I did an activity in a middle school math class last week where the teacher created a “Problem of the Week” sheet which had a different problem for every class taught. We then had the students work with a Partner, solve the Problem for their class period, and post it on a Padlet (an Internet Bulletin Board). Students were to explain how they solved the problem, as though the person reading the explanation was being taught the concept for the first time. Students posted their explanation on a Word Document, saved it, and then uploaded it to the site.
We locked and password protected the site so that students could only see their own class’ work until the end of the day. They were to then go home and finish the other class’ problems for homework…but not for posting.
Using the Padlet allows students to work outside of their classroom and also share their work with parents. The Padlet allows you to Monitor and Control the contents of the wall before it becomes live on the web, as well as allowing the teacher to set a password, create a unique web address, and keep the site Unlisted or Private.
As a “twist” to this activity…students within the class can be paired up, with each group working to solve a different problem…then at the end of the period, students posted their work to the Padlet board representing the problem they worked on. Students went to the Interactive White Board, having the Padlet up on the screen, and shared with the remainder of the class, how they solved their particular problem.
The nice thing about this type of activity is that it can be used over many different disciplines different types of activities, and at varying grade levels. On the Padlet you can post pictures, Word Documents, PDF’s, URL’s, Power points, Photo Story presentations and videos.
The great thing about this activity is it really registers high up on the scale as far as their Communication & Collaboration with audiences outside of their classroom, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving to engage in open-ended learning experiences that require higher order thinking skills, Creativity & Innovation by having the students apply existing knowledge to create ideas and products…Research & Information Fluency to use information and resources to accomplish real-world tasks.
This free tool can be found at www.padlet.com