Friday, May 27, 2016

Episode 189 – edcampEIU, Padlet, and Virtual Reality


It’s Friday, May 27th, 2016 and welcome to TechTalk4Teachers I’m Tom Grissom, and I’m Cindy Rich. Welcome to TechTalk4Teachers the show about teaching and learning with technology. This time we talk about our upcoming edcampEIU that will be happening on June 21st. We also have a special guest, Lisa Dallas, talking about the Padlet app for classroom and online uses of this tool. We wrap things up with our Technology Picks of the Week this time featuring Virtual Reality.

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Coming June 21, 2016 on the campus of Eastern Illinois University

edcampEIU website:

edcampEIU Twitter account @EdcampEIU

edcampEIU hashtag #edcampEIU


edcampWestFrankfort coming July 11, 2016

edcampWestFrankfort website:

edcampWestFrankfort Twitter account @edcampWF

edcampWestFrankfort hashtag #edcampWF

Special Guest, Lisa Dallas discusses Padlet

Top Uses for Padlet:  (

1.      Book Reviews/Interactive Story Telling: highlight favorite quotes, ask questions, discuss characters – AND/OR a story and ask students where it should go next. Students can type their ideas into the Padlet. Take student ideas and continue story
2.       Topic Summary:  Useful for any subject from math to earth science, Padlet can help teachers summarize a large amount of information and present it in a visually pleasing way. Educators can put in text, photos, graphs and other learning tools and share the image with students before a big test or discussion.  -
3.       "Thank You" Wall:  Have you had a speaker come in recently to share his/her knowledge on a particular subject. sending a group "thank you" note. Each student can post an individual message
4.       Questions Board:  Students can access a "questions" board 24/7 and anonymously post questions.   
5.       Opinion/Forum:  Educators can post a particular topic or issue, and students can post their opinions on the subject. This is a great building block for teaching students how to write opinion pieces or persuasive essays.  -
6.       Bell ringer activity — Ask students what they remember from the previous day’s lesson. The ensuing page should summarize what still needs to be taught and should serve as a good place for students to review content.
7.       Collaborative notetaking/ Notes to peer presentations / staff meetings — While listening to a presentation/meeting, students/colleagues can work together to add notes to a Padlet to produce a resource they can refer to later.
8.       Event planning — If you’re planning a class party or a field trip, all of the information can go on a Padlet, including photos of the destination, a list of who’s bringing what, links to pertinent websites and more.
9.       Living webquest — Webquests have been static webpages that included links to sites and questions. They often didn’t change. Students can create a living webquest where new links are added continually. You can create questions at the end of the activity to the links available at that time.
10.   Exit ticket/ Student Reflections on Learning/ Check In to Check Out — What did you learn today? What didn’t make sense? What questions do you still have? Students can answer those questions and refer to it later.
11.   Class Communication/Document hub — Upload important class files to a Padlet so students can go there to download them any time.
12.   Let Students Showcase Their Work – digital portfolios, creating slideshows, or producing videos to display all of your students’ best work on one page  
13.   Thinking Maps/Flow Maps
14.   K - W – L Chart on a topic: What student Knows/   What they Want to Know   /  What they Learned  Students post notes under each section
15.   Digital Posters - Assign students a topic and have them create quick digital posters as summaries for review OR as a presentation. Then, share the links with the whole class for a pain-free, classroom-wide study guide!
16.   Build a matching exercise - have students rearrange the photos and text to solve.
17.   Group research: students search online for other examples of the topic they are researching
18.   Video & Topic link-show video posted on Padlet and allow student to comment and expand the topic
19.   Parent Forum – Classroom link
20.   Walking Field Trip - through the building/museum with their devices. Students were to use their device to take pictures of various elements of art that they had been learning about - texture, space, line, etc.


Technology Picks of the Week

Tom’s Pick of the Week
Samsung Gear VR Googles

Cindy’s Pick of the Week
Google Cardboard

Lisa’s Pick of the Week

That wraps it up for Episode 189 of TechTalk4Teachers. Show notes this episode and archived episodes are available on the web at the EIU ITC website at To leave a comment of suggestion please send an email to of leave a comment on our TechTalk4Teachers blog. Until next time, I’m Tom Grissom, I’m Cindy Rich, and I’m Lisa Dallas. Keep on Learning!

Keep on Learning,
Tom Grissom, Ph.D.