Padlet is an excellent tool to use in the classroom. It's basically an online sticky-note board where users (no sign-up required!) can "pin" notes with images, videos, or text, and it can act as a digital "parking lot" for student responses.
In my ELA classroom, I'd use it for BOCAs (Beginning of Class Assignments) or to get quick responses from students about a question posed to the entire class. One of our questions we discussed last year was a "life-changing" event that occurred in their lives, no matter how trivial they thought it was:
I got some pretty great responses this way. I made the Padlet link into a QR code, displayed it on the projector for students, and all they had to do was browse to the site and post their response (Padlet now has an iPad app, so you can pick your method of choice).
How things are displayed on Padlet is up to you. There are three methods of display:
Freeform allows posts to be "stickied" anywhere, Stream will force posts to stream one on top of the other, and Grid forces a left-right display.
I decided to use Padlet this year in my Intro to Media Arts/Morning Show class, which is responsible for recording morning show that is aired daily. I sent a Padlet link out to our staff called the "FNN Community Corkboard" (we are the Falcons, so our morning show is called the Falcon News Network) and asked them to post anything they'd want aired on the morning show with sufficient information. My students would also be given this link, and part of their video production grade is to incorporate at least two Padlet items into their broadcast for that week.
This has proven to be extremely helpful to the FNN students and the staff, as we no longer have to sift through emails to obtain air dates and important information. If you've used Padlet in an interesting way, please comment below.