Here are some websites that are collaborative learning spaces for teachers and students.
Our first year of the challenge we presented on a collaborative sticky notes board called Linoit. Click on this link to see the Day 27 post – (Website is no longer available) from year one of the challenge. Linoit is still a great tool and is live and well on the web at en.linoit.com. Linoit is a totally free stickies board that allows you or a group of you to collaborate by adding sticky notes to the same web space. However, instead of covering Linoit again, we are going to introduce another similar tool.
Padlet is not a new website, but rather is an old one in disguise. The popular website called Wallwisher was converted to a new site called padlet in February of this year. Padlet is super easy to use in three easy steps.
Step 1: go to padlet.com
Step 2: click on “Build a Wall”
Step 3: double click and create!
Padlet is a great way to create ideas or notes and get them written down so that you can organize them or just get them “on paper” for later use. You can share your Padlet with others through a link, facebook, twitter, google +, blogger, email, an embed code, or even an auto-generated QR code. You can even choose the url for your padlet if you choose. There is no account to create unless you want to save your padlet links online. There may be a few features that are not allowed until you create an account, but I just used my google account to login super easy and I don’t have to remember another password! Before we started this years 30 day challenge we used padlet to organize some of our possibilities for the challenge. We did not use all of the ideas, but we certainly didn’t leave them out because they weren’t good. As an added bonus, here was our brainstorming padlet for 30 Day Challenge ideas. We also used it to assign posts to different ICATS so that we knew who was going to make each post. Here is the link to the full padlet that you see below: https://padlet.com/kris_gordon/30DC13 (Note the custom URL :))
Yes, there are many ways we could have accomplished this same task, but using Padlet let us play around with the tool, have fun, and collaborate on an actual project while doing it. We hope that you are able to find ways to incorporated these tools into your teaching in the same way!