Padlet is an amazing tool for classrooms. This interactive “cork board” has opened so many opportunities in my classroom, and has drastically changed many of my activities…for the better 🙂
I use Padlet at least once a week in my classroom…sometimes for brainstorming, presenting quick research information, responding to historical films, etc.
Tomorrow, my dual credit class is going to be analyzing primary and secondary sources relating to the Mexican American War… a conflict upon which not much instructional time is devoted, at least in my classroom!
My students will work in small groups, analyzing the following sources:
-President Polk’s message to Congress about Mexican/American relations
-Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
-PBS resource on Manifest Destiny
Based on these readings and class discussions about the Mexican-American War, students will determine whether or not the United States was justified in declaring war against Mexico and will compare that conflict to other diplomatic decisions.
To help them formulate an opinion and analyze the sources they read, students will post ideas about the conflict to a Padlet wall.
I customized the URL of the Padlet wall, making it easier for my students to remember the address when I share it with them!
After they have commented on and viewed the Padlet wall, hopefully they will have a better understanding of the information, and can create an informed opinion!
I’ve recently discovered Google Slides for image creation purposes…I know I’m way behind on this trend! Simply add your favorite background image to the slide, insert an image, draw some lines, and add your text.
Using Google Slides to create images and planners has really gotten my creative juices flowing!!
How do you use Padlet in your classroom?
Thanks for reading 🙂
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