Monica Espinoza: OK. So welcome, everybody, to Engaging Online Learners With Padlet. My name is Monica Espinoza, and I represent Torrance Adult School over in Torrance, California in the South Bay.
So I am a certified Google Educator Level 1. I recommend that you look into it. It has really taught me lots of skills with Google, and it has motivated me to use Google products in my instruction. So today it's not a Google product, but it is very engaging and very interesting as well. So my email address is down below if you wish to contact me for any questions.
All right. So for today, the goal for us is I would like for participants to learn practical ways, to use Padlet to encourage engagement in distance learning setting. Maybe some of you have already used Padlet in the classroom. I have used Padlet in my classroom and my face to face, and it worked well. And it seems to be working well so far with my distance learners, who are at an advanced level and who are at high beginning to intermediate level.
All right. So today, the first thing we're going to do is you are going to play the role of the student. And secondly then, you are going to be the teacher. And I'm going to speak about why you should consider using Padlet. And if time allows, we are going to create and share.
I hope that you have already had a moment to create a Padlet account. If you haven't please don't do it now. It will not be necessary right now. So if you have not, please do not do it right now. Just focus.
All right. Moving on. So your first example as a student. OK. So Padlets are shared, are shared with our students, and they could be shared in a variety of ways. So the first one that I'm going to share with you is I'm going to give you a link. OK.
You can either send them a direct link, or you can create a hyperlink. For example, a hyperlink is when you have text or an image, and you can right click and add a hyperlink to it. So if a student clicks on this text or that image, it will take them directly to your Padlet. You can share this with students on any kind of platform or through email. I choose to put it to hyperlink texts on my website.
Do they need an account to create post? No, they do not. Should I include my name if I am the student? I do ask my students to type in their name just so I can keep track of who is participating.
If students are signed in, if they do create accounts, their names will appear. You have the option of toggling that. You can either require that your Padlet require your name or not.
And how do you post? So you're going to look around the page for these plus symbols, these dots. Sometimes when you hover over these plus signs, it might turn into a pencil, a pencil, so you're going to look for those.
And can I make changes to my post? Yes, you can, but you have to be signed in, OK, or the teacher or the owner of the Padlet can make those changes.
All right. So the first example that I would like for us to participate in is a map. So Melinda is going to post a link to our first Padlet, and it is a Padlet of a map. If you could please read the instructions at the top, and your first Padlet will look like this. OK?
And for this, I have written the instructions at the top. And I would like for you to create a post telling me where your favorite food comes from, and I would like for you to tell us what that food is. So for example, in this plus sign, I typed I looked for Japan. I looked for Japan because my favorite food is sushi.
There you go. All right. So Thai mango. Mango. Just-- OK. Got it. Oh, mango and sticky rice. Japan, that's me. France. Italy, baguettes, yes. Germany. OK. Italy, artichokes. Mexico.
OK. If you see on my map, it has kind of condensed, all the responses from Mexico. So I have five responses here. OK. There you go. OK White plains. Brazil. OK. They are typing. OK.
If you're having trouble finding where to post, look around your page for a plus sign. A plus sign or a pencil should be in the dot. And once, that opens up you can type the name of the country or the name of the city. Wow, this is looking beautiful. Yay! OK. Awesome. I love it. Kebab. Delicious. OK.
So I have used a map in my distance learning class. So normally when we're face to face, we can talk to the students and we can ask them where they are from. And everybody can get to know each other. And it's a very diverse and rich environment.
The distance learning doesn't allow us to do that as it would in a face-to-face class. So one thing that I have done, what I did at the beginning of my distance learning class was I gave them a Padlet like this, and I asked them to tell us where they are from and to write a brief description of themselves-- I'm sorry, of what they enjoy.
And so now everybody can view that we have students from Korea. We have students from Morocco, from Indonesia. So that was very nice for them to see where different people come from.
All right. So I hope that you liked this map. And again, you could use it for multiple purposes. Just make sure you give the instructions in the description.
Monica Espinoza: Yes?
Anthony: Monica, sorry. This is Anthony. So what we're looking at the Padlet right now and the Zoom screen, could you show us by adding another entry? Some people were having some trouble. Maybe you can just give us an example.
