I have used Padlet in the past when I have attended training courses, but at a department meeting this week I was reminded how simple and effective Padlet can be for student collaboration. This afternoon I decided to use it with my Spanish Phase 2 class. The students have been learning about pronominal verbs and for their homework had to write sentences using a selection of these verbs in different tenses. This time, instead of them writing their answers on a mini-whiteboard, they typed their sentences one by one into Padlet. As they typed it was a fantastic opportunity for them to see what the others were writing, and as a class, we could identify mistakes as well as like the responses that were correct. Admittedly, with 10 sentences to write for homework, writing all of these in Padlet was a bit of a lengthy task. However, it was a very simple and effective activity that I intend to use again in the future for shorter tasks. A colleague reminded me that Padlet is the perfect tool when students are learning how to effectively describe a picture for a speaking exam (MYP, DP or GCSE). As the students share their descriptions of the picture, they can look at the other student contributions for more ideas and inspiration. So, how do we use Padlet? Simply sign up here and follow the very simple, user-friendly instructions.
I have been teaching French and Spanish for 13 years. I qualified and started teaching in the UK, and I currently work at Shanghai Community International School, China. I have experience teaching GCSEs and IB DP and MYP. Find out more about me within these blog pages or below at Linked In.