Leveraging Padlet for Assessment

Firstly, let us look at some basic criteria for selecting an ICT tool for assessment to decide the best tool for your classroom

  • Age level
  • Instructional content
  • Engagement and activity
  • Flexibility
  • Usability

These factors will help you to sync the features of an ICT tool to your classroom dynamics and characteristics, making the assessment process smooth and efficient.

Let’s talk about one of the most common and easy to use ICT tool used for assessment

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Watch the following video to see the detailed procedure of creating a Padlet wall

Padlet fits very nicely with ideas around both collaboration and formative assessment. Especially the idea of setting a quick task to elicit evidence of understanding. Because Padlet requires no-student log in it is an unobtrusive activity in task that breaks the learning routine. They can ‘continue as guest’ so they just have to scan the qr code with the Padlet app or type in the URL, without creating an account. Shortly after, they will be directed to the Padlet board.

This is how you collect responses on a Padlet wall. It is user friendly, eye catchy and can be customized according to the needs of the classroom. It is a fun way to keep the learners centered while brainstorming sessions or even assessments.

Examples for learning activities

Brainstorming on a topic, statement, project or idea. Give a statement students have to discuss or a project about which students have to brainstorm. Share the board and let students share their ideas and comments. This way, every student can see what the others think. You can discuss a few of the given answers with the whole class.

Live question bank. Let your students ask questions during the lesson. This way students who are afraid to ask questions can still ask their questions anonymously. It gives a voice to every student in the room, even to the shy ones.

Gather student work. When you let your students do some research on, for example, ‘great historical poets’, you have all the articles and research on the same place. Other students can take a look at the research of someone else as well. When it’s international poem day, you could ask your students to post a poem they really like.

Use Padlet as a student portfolio tool. Create boards for every student and let them post assignments, articles and projects on it. As a teacher, you can comment on each one and give meaningful feedback. Whenever a student finds something helpful for his portfolio, he just has to save it on his portfolio Padlet board.

Let your students answer some important exit ticket questions like “what did you learn today?”, “What didn’t you understand?” or “What questions do you still have?”. Here are some other exit ticket prompts: a) Write down three things you learned today, b)If you had to explain today’s lesson to a friend, what would you tell him/her?, c)What question do you have about what we learned today?

Prior knowledge check. Try to figure out what students already know about the topic you’re about to teach. What prior knowledge do your students have about that particular topic and what don’t they know?

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