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PADLET: A Total Game Changer in my Classroom

Published / by kellharr / 1 Comment on PADLET: A Total Game Changer in my Classroom

Is your district constantly asking you how you differentiate to meet all learners?  Do you teach unleveled classes?  Do you find it challenging to meet the needs of your struggling learners while creating extra material for your high achievers?  I’ve got the solution for you…PADLET.  PADLET is a free online bulletin board.  Let me say that again, it is FREE!  I am by no means affiliated with PADLET but definitely love it.  The options are endless…you can use it simply to post notes to your students or you can have them respond to a question.  You can have them create posts {post three questions about the article we just read} then have them respond to someone else’s post during class, you can link videos, thinglink, games, websites, launch a project, upload pictures from one of your trips, create your own background or create an online gallery of student projects for the whole class to see.  You can make your PADLET public or private and decide who you share the link with.  You can also send the link of the project gallery home to parents and say, “Check out your students’ work in Spanish class.” There are so many options. You can play around with the settings to decide who can post/can’t post or if each post needs moderator {you!} approval or not.  You create a post by double clicking…how easy is that?

I was introduced to PADLET a few years ago but totally found my groove with it this year.  I work in a middle school that has 1:1 Chromebooks for all three grade levels.  I moved up to the middle school after teaching fifteen years at the elementary school level so I am still trying to figure out how to challenge my high achievers, fast finishers and provide supplemental activities for my struggling students.  PADLET was my answer.  Our school uses Schoology but I was finding that my students only clicked on the first link in the unit folder I created.  They weren’t exploring the links/activities that I had put together for each unit.  On PADLET the student is looking at all of the choices and I have found that they like to check each one out….teacher victory!  I also found it beneficial to categorize your posts.  I use “vocabulario,” “juegos” and “videos.”  I’ve shown you two of my examples down below.  One is categorized and one is not.

Check out this PADLET that I created for my 7th graders.  We still use ¡En Español! {sigh} so I wanted to spice things up.  For this chapter I gave my classes three options to practice vocabulary, four options for games {wink, wink} and five video options that reinforce the unit that we are studying.  Sometimes we use it as our warm-up {usually at the end of the week}, as a brain break, as a fast finisher activity, to study from, for repeated practice, and to challenge my high students while providing reinforcement for my lower students.  The best part is that is keeps all of my students happy and busy in the target language!  I would definitely recommend having a timer on hand because your students will get lost in PADLET land.

Here is a PADLET tutorial board. (not created by me)

Here is a PADLET that I used for el Día de los Muertos.

How do you use PADLET?  If this is new to you, how would you use PADLET?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Thank you for stopping by my blog.


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