EDU605: Week 4 – Utilizing Padlet as a DI Tool. Allow your students to self explore.

Linking Padlet to Digital Exit Slips 

As technology evolves, teachers and students both are immersed with an array of tools to integrate into teaching and learning. Assessments, both summative and formative, are an essential part of the teaching and learning process. “Assessment routinely takes place as a unit begins to determine the particular needs of individuals in relation to the unit’s goals” (Tomlinson, 2001, p.4). One tool specifically that educators frequently utilize to assess learning are exit slips. “In its simplest form, an exit slip is an index card or piece of paper on which individual students respond to a prompt from the teacher” (ASCD, 2012). With the push for integrating technology in the classroom, a new spin has evolved on the traditional exit slip… Digital Exit Slips!

Here is a young student that describes how to utilize Padlet. She demonstrates how to logon and naviagte through Padlet.

I’ve applied these traditional exit slips and feel that they are a great strategy for quickly assessing student learning. I selected digital exit slips as a focus in the hopes of becoming more efficient and effective. Students’ responses are compiled onto one screen, instead of 21 different pieces of paper. Exit slips also force students to be concise in their responses, as time and space is limited. “The key 21st century skill in all of these approaches is synthesis, the ability to cut to the essence of an idea or concept and communicate in an effective, succinct, compelling manner… digital tools via mobile devices are a perfect resource for breaking down the walls of the classroom, gathering immediate feedback on learning, and sharing in social media communities” (Levinson, 2013).

“Padlet is an online shared space students can post notes, multimedia files, hyperlinks and documents on” (Schaaf, 2015). It is a great way to bridge exit slips with the digital world. Ryan Schaaf, Assistant Professor of Technology at Notre Dame of Maryland University states, “Padlet enables me to have students not only share exit responses as text, but to also share exit responses as hyperlinks. For example, if my students have been working on research projects I will ask them to share a link to something they found that day along with an explanation of how it is relevant to their research” (Byrne, 2014).

Below is a video on how to incorporate Padlet within the classroom.

This video demonstrates how to use Padlet in the classroom, how to navigate Padlet, as well as sharing multiple ways to use Padlet with students. This is a great tool that could definately be incorporated in the classroom. Educators and students can use it to collaborate, present, and reflect. Although I began using Padlet for digital exit slips, this video has given me a multitude of practical and effective ways to integrate this technology into my classroom. Students ahve the ability to scan their work and their peers and teachers can review their work or documents. Students can post right on the scanned exemplar and respond accordingly. Students will be able to reply back to feedback and post comments. A great tool to use with peers and to get valued feedback they need need to continue to learn and grow.

Padlet is a great way for students to collaborate beyond the four walls of the classroom. As long as you have internet activity and the web address, anyone could potentially post to the wall. One could connect to other students, other schools, and even other countries! Although the idea of connecting with schools around the world excites me, I am hesitant. I worry about student safety and exposing third grade students to a forum where I am unsure of the partner class/teacher’s intentions. I wonder how educators can safely connect with other educators with similar goals.

References:

ASCD. (2012). The Many uses of exit slips. Retrieved from http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/oct12/vol70/num02/The-Many-Uses-of-Exit-Slips.aspx

Levinson M. (2013). Hit the mark with digital media exit cards. [Web log]

https://padlet.com

Padlet’s Many Uses for the Classroom – YouTube. (2014). Retrieved May 27, 2016, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c9vWCPn8ys.

Schaaf, R. (2015). 10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips – TeachThought. Retrieved from http://www.teachthought.com/uncategorized/smart-tools-for-digital-exit-slips/.

Tomlinson, C. A. (2001). How to differentiate instruction in mixed-ability classrooms. Alexandria, Va: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.Utilizing

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