Approximately EVERY teacher or student I have spoken with today is really burnt out. I feel it...they feel it...there is something in the distance learning air today. So, with that said, this is going to be a short post giving SERIOUS LOVE to Padlet.
If you go back and read the 20+ post in this "Online Teaching Reflection" series, you will see my commitment to keeping my technology simple/reduced to Google Tools only. That all changed when my good friend, and fellow educator, convinced me to try Padlet a medium for sharing in Hackathon ideas in my engineering class.
Since then I have been absolutely LOVING the ability to students to comment quickly, and in fashion that both values clean aesthetics, simplicity, functionality, and limited branding. I was convinced that I could model the same process with a public Google Doc, but when I tried Padlet, I was soon convinced that it was a much better medium.
Padlet's clean and functional aesthetic allows for an excellent medium for student public product, and collective commenting, judging, and feedback. Padlet is now an essential part of my EdTech Toolbox and I am happy to support them by purchasing an upgraded account.
Click here (and see screenshot below) for an example of a Padlet created during yesterday's chemistry class. After learning about Intermolecular Forces, students shared various examples in industry, nature ,biomimicry, etc, and then commented on one another's posts. Love it!