In the end, what was created was a document with links to all these teacher created padlets. Some of them had more content than others but in the end we had a repository of everyone’s thoughts and ideas instead of one giant shared doc like in years past.
Here is what the Google Doc looked like and a few examples of these Padlet notes from different sessions.
This Padlet Wall was about "Why Teach Failure". You can see the actual Padlet here
This Padlet Wall was about "Teaching to the Human Core". You can see the actual Padlet here
I am hoping to continue to use this style of collaborative note taking at future conferences, particularly the CUE conference later this spring.
Not back to Graphic Organizers
Remember: Backgrounds are NOT there to just look pretty. They can have PURPOSE!
Like I mentioned in my first post about Padlet, teachers can think outside the box to really enhance this collaboration tool
Here is a Google Drive folder with these Graphics Organizers Backgrounds
What you find in this folder are images that you can use for the following:
Below are a some examples of what you will see in this Google Drive folder. Oh, btw, I like Venn Diagrams but hate those circles! Too hard to draw and not enough room to write in - that's why mine have Rounded Rectangles!
But how do I go about doing that?
Trust me, its not too hard at all. You will need a program that you can create and edit images. These range from Photoshop to Microsoft Paint (please do NOT use Paint! Its not 1998 anymore!) For sake of ease of use I recommend using Google Draw. It is free and is one of the tools that anyone with a Google account has access to. So, in this program you will simple draw shapes and add text boxes and pretty soon you have a customized - hand made graphic organizer!
Here is a link to another Google Drive folder with other Graphic Organizers from Ms. Durant, @durantdmhs, who has created many of her own that you can drop into Padlet
Lastly, here is a good link with “32 Interesting Ways to Use Padlet in the Classroom” from Tom Barrett, @tombarrett
Please share back here or on Twitter with different ways you have seen Padlet used.