Monica Espinoza: Yes. So once again, on the top right, I ask you to look around for it because depending on your Padlet, it might be in a different area. So I am on the top right of my page. And I will-- once this window opens up, I will search for something-- I'm sorry, for the name of a country or a city. Right?
So I am going to type-- what can I type now? Let's see. Spain. OK. Spain. So I will-- once all of the options for Spain pop up, I can select one. And tell me if I need to repeat this process.
So I will select Spain, and then the post window will open up. And I can say I love-- what do I love-- I love paella.
Monica Espinoza: Paella. OK? Yes, that's one of the many things that I love. So then if I wanted to, I could post-- add some-- upload a picture, a picture, audio file, video. So I'm not going to do that. I'm not going to get complicated. But I will show you how to add a picture.
If I go to Google Images, I can search for, let's say, a, oh, sorry. There you go. So click it, and that's it. And to finalize my post, I can just click anywhere outside of that box, and that's it.
All right. So if there are no other questions regarding how to post on this Padlet, I will move on. Is it safe to continue? OK.
So let's go with student example number 2. Number 2. OK. So this one, I am going to share it with you in a different way. I'd like to show you-- in our examples, I want to show you-- I want to share with you all different ways so that you could see how easy or difficult it might be for your students to access and what would work for you.
So this one I am going to share a bit.ly, and a bit.ly is a shortened URL. And I made this shortened URL with the program with bit.ly. It's a free account, and you could go on there. And sorry, I'm trying to show you right here.
And what you would do is you would copy the long-- sorry. I would paste the long URL, and then I can customize my URL that I want to share. Sorry. OK.
So I posted-- I share this bit.ly with students on my web page. OK. But if you want to send be via text, or however you would like to share this link. It is just a link.
All right. So the bit.ly for this is bit.ly/teacherstudents. One thing to remember about a bit.ly URL is that students have to type in exactly as it is, exactly, exactly as it is. And they must type it into the address bar.
This is a link to my page. bit.ly it doesn't exist. It's not a web page. So sometimes it's a little difficult for students because they type B I T space. So you just have to practice with that.
So, Anthony, if you would like to go ahead and send the link for the second example that they will be participating in.
Anthony: So Monica--
Monica Espinoza: Yes--
Anthony: We posted the link in the chat. And I think we just want to clarify for people. Because I think some people are having a little bit of confusion. So when you click on this link, it's going to take you outside of Zoom.
So you're going to have-- if you have a browser open like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, whatever you have opened, that's where you're going to find Monica's Padlet. And then you can work on Monica's Padlet in your browser.
You shouldn't be clicking the plus sign in your Zoom window. Nothing is going to happen if you do that. You have to go work off in whatever browser has opened for you with Monica's Padlet. I'm done, Monica.
Monica Espinoza: OK. Got it. So if it has been shared-- let me just take a look at it. OK. Got it. So lots of people have already posted. And I see names.
So I imagine that the people whose names I see that they are currently signed into their Padlet account, which is great. Thank you. But if you are signed in and you want to remain anonymous, there is an option for that as well. OK? Got it.
So this is an example of a different activity that you could do. Asking questions, for example. I wanted to make this really short. But somehow how I haven't used it, is I create four columns, and each column maybe has a different question, for example.
One requires a response in the present tense. One requires a response in the past tense, in the future tense, or if you're asking them to use vocabulary. So again, many different questions or situations that you could post for them to elicit whatever response you would like, whether it's grammar, or once again or media.
If you want videos or audio, OK. What's your favorite color? Green, blue, burgundy. Oh, OK. Beach or mountain? Both. Beach, mountain, both. Chocolate, chocolate, dark chocolate. Yes. No vanilla. No vanilla. OK. Sadly, no vanilla. Yeah, chocolate is the best, I believe.
OK. Do you have a pet? Yes, two cats. Are your cats with you right now? All right. Wonderful. OK. So there you go. That is another example of a Padlet format that you could use.
So far, I have shown you a map and I have shown you what they call a shelf. When you are creating your Padlet, you have the option of selecting whatever format they have, and I will show you that later on. OK.
Anthony, are we OK on questions?
Anthony: Um, I think so. Just maybe one thing. So just to point out again what Monica has been saying that when you come into different Padlets, the plus sign is going to change, right? In this case, in the second Padlet, the plus sign was actually down at the bottom. And it was a different-- I saw a different color. It was like a white color.
