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Using Padlet to Brainstorm the Meaning of Vocabulary Words

In this clip, Melissa Saulnier, an elementary ESL teacher, uses Padlet to build vocabulary with her Grade 3 students. In teams of three, they discuss the meaning of words found in The Zlooks book. They have access to the functional language needed for the activity, their resource booklet and a picture dictionary. After the brainstorming activity, the teacher reads the book and verifies if they have found the meaning of each word.

Padlet is an online multiplatform tool that creates a virtual wall where teachers and students can collaborate and reflect on a variety of topics. We can also share videos, links, images and sounds. It’s even possible to record a comment directly in a post and draw something.

Do you want to know how you can use it in class? You can watch this quick tutorial explaining how to activate students’ prior knowledge with the Entry Ticket activity using Padlet. Note that it can be used for different pedagogical intentions but setting up the activity remains the same.

Using Robotics to Build Vocabulary

In this learning and evaluation situation, students learn about places in town and how to get around, which will be useful in their everyday life if they travel or meet tourists.

They also reflect on the different errands that they will have to do in their adult life.

For the final task, students get acquainted with the basics of coding by using Ozobots. They create their own city map, write an itinerary and colour code the itinerary the robot will follow.

In the clip, you will see the teacher and students in action with Ozobots and how they are engaged in creating directions that the robots must follow to complete the errands on the map.