I’ve talked previously about many awesome collaborative tools to use in your classroom, such as Padlet. In a classroom environment that is rich in educational technology, online collaboration is awesome and extremely easy to use!
As we near the end of the school year, I have found myself, like many of you, searching desperately for new ways to review course content for the state test. We can only use jeopardy review templates so many times before we, and our students, begin to fall asleep!
As I was reviewing with my students earlier this week, I found myself answering the same questions about the same content over and over again. I was beginning to lose my mind 😉 So, I tried to think of different ways that I could provide my students with the information they needed to review, while engaging them in the content at the same time. Enter Padlet!
I created a Padlet wall for my students, and instructed them to post content information that they felt we needed to discuss most. I did this for all 6 of my classes…at the end of the day, I had a full Padlet wall! As I suspected, many of the posts surrounded similar concepts. So, instead of repeating myself dozens of times, I decided to use this as an opportunity to practice my flipped video creation skills!
I opened my Padlet wall (which, by the way, I protected with a password…cool Padlet feature!), began my screencast of the wall, and flipped back and forth between the wall and a quick Google presentation I had created for the occasion. I was a little long-winded…I went past the YouTube time allotment, so I uploaded my video to Google Drive, and Vimeo, shared the video with them through Drive, and embedded the video on my course Google site. They can literally access the video ANYWHERE!
What was the result of this experiment, you may ask? A RESOUNDING SUCCESS! My students loved that I discussed the concepts they were confused about, they loved that they could pause me and rewind me…as I tend to get a little excited when I talk about Government topics 🙂 They can listen to the videos over and over and hopefully, this will help jog their memory on their state test.
This is just one way online collaboration tools can be used in the classroom. How will you use tools like this?
Thanks for reading 🙂