The answer is a whole heck of a lot. I was recently introduced to Padlet and I haven’t stopped using it since! Here’s why:
- Collaboration – depending on the setting you choose, content can be posted on your Padlet wall and multiple students can comment on it. In the same way, students can collaborate on media and writing pieces by literally co-writing sections or providing descriptive feedback for their peers.
- Availability – because Padlet is an online program, students can access their content from school, home, or anywhere else. Students can collaborate simultaneously or at different times.
- Security – Padlet has various security settings that make it simple to work safely online with your students. Walls can be closed to all but the contributors or open to the world.
- Media – entries on a Padlet wall can be linked to photos, videos, websites, or just about any file on your computer. This allows students to express themselves using just about any type of media they can get their hands on.
As you can see, this site has great possibilities for elementary students. I’ve included a wall showing some of the basic connections my students made to the novel “Holes” as we read through the book. Since then we’ve used it in a wide variety of ways, from studying tools to peer-teaching media. Can’t wait to hear how you are using it…