You just have to remember that you're always looking for the plus sign, but it's not always going to be in the same place or the same color. So just so you know. That's why you have to search around a little bit.
Monica Espinoza: Exactly. And Anthony, so I have worked with my students on using Padlet. So it's taken a little bit of getting that message across. But one thing that I do when I post the assignment, Anthony, is for example, the first Padlet, it was pink, and it was at the top.
And then in the second Padlet, it was right below the column. So what I do is I take a screenshot. I'm sorry, not a screenshot. I do a little snippet of what it's going to look like.
So in the first example I showed you, these two pictures of what it might look like. So maybe as your students are getting used to using this platform, you can have little pictures of what it's going to look like for them in that specific Padlet.
Anthony: And Monica, sorry. Can you repeat-- some people are still asking about the anonymous again, how they can change to be anonymous or do it.
Monica Espinoza: OK. So the easiest way is just to sign out. OK. If you are signed in, just sign out. And let me-- I'm going to stop sharing my screen so I can get to that, so I can show you on my screen. So just give me one second. I will pause.
I'm on my teacher account. So I don't think I can do that.
Melinda: I think you answered it, though. If you're signed in, then your name appears. And if you're not signed into Padlet, then you are anonymous. Do students need to be signed in in order to use the Padlet? No?
Monica Espinoza: No, they don't. Exactly. It's right. And what was I going to say to that, Melinda? So again, if you do want to know-- if you want to track responses, then you can ask them to write their name in the post.
And that's what I'm doing right now. I'm not asking students to create an account because we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. Right now, it's a lot of technology coming their way and my way. So right now, I'm not requiring them to create an account.
Just to write their name, for example, in the map. I ask them to introduce themselves. So obviously, that required them writing their name. All right.
So I'm sorry that I couldn't show you how to do that, the anonymous on my account. It just looks a little different. OK.
So the third example is actually, you will not be participating in that. It will just be for your viewing pleasure. And this is an actual-- the other two that I showed you are just examples that I created just for our purpose, but this is an actual example that I'm using this week with students for our online class.
And the way I shared this link is I embedded this Padlet onto my website, and let me show you. Don't share it yet please, Anthony. I'd like to show them the embedded view.
What embedded means is that it is, instead of a link, instead of a hyperlink like these, it is actually part of your website. So if a student clicks on-- the student can actually just create a post directly from your website. There wouldn't be a need for students to visit-- go to another tab and work on it.
So on my website, I can do it directly from here. OK. Anthony, you can go ahead and share that link please. And again, this is just for your viewing pleasure. All right. Please don't make any edits to this.
And what this is is I asked them to review a TED Talk. In the description, I asked them a series of questions, and I want them to reply. As you can see, students were asked to include their name and answer a series of questions as well as provide links.
So when a student wants to create a new post, they would add a link. OK. They can edit. Yes?
Anthony: I'm sorry. We see your slide number 1.
Monica Espinoza: Oh, my god. Sorry. I forgot to resume share.
Anthony: Thank you, Monica.
Monica Espinoza: Thank you. Got carried away. Sorry about that. Oh, my goodness. I've been talking this whole time. I'm so sorry. OK. So let me go back.
All right. Embedding it into your website. I'm so sorry. OK. So here you go. Here is my website, and there you go.
So the Padlet, the actual Padlet, is part of my website. So instead of the student having to go to a different tab or a different window, they can add their post directly from my website. So once again, here I embedded the Padlet into my website.
If you're into that fancy technology and you have your own website, I'm not sure how to embed it if it would be possible to embed in a different learning management system. I've never worked on that, but you could definitely explore that possibility.
All right. So for something like this, it's much more accessible, again because a student is just on my website. They do not have to go to a different page. So I'm so sorry. Let me go back. Oh, Amy Cuddy. I'm going to delete your post. OK.
All right. So once again, students here were asked to review a TED Talk. And as you can see, some students have already posted. And I recommend that when it is something a little more involved, that you provide them with an example. OK.
Just because it's lengthier. Very different than providing a one-word response like chocolate or vanilla. So I made the first post, and I answered the questions as I would like an answer from their own.
And so now there is a wealth of TED Talks that they can choose from. Now obviously there are a million TED Talks on the website, but these are 6 to 12 minute TED Talks.
