This great tool has been around for a long time. Padlet is the second incarnation of Wallwisher. This tool is basically a sticky note wall which will allow anyone to contribute to a wall of ideas. It can be added to Google Drive or used independently. It is a great tool that can be used with students or colleagues to gather ideas and resources for tasks. Each 'pad' that you create allows those with access (which is anyone with whom you share the link) to add their ideas. Various levels of privacy are available, which means that you can determine who accesses and changes ideas on the padlet by simply going to the settings cog and looking at the privacy options. The other wonderful aspect about Padlet is that you can embed the padlet into your website or blog by using the embed code generated in the Share/Export option. It will also automatically create a QR code for you, a very handy tool if you are using it in a classroom with mobile devices. An example padlet, on which we are currently working, is shown below.
For us, Thinglink is a great way to be organised for lessons. We have successfully used this fabulous tool to gather and share links with learners about particular topics. Thinglink is a web tool which allows you to use an image as a background and then to add bookmarks to create an information hub. By adding a tag icon you can insert links, videos, images and text about a specific topic. You can choose images from Google (all Creative Commons sourced), or your own images. These images can be shared or embedded in websites or blogs. You can even add an extension to the Chrome browser that will allow you to find and tag images as you work.
The most useful aspect for teachers is that you can create student accounts which connect to your account. This a a great way to develop assessment tasks that require a little critical thinking and efficient data collection. This tool helps you to organise topic links in one space.
Below is a Thinglink created by Vanessa for a class learning about Needs and Wants. Hover over the icons and then click to follow the links.
This easy to use social bookmarking tool is a fantastic way to organise your bookmarks for the classroom and professional learning. Create webmixes to organise links for key learning areas, topics, ideas, or specific lessons. Once created, webmixes can be shared via email, a weblink, or through an embed code.
Creating 'tiles' is simple - click on the tile, add the URL, choose your colours and icons, and bingo - you have a link. The benefits of using tiles such as this is that they create a visual button which you can manipulate to look how you want. If you are working with young children, this becomes useful as you can point them to the right spot by saying things like 'The button with the chicken on it' or 'The button with the three pigs'.
Below is a Webmix created for an English unit for 7-9 year olds about traditional tales.
This tool is more useful for teachers than with classes but is still a very useful social bookmarking tool for classrooms. We tend to use this tool for bookmarking sites and tools for future use or investigation. Be warned: Pinterest can be addictive! You will find yourself browsing pins about all sorts of topics for hours.
Pinterest is another useful tool which can be embedded into websites or blogs. Pins can also be shared via email or through the site. The visual nature of the pins means that it will help you remember why you kept the link. It is also possible to add an extension to Google Chrome which will allow you to add websites to a Pinterest board in a couple of clicks. Pinterest is also available as a mobile device app.
Below is a Pinterest board of science links.