Padlet

Padlet has been around for a while, but it continues to stay relevant and remains one of padlet_logo_jit-150x156the tools I always come back to, especially if I am using a student-centered lesson such as student projects.

Here is what is great about this dependable and time-tested app:

  1. You can record a video or voice note right in the app. This gives the teacher the ability to leave a video prompt or have students leave video responses. While there are many apps that do this – and do it well – this is just another way you can add creativity and creation to your Padlet.

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2. There is a gallery of sample padlets that helps to get started easily.

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3. Comments just got more powerful. You can add likes, vote a response up or down, and giving student the ability to see which responses are the most compelling.

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4. The Dashboard is more visual and less cluttered.

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Online Schools is at the “peak of inflated expectations” – Larry Cuban

I read a blog post by Larry Cuban talking about the hype of online learning especially at high school level and what drives the hype. He referred  to the news coming from Stanford University where the Stanford Online High School graduated 30 seniors this year.

What struck me was the explanation of the hype cycle and the causes. Many have commented on his post and as expected there are many who are not fully convinced on the promises of such technological innovation and radical changes to the teaching and learning.

As a classroom teacher, I feel like taking the side of the teachers but as a technology enthusiast and learning sciences researchers I am somewhat convinced that technology can make a difference and teachers need to learn to live with it. That being said, I agree that teachers will and should play a vital role in the learning experiences of high school children regardless of the medium( virtual or in a physical classroom). Effective teachers should and would be able to teach with or without technology.