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Example of a padlet board

Padlet (formerly called Wallwisher) is a shared virtual space which can be used  and shared  in a variety of ways (moodle, blog, e-mail, facebook, twitter, etc.). Accounts are not necessary, but it helps to get a free account if you want more control over the site and use it frequently.

 It’s been around for several years now, and it has been very robust. I use it a lot, especially for brainstorming activities, for microblogging, as an icebreaker, and a quick way to share links, images, or information. It works on pretty much any device: computer, tablet, smartphone, etc. It’s also a great tool for workshops because nobody needs an account, and the visual of the cork board means that everyone gets the idea of the tool instantly, explanations not necessary. The only downside is that if a lot of people work on it simultaneously, the arrangement of the individual items can get a bit unorganized. But that is really only a minor complaint.

For me, it’s one of those tools that I keep coming back to. This semester, it has been especially helpful in my advanced writing seminar.

Here’s a test site: double-click anywhere and try it out right now: http://padlet.com/wall/languagecenter

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  1. Mauricio says:

    First of all, I am enjoying gtinetg to know your site. My name is Kim; I am a student teacher, working on my single subject credential in English and I am excited to learn all that I can about teaching and technology. You put a great deal of thought into your blog postings and the fact that you update as often as you do is pretty amazing. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with not only students and teachers, but the rest of the world. This particular blog is spot on regarding everything that I have been learning, not only in my teacher instruction courses, but in the NCTE briefs that I have been studying also. I am thankful to see specific examples as to how a teacher can apply the theory and/or research one reads/studies in the classroom regarding the integration of the student literacies that they bring to the classroom. Since these literacies are often technology based and social in context, they should be able to fit right into the curriculum of a classroom which is built on the idea that students should have a voice and that this voice can be both valued and nurtured (and in my book, reading and writing are terrific vehicles to get students on the right path to finding their way).

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