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30 Day eLearning Challenge

Day 30 #30DC13: Collaborative Learning Spaces

Here are some websites that are collaborative learning spaces for teachers and students.

Linoit

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

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”

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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.  Padlet QRYou 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 :))

Made with Padlet

 

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!

More Stickies!

Your Final Challenge

Your last Challenge for this year is to review the linked Padlet above because there are lots of resources on it that we just couldn’t fit into this year’s challenge, then post on how a collaborative learning space like Padlet could be used in your classroom.  As always, if you have additional resources that you use for the same type of functionality, please share those with the group!
You have until 11:59 pm Wednesday, December 18, 2013 to complete all your challenges.  If you need confirmation of your completion prior to that time, please send me an email and I’ll get back with you as soon as I can.  Remember that “Active Participation” means that you have contributed a resource or classroom use of the tool and more than simply a cordial comment to each challenge post.  Thanks!

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Brian Hartman December 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm

I would love to try a site like either of these as a way to summarize a unit. The teacher could start with a central ideas and then have student collaboratively supply supporting details. Or maybe do a similar thing after they had a reading to do as a means drawing out the important details with each student contributing to the collective. Lots of fun things can happen and these types of adventures can really draw students into the learning.

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kelleybland December 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

I have gained some amazing knowledge through this experience.

Thanks for sharing!

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kelleybland December 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

I really like this because I often have students come to the board to make lists of vocabulary they remember. It takes a long time that way. I also love that they then have it saved for later reference. I really think the students will like this as well. It is so easy to use, that I think I could use it with even my first graders. I also like that we can add pictures!

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mmemmer December 16, 2013 at 7:44 pm

I’ve never used any of these or even knew they existed. That’s the same for almost everything I’ve learned in the 30 Day Challenge! There are students who are on their computers a lot and I could use one of these programs for them to find resources for our science lessons. They could also post their questions and it would be easy for me to get back with them.

I have also learned a lot from reading other teachers’ comments. It’s been great, but I’m also almost overwhelmed with all the new information and idea.

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Sue December 16, 2013 at 9:10 am

As with most of these challenges, I have not heard of Padlet. After reviewing, I believe it’s similar to Wallwisher, which I have used as a collaborative tool. Both are a great resource for what I call, “silent discussions,” where a discussion takes place visually instead of verbally. I have seen students take an idea or discussion on Wallwisher and turned it into another discussion. The great thing about these programs is that it allows students, who might otherwise be too shy to respond verbally, to get their point across in a constructive way.

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tracilangford December 16, 2013 at 8:07 am

Padlet is a great resource for collaborating. I can see this used in the classrooms to work in groups and students can share information. If a student is not at school, a a student is working in pairs, it is hard to continue the project. With this resource, work can continue and still be shared.
We often have students creating stories together, science fair projects, and cartoons to show their knowledge. This would be a great way to work together.
I saw some other resources posted at the bottom that I guess you did not have time for but would love to look in to later. Planbook, Book creator, and of course imovie.
I have learned so much from this 30 day Challenge, in fact there is so much out there that I am still overwhelmed. Implementing just the ones from the 30 day Challenge will take some time but I know the students will love them and I will too.

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Pam Lindsey December 15, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Our elementary schools will join our 1:1 initiative next year so there will be a lot of conversations taking place next semester. Padlet would be one way that we could collaborate across two buildings and share ideas by grade level or content areas.

Our guidance counselor used it earlier this year after watching a character video. She had students give examples and answer questions by posting to different sections of the wall.

Padlet would also be a fun way for students to to demonstrate understanding by posting support from the text. If your post has to be a new idea, kids will dig deeper to find a new example.

I would also like to echo others’ sentiments by saying thanks for all of the wonderful ideas! This has been a great way to stay “fresh” on what’s out there! I have passed along so many of the things I’ve learned to other teachers in our corporation. Can’t wait to do it again next year!

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Melissa Mayer December 15, 2013 at 9:59 am

First off thanks again for an awesome 30 day challenge. You guys continue to amaze me at all the Free collaborative technology that we can use in our classrooms. I see using Padlet in collaborative projects with students like; state reports, having students/staff read different parts of a chapter in a book and then reporting on them,or science experiments or projects. I can also see leadership and PLC teams sharing out items that were discussed and then others adding to it. I really like the fact that they can continually be added to and be put into a QR code or embedded. Thanks again for all the great ideas over the past 30 days.

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amykerney December 15, 2013 at 8:52 am

I could see using padlet in my science class. Students could record and share data from an investigation. We could then organize the data into a graph or chart.

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gaylemooney December 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I used Padlet when it was Wall Wisher with kids in creating Weebly pages. They really liked using it. I checked out Linoit and it looks great. I know students could benefit from using something like this before a test they could post notes or questions about what might be on the test. It would also be a great way to replace the “parking lot” chart paper that is sometimes used in a faculty meeting or workshop. Thanks for the challenge. My new favorite tool is Blendspace. It is so easy to use!!

