Using Padlet in the classroom was really enjoyable for students but productive for me as a method of formative assessment. I know that there are students that are shy and would express themselves more if they are comfortable no matter how hard we try to make them feel. I know and believe that using their devices and technology have students be more engage in learning. Padlet provides so much freedom to do whatever we post on there and share what we want and make it our own little textbook and have students take notes and even reflect on each other’s work. Students were really thrilled to be able to use such tool. They were more excited when they were given the task to create their own Padlet in their respective expert groups and have other groups respond to their group questions and statements. Students were attentive to their peers sharing and responding to their posts. Matt Miller of Ditch That Textbook showed various ways, that I am going to be experimenting with my students, that we can use Padlet in the lesson. In his 20 useful way using Padlet in the classroom . This article helps me form what I can do to keep improve learning in a way my students will enjoy being on Padlet everyday. From day to day I have found new methods through implementing technology in my lesson, especially using their own devices.
We all know the benefits of technology is endless especially in the classroom. I can not get over the fact that several applications I am now looking at and hoping to try in my classroom. One of the benefits that I am hoping to have students achieve with the continuous use of technology in the classroom is that it “prepares students for the future and assisting them with learning on their own pace states Janelle Cox of TeachHub on the Benefits of Technology in the Classroom. Since using Padlet in the classroom, students come in and look at the SmartBoard knowing that we will start with a bellringer and they get excited by seating quietly, logging on to their emails to click on the link that was send to them. They know that there’s always a interactive, fun, meaningful and lesson related bellringer awaiting them upon their entrance of the classroom. Students ask about how else we’re going to use Padlet? and I have to keep them on their feet to making responses and Padlet use engaging and meaningful. Two students even mentioned that this beats responding with pen and paper, to be honest didn’t even occur to me as a factor here. I realized then that maybe some are too lazy or even bored in writing but would rather type and respond electronically.
Overall I saw students engaging, responding and learning, which was my goal of this supplementary learning tool. Implementing this great tool help me tremendously to help students master objectives collectively. I read in an article on Edutopia by Dr. Nicholas Pino James on Gold Rules for Engaging students learning activities, “that research suggests that considering the following interrelated elements when designing and implementing learning activities may help increase student engagement behaviorally, emotionally, and cognitively, thereby positively affecting student learning and achievement.”
1. Making it meaningful “Research has shown that if students do not consider a learning activity worthy of their time and effort, they might not engage in a satisfactory way, or may even disengage entirely in response (Fredricks, Blumenfeld, & Paris, 2004)”
2. Foster a sense of competence by:
- Be only slightly beyond students’ current levels of proficiency
- Make students demonstrate understanding throughout the activity
- Show peer coping models (i.e. students who struggle but eventually succeed at the activity) and peer mastery models (i.e. students who try and succeed at the activity)
- Include feedback that helps students to make progress
3. Providing Autonomy Support by
- Welcoming students’ opinions and ideas into the flow of the activity
- Using informational, non-controlling language with students
- Giving students the time they need to understand and absorb an activity by themselves
4. Embrace Collaborative Learning “ is another powerful facilitator of engagement in learning activities. When students work effectively with others, their engagement may be amplified as a result (Wentzel, 2009), mostly due to experiencing a sense of connection to others during the activities (Deci & Ryan, 2000)”
5. Establish positive teacher-student relationships can be facilitated by:
Teacher-student relationships can be facilitated by:
- Caring about students’ social and emotional needs
- Displaying positive attitudes and enthusiasm
- Increasing one-on-one time with students
- Treating students fairly
- Avoiding deception or promise-breaking
6. Promote Mastery Orientations-” When students pursue an activity because they want to learn and understand (i.e. mastery orientations), rather than merely obtain a good grade, look smart, please their parents, or outperform peers (i.e. performance orientations), their engagement is more likely to be full and thorough (Anderman & Patrick, 2012).”
When these factors are implemented correctly through whatever method being used for student activity learning, students would master concepts, ideas and tasks of the lesson provided because I want that interaction and engagement in the classroom. My student learning activities that are based on these rules of engagement and tips on how to implement technology effectively in the classroom.
My overall perspective, I enjoyed working with my students on this project and I am glad that the overall goal was achieved to assure student learning and concept mastery. I am glad I took part of this ISP.