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How to use Padlet (and why)

How to use Padlet (and why)
EdTech Published on October 4th, 2013 | by Mark Anderson About 6 years ago, a web 2.0 tool came along called ‘Wallwisher’ which everyone raved about and it really was the belle of the edtech ball. It was very popular indeed, but over time, it became more unpredictable and thus unreliable. As time rolled on so less and less teachers used it in the classroom. Move forward to 2013 and Wallwisher got a rebrand. to brainstorm ideas from a classto collate research on a topicto gauge understanding on a topicto test student knowledgeto curate website linksto share information to an audience How to use Padlet? If you have a Google account, then good news, you can use your Google account for SSO (single sign-on) so you can be logged on quickly without having to create a brand new account (again). Once loaded up you have a variety of options but you’re going to want to choose to ‘Build a wall’. Once you’ve done that you’re wall is ready straight away. Next up is your layout. About the Author

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