I don't remember where I saw Padlet used for math but I kept the idea in the back of my head. This week, I wanted to start embedding technology into our work across content as a natural part of the process. I didn't want to teach a lesson on Padlet or talk directly about the tool but I did want kids to begin to experience various tools could support thinking and learning.
So before school began, I started a padlet with the problem we'd be solving. I didn't share it with students yet but, as students were working on a math problem, I bopped around as I always do, looking a student work and finding a variety of strategies. I decided to take photos of 4 students' work and add photos of each to the padlet. About 3-4 minutes before I gathered the class to share, I invited these 4 students to look at the padlet and to add their words to their work--what had they done to solve the problem. I had each child use a different computer so as the rest of the class gathered for share time, they could see the 4 students simultaneously adding to the padlet. The talk was around math and the strategies each had used, but the power of the technology was evident.
Because we'd been talking about how we could learn from each other and how we might want to go back to a past problem to solve a new one, I wanted to make this something kids could easily go back to if they want to later in the year. I also thought it was a great opportunity to write a quick shared post on our class website. So we added our Padlet to the math section of our Weebly and wrote a quick blurb about the activity. This hopefully gives students an anchor for talk at home about learning at school.
This was really simple and the addition of Padlet took no extra time. The focus was still on math but Padlet helped us look at the possible strategies and to hold on to those in a way that we couldn't without technology. By putting this on our class website, this resource can be accessed whenever a child thinks it might be helpful.