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)