I recently ran a CPD session for our maths department and was short of ideas; however I knew I wanted to avoid simply going through times table or division drill apps.
A quick text chat with fellow ADE and good friend, Marc Faulder, pointed me in the right direction and I decided to demonstrate how you can use Padlet, and a variety of free maths apps to challenge thinking and use technology to provide stimulating, engaging and fun learning opportunities!
Let's take a look.
Set up your Padlet and pose a question
Pose your question at the top of your padlet and then invite children to join the padlet on their iPads via the self-generated QR code. They can scan straight from the IAW/screen or from a pre-printed copy or even via a link shared on your school learning network.
The question posed on the Padlet read:
“Using the Think 3D App OR Unifix Blocks, create your own cuboid with a volume of 18 cubes. Take photos or screen shots then open the Skitch App and draw the dimensions. How many different objects can we make with a volume of 18? Which is the longest/tallest/widest/highest?”
Students can answer the question by either using unifix cubes or the Think 3D App and then annotate over the image using Skitch:
They really are fantastic tools for the classroom and incredibly user friendly.
The example below uses the Geoboard App and the question posed on the Padlet was:
“How many different rectangles can you make with an area of 12cm²?”
Adding Work To Padlet
Once the students have drawn their rectangles, they can save to camera roll by taking a screen shot and the upload to Padlet using the upload button:
Another setting worth noting on Padlet is the ability to change the layout into a grid. This means that when students contribute their work, it automatically goes into a clear and easy to follow grid formation:
Once the work is on the board, students can be invited to present their work and question their peers understanding. Students work can be enlarger, simply by clicking on it.
Padlet really is a great classroom tool and its use should not be limited to maths. It can be used across the curriculum in a variety of different ways and I encourage you to give it a go!
It makes adding content via the iPad even easier and is completely free!
Afterword by Steve Bambury
I don't normally jump in on other contributors' articles but this one really resonated with me as I have been a huge advocate of Padlet in the Maths classroom for a couple of years now. What John has shared here is a brilliant example of how Padlet can form the conduit for students to share work made on other platforms and apps.
Here are a couple of my own examples -
This is a screenshot from one of my Padlets from my old Yr6 maths set. They created tutorial videos using Adobe Voice then shared them to me via the wall for assessment purposes. I then printed the QR code link to the wall off for their Maths books to evidence the learning.
This was one of my first uses of Padlet. It was from early 2013 I think and was also from a Year 6 maths set. The difference here was that I used it as a platform for them to show how they tackled a problem relating to seating on a plane. I shared the wall to them via QR and the document in the top left is a scan of the actual problem for them to refer to. The great thing about Padlet is that it will allow any file type to be tagged so they submitted everything from Word docs to videos.
This last example comes from last year when I did a littl;e guest stint back in Year 6 in the lead up to SATs. After a practice paper, teachers will often follow up with a lesson that goes through the test and covers mistakes. This can be mighty dull for the kids and I have played around with various methods to make this type of session more engaging (gamifying it for example.) What you see here is a Padlet wall that they used to tag screencasts of them explaining the way to solve various questions from the test, made using Explain Everything.