Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Using Padlet for PQAs

I struggle with PQA's, mainly because I feel like I am asking only a few students at a time, while the rest of the class listens. Granted it may be a compelling PQA, but at the same time, I always feel like only a few students are actually involved. Here is a way in which I have introduced PQAs while using technology: Padlet.

Essentially, Padlet is a similar to online discussion boards. One can still write comments and responses, but instead they appear like Post-its (NOTE - Padlet can be used other ways such as back chats, collaborative discussions, etc). A padlet can be embedded into a webpage, blog, classroom learning management system, or projected. 

NOTE - Although Padlet says that it is a free site, it only allows you to create three Padlets for free before you have to pay. Options are to re-edit the same Padlets over and over again or to create multiple accounts with different email addresses.

  1. Create a class PQA question using Padlet. Use the "Wall" setting.
  2. Set it to "moderated status," meaning that you as the teacher will approve responses before they are posted.
  3. Copy the URL link or QR code for students to use.
  4. Project the Padlet onto a screen.
  5. Students will use the URL or QR code on their devices, which will take them to the Padlet question. If students are using the QR code, I have found that using their camera to scan the code works best, instead of a QR code reader.
  6. Students will answer the Padlet PQA question on their devices. They can respond anonymously or by their names if they are logged into Google already.
  7. You as the teacher will moderate responses before posting them for all to see.
  8. Discuss PQA responses as a class. You can begin by saying "Who responded X?" and go from there. 
  1. Because all responses can now be seen on a screen by those involved, students are more inclined to be engaged in the activity, since they see other students' responses.
  2. Having all responses on a screen gives me as a teacher a better "map" of where to go with this particular PQA, since I can see all of the answers at once.
  3. It is fun to hear students say "Who responded X?"
  4. I demonstrated this at IFLT as part of a presentation, where the question was "What popular movie from the past have you not seen?" Lots of fun answers to use for PQAs! Responses included any of the Star Wars movies, Frozen, Breakfast Club, Titanic, and Back to the Future. 

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