Hello aea365ers! I’m Susan Kistler, Executive Director Emeritus of the American Evaluation Association, professional trainer and editor, and all around gregarious gal. Email me at email@example.com if you wish to get in touch.
Rad Resource – Padlet: The last time I wrote about Padlet for aea365, exactly two years ago on September 12 of 2012, it was still called Wallwisher. One name change, two years, and a number of upgrades since then, this web-based virtual bulletin board application is worth a fresh look.
Padlet is extremely easy to set up – it takes under 10 seconds and can be done with or without an account; however, I highly recommend that you sign up for a free account to manage multiple bulletin boards and manipulate contributions.
Padlet is even easier to use, just click on a bulletin board and add a note. You can add to your own boards, or to other boards for which you have a link. I’ve set up two boards to try.
Hot Tip – Brainstorming: Use Padlet to brainstorm ideas and get input from multiple sources, all anonymously. Anonymously is the keyword here – the extreme ease of use (no sign in!) is balanced by the fact that contributions only have names attached if the contributors wish to add their names.
Hot Tip – Backchannel: Increasingly, facilitators are leveraging backchannels during courses and workshops as avenues for attendees to discuss and raise questions. Because Padlet is a platform/device independent application (PIA) accessed through the browser, and does not require a login to contribute, it can make an excellent backchannel tool.
The uses are almost endless – any time you might try sticky notes, Padlet may be a virtual alternative.
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This board illustrates the linen background (there are 15+ backgrounds from which to choose) with contributions added wherever the contributor placed them (the owner may then move them). Just click to give it a try. Please.
This board illustrates the wood background with contributions organized as tiles (a new option).
The size is small when embedded on aea365, go here to see the same board in full page view.
Hot Tip – Multimedia: Padlet can accommodate pictures, links, text, files, and video (when hosted elsewhere).
Hot Tip – Export: A major improvement to Padlet’s functionality has been the addition of the capacity to export the contributions to Excel for analysis, sharing, etc.
Rad Resource – Training: I’ll be offering an estudy online workshop in October on collaborative and participatory instrument development. We’ll leverage Padlet as an avenue for stakeholder input if you’d like to see it in action. Learn more here.
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