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aliciabuse2013 December 13, 2013 at 6:38 pm

I used Padlet when it was still Wallwisher…very nice site. With my students having iPads, I also like the Linoit app. Linoit would be nice for times when students need to do some work on their own at home or where Internet is t available.

With either of these sites, I plan to use them in Biology to review vocabulary more interactively..for example give a group a term, then give them time to describe the meaning using words beginning with a specific letter. I also plan to use it for more student centered learning on complex topics. Rather than lecture, students could do their own research to add video, photos, etc to explain concepts in their own way.

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aliciabuse2013 December 13, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I am not sure what I did to lose my picture…I’ll be checking into that next :(

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Heather Coy December 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Collaborative sites are lots of fun! We’ve created Linoit bulletin boards on our Weebly website for students in literature circles to post predictions about their next reading assignment, students to post links to articles and videos related to social justice issues, and recommendations for Ted Talk videos I like the look and possibilities of Padlet which could be used in the same way Linoit is but also to help in the planning of group projects, presentations, and community service projects. Lot of uses!

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jtcox4 December 13, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Thank you guys so much for putting this challenge on. I have used or shared everything you guys have posted! I love how Padlet can continually be added to. It would be great to watch it grow and transform over time. Future students can go back to check out past ideas and resources. Thanks again for a great challenge.

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Kris Gordon December 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

JT,
Thanks for participating and we hope that your teachers at Greater Clark are successful in implementing them!

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Melinda Poole December 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Immediately upon learning of this resource I pictured using it in our leadership team. Thinking professionally, We have different teams that meet, and have to report back. This would be a quick view easy way to report back findings, resources, and ideas. I see it as a nice way ot brainstorm in the classroom. Writing, (web) , art ( ideas for topics to make artwork on. I have loved each and everyday of this challenge. I can’t wait to get to put everything to use.

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Kris Gordon December 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Glad you have enjoyed it!

Thanks for your participation!

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shanwright December 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

First off, this has been an amazing thing to be a part of and thank you for providing these wonderful resources. I have used many of them daily in class.

We started using Padlet this year and the possibilities seem endless. I have used Padlet to give a quiz, poll my students, have class discussions, and review vocabulary. I am considering having them put a Padlet together for each of the 13 Colonies to collect facts and review what we have learned. Students also enjoy using it to outline information for themselves, as a way to organize their thoughts and ideas for writing topics.

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Kris Gordon December 13, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Using Padlet for quizzes is not a use that I imagined…. Kudos to you for making that work!

Thanks for participating!

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Beth Bohnert (@bbohnert) December 13, 2013 at 11:04 am

I use Padlet in my class during presentations. Students post questions on the wall that they think of during student presentations. Once the presentation is over, we go over the questions. Since I have a small class, I post the Padlets to Moodle and my students can review them if we have additional activities with their presentations. Posting was slow at first, but they are getting the hang of it. Bonus points for posting extra comments worked well too. Another teacher in our building used it for her students to post thoughts about an article the class read. This turned into a great class discussion as everyone could see the points the others chose to write about.

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Kris Gordon December 13, 2013 at 11:46 am

Great use of a collaborative space resource for “parking lot” questions!

Thanks for being part of the Challenge!

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gaylemooney December 16, 2013 at 10:17 am

Great idea Beth!

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Tyra Harnishfeger (@tyra_8) December 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

Padlet seems like a great app to use during classroom discussion. As information is added, the board that is created can be turned into a PDF and sent to others. I can see using this as a study review tool as well. At the end of the review, the board can be shared with students so they can review further at home.

Thank you for all of these great ideas! I have really enjoyed the 30 day challenge!!

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Kris Gordon December 13, 2013 at 11:44 am

Thanks for participating in the Challenge! Without people commenting on the posts, the learning is only half-done. It requires conversation from educators like you!

Thanks Again!

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kathyhughes2013 December 13, 2013 at 10:49 am

I can use Padlet in my Marketing Class for a Project on the 4 P’s. I will separate them into groups of 4 and have them use the same company to collaborate their section of the marketing concept. This will enable them to use teamwork to share for the final paper.
I have learned so much from this challenge…thanks everyone!

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Kris Gordon December 13, 2013 at 11:43 am

We are glad that you learned some new resources to use in the classroom! Please let us know how your projects work out!

Thanks for participating!

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Paul December 13, 2013 at 10:25 am

Woah. Linoit is crazy! Ive never seen a website that is able to do this sort of thing. I would use this as a community posting place for help with math. I can differentiate a lot in the classroom, but this could serve as a student centered contribution of help in their math class. I like the ability to post pictures or links or videos or writings.

I see myself using this as a online bulletin board for each class that I teach. A great place to keep things organized and together. As well as a homework help or study guide help collection of information that the students can contribute to. You could even use it as a sort of group assessment tool (if you cant turn off the delete feature).

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Kris Gordon December 13, 2013 at 11:41 am

I believe that Padlet only lets the person who created the note to delete it with the exception of the padlet owner.

Thanks for participating!

