Ryan3477 (2009). Retrieved from http://ryan3477.deviantart.com/art/Post-it-120722792?offset=10#comments

Ryan3477 (2009). Retrieved from http://ryan3477.deviantart.com/art/Post-it-120722792?offset=10#comments

I created a wall using Wallwhisher or now is called Padlet about traveling.  I decided to ask a simple question, “where would you like to travel to and why?” I am a traveler and I love seeing new places I thought it would be interesting to see where other people would like to travel to.   Since I was an undergrad student at UMW I have wanted to travel to Machu Picchu (Peru) so I added a short explanation in my sticky note about Machu Picchu and I also added a copyright friendly image. I thought it was really useful that we can add pictures to our sticky notes because it allows the reader to link the words to the image. After creating my sticky note I  sent e-mails to my friends and family members so they can add their input to my wall. It was awesome to see where they want to travel. Also, I took it a step further and added my wall link to a twitter post for my classmates and followers to see if they wanted to create a sticky note since my wall is set to the public (you can still add a sticky note about a place you want to travel to, just click here and then double click on my wall to add your sticky note).

Padlet is another productivity tool, which allows students to collaborate with one another. Our textbook Web 2.0 How-To For Educators explains  “the goal an purpose  [of these tools] has been to make public the types of development, creativity, and other activities that their students typically do individually. These tools have also afforded educators a way in which to promote and encourage collaboration authentically in the development of projects and papers” (Solomon & Schrum, 2010, p.69). Students working in groups for a project can use this tool to communicate their ideas. Also this is a great way for teachers to see their students’ thinking process and how they are working together rather than just seeing a final product. This is a great tool for collaborations as I have mentioned and discussions. All of the students can participate even those who are shy and rarely speak up in class. I found a couple of websites and blogs that provide great ideas on how to use this tool in the classroom. For example,

Classroom rules: In a wall ask students to write one classroom/ school rule in a sticky note. Also, student could write the consequences for breaking a rule.

Make a class profile : each student can use a sticky note to write something about themselves and upload a picture.

Choose a Spanish speaking country: I can ask students to pick Spanish-speaking country and make a wall incorporating information and pictures about the country. Then ask them to go to at least another classmate wall and provide feedback, questions, or comments.

Questions/ comments Wall: Students can ask questions or post recommendations. Also parents can be involved if I provide them with a wall for questions and a list of assignments and due dates.

Brain storming: Students can post their ideas for a project/ essay

However, before using this tool teachers should require students to make an account and inform students that every time they add a sticky note to a wall they need to do it after they sign in so the teacher knows who post it what. Maybe for a wall about questions students can write anonymously but for other walls it is important to see who is participating and also because many students might forget to add their names to their sticky notes.

I will keep this tool in mind when I begin my teaching career.

Reference:

Solomon, G., & Schrum, L. (2010). Web 2.0: How to for educators. International Society for Technology in Education