My dear friend and literacy mentor Kristin Ziemke renewed my love for Padlet when she showed how it could be used to share what books students were reading. We decided to kick-start a collaborative project with our Grade 4 students - creating a Padlet with our current reading books, and inviting participation from other classes around the world via Twitter.
Students and teachers from Singapore, Shanghai, and Switzerland joined in, and it was wonderful to see the comments and questions add to our initial offerings. We will cycle back in again so our students can respond and add their own comments as well.
My daughter Scarlett helped produce some tutorials about how to add to our Padlet from either a computer or an iPad, to make it easier for those new to the tool to use it.
As a PYP school, we don’t want to just pay lip service to International Mindedness, but to work hard to understand and connect with people from different backgrounds and geographical locations. This Padlet helps to share a love of reading and show our students the similarities that exist between children of different cultural backgrounds.
This type of project isn’t possible without the open-mindedness of the teachers involved. Thank you to Melissa, Julie, Stephanie, Kim and Olivia for helping spread a love of literacy and giving your students an opportunity to connect with us. When teachers share their students’ learning on platforms such as Twitter, we can all benefit. There is no more powerful motivator than an authentic audience.
If you would like to continue the journey, contact the Grade 4s at their class Twitter account: @GWASGrade4