Today, I'm linking up with I Teach 1:1 for their Tune into Technology link party (I LOVED this series last year:))
I posted sometime in the last week or two about my love for Thinglink. Feeling bitten by the creativity bug (and wanting to help out a fellow comrade), I created a new Thinglink for A Long Walk to Water. Here it is:
I think it would be a great introduction to the book. I included a link to the author's website, a YouTube video where the author is discussing the book, the Water for South Sudan website, a Google form with vocabulary questions, and a Padlet with a discussion question. This is also a great way as a teacher to have all of your topics organized in one place (links, videos, websites).
If you haven't heard about Padlet, you're really missing out! It is similar to a discussion board, but it happens online. As the teacher, you create a Padlet board (you get to pick the background, give it a title) and then add your own text, links, pictures or even videos. Students can then interact with your post.
Its pretty easy to use. All you need to sign up is an email and password.
This page shows you all of the functions of the main buttons. But, like I tell the teachers at my school, don't be afraid to touch some buttons and see what happens!
This is the main toggle button. From here, you can change your background (the background pictured is one I created in Powerpoint, took a screen shot, then imported into Padlet), determine how private you want it (you can even choose to moderate posts, so you have to approve things before they show up!), and even change the web address (for easier sharing:))
This is quite possibly my favorite part about Padlet - the sharing feature! You can share via social media, embed it into your class blog, or even scan the QR code. I love me some QR codes:) You could even go old-school and print it out if you would like!
Now, just in case you were thinking this isn't able to be used in your classroom, I promise, it can.
1. In science, do something like this: