for learning vocabulary. He built Quizlet for himself, shared it with his friends, and it grew from there.

Quizlet is now among the largest educational website in the world. Millions of teachers and students from every country in the world use Quizlet.

You can create your own list of terms or pick from an already created list. You can search for a class list that has been created by your teacher or someone in your  class or you can create and share a list with your class. You can insert images for picture ID for animals, plants, countries, etc. There is a very nice and clear computer narration option that reads the cards out loud during the review process.

Check out the one that I created for my class assignment entitled DANGER!! Watch out for these critters!! The one issue that I found with the cards is that I typed a lot of information about the critters and plants on the back side of the card. When it came time for the review portion for the flashcards (scatter, race, and test) in order to get each one correct, you had to type in everything that I had written. I’m sure there is a way that this can be corrected if you spend some time with it. I didn’t mind it myself, since it was for demonstration purposes.