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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.