Padlet: a motivational tool for developing research skills

Padlet in the classroom
Padlet on the PC
  • Session:  Questions and Answers: the research process
  • Access:   Padlet.com
  • Classroom equipment: Class computer and projector, Student devices (laptop/tablets or smartphones)

Last week’s CPD session by Antonella Rusconi (EAP tutor: University of Nottingham) demonstrated Padlet. Padlet is a bulletin wall where content can be placed by anyone at any time from anywhere.

This week I ran a Questions and Answers session (Q&As) with a group of EAP students on their experience of producing a research paper. It also provided an ideal opportunity to give Padlet a try.

Aim: 

The aim of the session was for my students to reflect on the stages, difficulties, skills acquired and the ways in which they thought the process could be useful when they start their postgraduate qualifications in business and management.

Classroom activities:

My students were asked to think about questions they still had about producing their business paper and post them to Padlet. The students were then given time to discuss these questions and research the questions using our ‘EAP toolbox’ and materials provided on our course Moodle. The session ended with class feedback and adding our answers and comments to Padlet.

This Q&A session came a day before our workshop on ‘editing and proofreading’. Additional questions were added to Padlet between these sessions and during the editing workshop.

Practicalities and other uses

Antonella showed us how this virtual bulletin board could be used for sharing ideas, videos and web-based text. During the CPD session, we discussed with peers how we could use Padlet as a space for posting class information, mind-mapping, or displaying supplementary resources for access outside of the classroom. Here are the notes from Antonella’s CPD session on Monday 27 August 2018 (Si Yuan building, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham) on how Padlet can be used both inside and outside of teaching sessions together details on how to deploy Padlet.

In class

  • Quick brainstorming of ideas
  • Concept-checking: students post definitions to be peer checked in real time
  • Collaborative writing: students in groups contribute to a writing task
  • jigsaw writing
  • Grammar check: students improve/reformulate sentences
  • Peer feedback on their performances in presentations and debates in real time

Out of class

  • Repository of sources/materials
  • Original start and closure to the course: students create a Padlet with comments,
  • photos, videos about their experience in Nottingham

Practicalities

  1. Create a free account
  2. Start a Padlet, choose background, name it, choose privacy settings
  3. Make it either secret (for invites only) or public (appearing in Google searches)
  4. Click on Share on top right corner
  5. Students access your Padlet through a QR code from their mobile phones
  6. Other sharing options: copy link to Padlet and send it by email; embed code (to be added to a blog, website, e-learning platform)
  7. Click on + to add Word and PDF docs, pictures, videos, links, voice messages etc.

Links:

Follow me on Padlet:
https://padlet.com/simon74000
My referral link:
https://padlet.com/referrals/simon74000
Antonella’s CPD training:
https://padlet.com/antonella_rusconi/oomortylsgyx

Padlet in the classroom
Padlet in the classroom

Jubilee Campus: Tour

Key words
Padlet, smartphones, devices, Q&A, bulletin board, EAP, academic study, post-graduate, research process, academic writing, cpd, cele, university of Nottingham, moodle, toolbox, teaching, tutoring, guide, Si Yuan, Jubilee Campus,

Scunthorpe calls on the cosmic forces of Cambodia

Café INDIEpendent, Scunthorpe 2015, a seemingly incongruous location for the Cambodian Space Project’s first gig of their UK tour.

Scunthorpe for sale ‘to let’ shopfronts Cambodian Space Project

Scunthorpe was a once thriving town build on the iron and steel industry. The grim, empty, moribund High Street had seen better days, with an abundant number of ‘for sale’ and ‘to let’ signs hung from the shopfronts.

Type 40 time and space machine with Gallifreyan warp matrix engineering.
Type 40 time and space machine incorporating Gallifreyan warp matrix engineering.

I turned to the bar and Julian is Poulson ordering drinks; am I the only person who recognizes him from the BBC documentary ‘Rocking Cambodia: Rise of a Pop Diva’ broadcast earlier in the year? I introduce myself to him as a new fan from Nottingham, he introduces me to the stunning Channthy – who had mysteriously materialized leaving me dumbstruck.

A dimensionally transcendental event is occurring, I’ve got a bottle of Steamer in hand, and I’m transfixed by the sublime voice to the stage. The originally small empty venue now huge, full and pulsating with gleeful musicophiles.

The otherworldly sound of Channthy’s vocals with abrupt changes in notes along an astronomic range fills her songs with emotional power, while Julian’s punchy controlling guitar fuses perfectly to give the band an ethereal expressive energy.

The Cambodian Space Project are a force that is reigniting the Cambodian psychedelic musical genre of the 60s and 70s and is levering open a galactic door into the unknown mystical world of the Khmer culture. Two encores later, the fusion-powered CSP time vortex had thrown us back out into our own dimensional plane, the venue contracted to its original size, the sounds subsided. Channthy and her band dematerialised into an interstellar cloud of dry gas.

I was walking alone again down the dark and deserted Scunthorpe High Street. Something had happened within me, if not a regeneration, certainly some type of rejuvenation, an expansion of my horizons, I was now on a mission to understand more.