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Padlet/Pirate Pad Backchannel

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I: Getting to Know Padlet

Padlet is a synchronous, collaborative work space that allows the sharing of ideas with others. Padlet will allow the following functions:
  • You can personalize each padlet with various backgrounds or layouts
  • You can establish visibility and protection settings (public vs. private, etc.)
  • You can personalize a URL
  • You can email, export, and embed a padlet
  • No signup is required (but wall will only last 24 hours if not signed in)
  • Signing up with an account will allow additional features

Let's look at some examples of how Padlet might be used:

II: Using Padlet

Let's generate a list (using only text) of some classroom ideas for which we might use this tool. Double click on the wall below and type your suggestion:

Now, let's practice inserting text and images. Find an image online, copy the URL, and paste the URL into your post. Then type a caption for your image.

  • Sign up for a Padlet account (not necessary to use, but it does offer more options)
  • Click on "Build a Wall"
  • Click on the "Modify This Wall" (looks like a "gear" icon toward the bottom right)
  • Give a title and description
  • Change the Wallpaper
  • Experiment with the Layout options (Freeform or Stream)
  • Adjust your Privacy Settings (this will allow others to edit the pad)

  • Now copy the URL to your padlet page and post it below; then click on a link to a partner's padlet and post a comment on his/her pad.

III: Getting to Know Pirate Pad

Pirate Pad is a synchronous, collaborative document that allows multiple users to draft and edit each others' work. Pirate Pad will allow the following functions:
  • Pirate Pad does not require an account signup
  • You can personalize a URL (making it easier to remember where your document is)
  • Each author has a different color text
  • Chat function among users
  • You can view the history of how the document was created in video format
  • You can export a finished document in a variety of formats

Let's look at an example of a Pirate Pad document.

IV: Using Pirate Pad

Your facilitator will arrange you into a group of three, and once assigned to a group, go ahead and click on your assigned group's writing pad below:

Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Group 5
Group 6
Group 7
Group 8
Group 9
Group 10

We'll have some fun in Primary Pad first to get to know its features, and then we'll get to our activity shortly afterwards.
  • Find the profile icon in the upper-right hand corner, click on it, and type your name.
  • Use the chat feature in the bottom-right hand corner to discuss a plan with a group member.
  • Start writing! Play with the various indenting, underlining, strike-through features to change, erase, or edit each other’s writing.

Now in the same group of three and in your story pad, let's begin our activity. With your group members, complete the following tasks:
  1. Clear your group's writing pad.
  2. Use the chat function to determine a general idea for a collaborative story.
  3. Write a brief story of no more than six sentences, and include some typographical errors (for someone else to correct).
  4. Verbally within the classroom, find a group with whom you will "swap" your story.
  5. Click on their link above to access their story pad.
  6. Make any revisions or editing choices you wish in their story pad (you may alter the story and/or go over the original six-sentence limit).
  7. Revisit your own story (now "altered") and click on the "time slider" icon to view the history of changes.
  8. Click on the "import/export" icon at the top, and export your story into another format.

V: Guided Reflection

  • What are some of the ways you might be able to leverage this tool within your existing curriculum?
  • Why do you think students might enjoy this tool?
  • What are some of the limitations you might encounter using Padlet or Pirate Pad? Explain.