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Leah Simon December 13, 2013 at 10:12 am

I want to use padlet more (used wallwisher a few times) in our PLC work next semester and in the future to plan, brainstorm, and reflect. In the classroom, students could use it for review of topics before a final exam (possibly an alternative to making a review packet/page). Ideas are endless! Thanks again for a great 30 days.

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Kris Gordon December 13, 2013 at 11:38 am

Thank you for participating!

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Miranda Owen December 13, 2013 at 10:10 am

I have my students complete a research project every year about natural disasters. As a part of this project, they are required to take notes. Because the note taking process can be so daunting, I separate that part into 5 different sections. I have 5 different classes, so 1 person in each class takes a different section. Normally, I use VoiceThreads for the students to collaborate, but I really like the idea of using either Padlet or Linoit this year. Actually, I’m thinking that I could use both. I still like the idea of using VoiceThreads, because the students are able to actually talk to other students in other classes, but I like the idea of the post-it part as well, because then they can communicate in a different way.

Also, I do a lot with Socrative seminars, so I think this would be a great way to jump-start the conversation or use it at the end to sum up what they have learned from the other members in the class.

Outside of the classroom, I think this would be a great tool to use for the dreaded RISE rubric. I believe that being able to jot down things that you have done for each domain would be helpful by the end of the year. It would all be in one central location, which will make it easier to show as evidence. (I know that this isn’t in the classroom, but the thought came to me, because we talked about RISE in our last staff meeting.)

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Kris Gordon December 13, 2013 at 11:37 am

Additional uses for the resources never hurt!

Thanks for your participation in the Challenge!

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Miranda Owen December 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm

I’m glad that I found out about the challenge. I have learned a great deal and have shared the resources with my colleagues. I look forward to the challenge next year!

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Msellers5678 December 13, 2013 at 9:32 am

I have introduced padlet to several teachers to use as a class project planning tool. Students collaborated day and night. Some teachers also required students to create a flow chart timeline for stories. It is both an organization and comprehension exercise.

Personally it is a great planning tool!!

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Kris Gordon December 13, 2013 at 11:36 am

It goes without saying that we believe in a diverse use of resources for our students. Collaboration is always at the top of the list!

Thanks for participating and thanks for submitting a proposal for eRev! ;)

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sfeller2013 December 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

I think Padlet is a wonderful collaborative learning tool. It can be used for any subject. Being able to add documents, URL’s and pictures are so easy to do. I think the children will get more out of this tool, because they can work on it together, and that makes it more fun. Even if a student worked on a project them self, the internet is full of wonderful ideas for them to use.
I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed this 30 day challenge, I have learned so much and have shared so much with the teachers here at school.

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Kris Gordon December 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

Thank you and please keep spreading the word! We plan on continuing these types of resources as long as we can. We are also always looking for presenters for our eRev conference in July! The call for proposals is open at https://www.evscicats.com/erevolution/

Thanks for participating!

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John Wells December 13, 2013 at 6:43 am

I am overwhelmed by the volume of resources out there for us to use, and they are all FREE!!!

And that illustrates what I see as the strength of an app like Padlet and how it can be brought into the classroom. While I am showing my students these websites and sharing with them how they can be using them, I could create a Padlet and allow them to add to our knowledge base. First, they could share to the group websites and apps that they might be familiar with that are similar to those that I was giving out. Then, they could comment on what they found useful or not user-friendly. By adding all this shared knowledge, we could, as a group, find the best tools for our particular situation.

This 30 days has been great and this is the perfect way to end. By showing how we can collaborate (and how our students can do the same), we can help each other grow.

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Kris Gordon December 13, 2013 at 11:28 am

Please feel free to add to the Padlet. The one embedded above is a live padlet for resources.

Thanks for participating!

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Peter Barringer December 13, 2013 at 6:28 am

I knew about Padlet, and even had a link to it on my website, but I hadn’t thought of using it as a collaborative tool. When I teach the elements of a story (setting, theme, characters, etc.), my students work in groups to create a story from a particular point of view that embodies all the elements of a story. Sometimes the students have difficulty organizing their ideas, and I think Padlet would be the perfect solution. Each element of a story could have its own sticky note, much like you guys made a new note for each day of the challenge. I am going to try it out next time we have any kind of group project.

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Kris Gordon December 13, 2013 at 11:27 am

I think the collaborative tools are the best. We want our students to learn to work with others and these types of options give us the capability to put those teachings into practice regularly.

Thanks for participating!

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aknueven (@MrCoachK15) December 13, 2013 at 6:06 am

I just heard about Padlet earlier this week when my principal sent it out as a resource to check out. The other middle school in our corporation has been using it to collaborate with their professional learning communities which I will begin doing within my own department and sister department at the other middle school as we have professional development days to discuss our theme for this year – grading practices. I also can see this being used to share important documents and links within my own department for a quick and easy table of contents of highly useful resources – just like we just did these past 30 days.

Thanks!

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Kris Gordon December 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

Thanks for participating in the Challenge!

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