Set the bar higher with collaboration.

Collaborative work and class participation provide students an opportunity to share and synthesize ideas and concepts while engaging in critical thinking skills and problem solving (Hrastinski, 2009). The perfect tool for this is Padlet. Available on any device, this platform allows students to create, share, and interact with classmates and teachers. Collaboration can occur within classes or with students around the world.

Teachers have quite a few options when creating the collaborative space, called padlets, for their students. After selecting the privacy level (password protected or public are two of the options), three different layouts (square board, feed of information, or open canvas) are presented to choose from for meeting the needs of the group. Options for wallpapers are available to help focus the group as well including organizing tools, charts, calendars, storyboards, and even a To-Do list.

Users of Padlet can post a variety of file types including photos, video, music, and documents. This platform even supports embedding content not allowed on most sites like spreadsheets and Autocad, or content from other sites including social media and news sites. Once posted in the private or public forum, students can comment and discuss the material presented, gathering their collaborative group’s ideas and work in one easy to use space.

With the collaborative features of Padlet, meeting several of the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) Standards for Students is easy. Students have the opportunity to become empowered learners, knowledge constructors, creative communicators, and even innovative designers when engaging in their Padlet space. Opening the forum to work with other students from around the country or world can raise the bar to meet ISTE’s global collaborator standard.

Using Padlet as a collaboration space for your students is the best way “to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning” (ISTE Standards for STUDENTS, 2016). A variety of account types are available including special packaging for schools and businesses.   

Resources.

Hrastinski, S. (2009). A theory of online learning as online participation. Computers & Education, 52(1), 78–82. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2008.06.009

International Society for Technology in Education. (2016) ISTE Standards for Students. Retrieved February 13, 2019, from https://www.iste.org/standards/for-educators

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