And next week, actually our homework, I'm going to ask them to watch a TED talk that their peers suggested, and then they will next week-- they don't know this yet-- they will add a comment to their-- they will watch somebody else's TED Talk, and they will add a comment. So that's another way of extending it.
We keep this Padlet open, and students could come on here. And it could be a library, a mini library of TED Talks. All right. Are we OK?
Monica Espinoza: Yes?
Anthony: So let me-- I'm not sure if you could answer these questions right away, but I just want to give you a couple of questions that have come into the Q&A.
So one question has to do with the posts. So I think it's a question about how maybe-- I'm sorry, how you can add the media to your post, either if you want to put a photo into your post or perhaps a YouTube video into your post, how you can do that.
And then the other question has to do with embedding, like you were telling us about. You could embed the Padlet on the website.
Monica Espinoza: Yes, I will show you that after we get through with the examples.
Anthony: OK. Thank you.
Monica Espinoza: Yes. So let me go ahead and show you the post again. So for any Padlet that you create, once you begin to create your post, you will see these options right here. And I can upload, and I can pick a file that see from-- it tells me that I can pick a file from my computer and drag it, or it will open up a window for me to select my file.
I can include a link, right? I can include a link. So just for fun, something I can think of right now, msn.com. There you go. Again, you can edit it. Whoa. Sorry.
Just start again. OK. So that was a link. That was a link, and I can add images, or videos, or some other kind of media to my post. So what they were asked to do here was to create a link.
Now if you are on the TED Talk website, there's always a share arrow, and students are able to get the link that way. Let me know if I should elaborate more. And here you go. Oh, I can't-- if you wanted-- a student wanted to add a picture what is this for. Here you go.
So this is just the full menu. It is a full menu of all the things that a student can include in their post All right? I recommend that you start off slow, that you start off slow. This is the first time that I ask them to add something to their post besides their own words, because that might be a next step or just a inability that they might have to develop with time.
Just if you are asking me, OK. So I hope that answers that question. I will get into how to embed a little bit.
All right. So why should you consider using Padlet? All right. So we participated in two Padlets, and it took you a very short time. Correct? Now that was very simple, basic Padlet. But I engaged you during my presentation. I made sure that you were present.
Now that we are doing online learning, that's another way that you can-- if you included within your live session, you could ask them to complete something then and there and verify attendance in that way. So Padlet offers a variety of walls to engage your students in a different way.
And what I mean by walls is a different format-- if it's a map, if it's a column, if it's just a row. There's also timelines. And I will show you that. I will show you the different formats.
They are pretty easy to create. They offer templates. And the gallery of Padlets that other people have created are wide, and you can choose any of them to copy. So I have found those useful as well when I cannot create a Padlet then and there. I visited the gallery and just copy some other Padlets.
Again, Padlet can be incorporated in a part of your lesson. If it's a pretty assessment, or if it's during, or afterwards, you could find a way to incorporate at any part of your lesson. It's really easy to share with students. As you saw today, we shared links with you.
So if you're communicating with your students through email, or text, or you have a learning management system, you could post these links or even barcodes, which I'll show you in a bit. It could be, again, something quick that students could complete during a live session or for homework.
I have done it both ways. Last night, students were-- they worked on a map during a live session. And for example, the TED Talk. That's something that they're doing this week for homework. OK.
So now, let me show you. All right. So some basic information about Padlet is Padlet only lets you create three Padlets. So let me show you something. Let me show you a dashboard.
So as you can see, I have one, two, three, four, five. I five right now in rotation. I have a premium account, which is $10 a month. But you, if you have a free account, you will only see three spaces, and so that means that you can only create three. OK?
There's a way to get around it. OK? There's a way to get around it. And the way to get around that is to archive. If you archive your Padlets, so that means that you put them away, right, you put them away, they're out of rotation. That means that students cannot create posts.
So they will see a message like this. This Padlet is archived. But you can swap them. So for example, if I wanted to archive that and then if I create another one that, puts me-- I'm sorry, that maxes me out at three. But then I want to use it again, then I can just swap them. I can just swap them and keep them in rotation. That way, that's one way to get around the three Padlet minimum.
So if a student accesses one of your Padlets that is archived, they will see this message. All right. And they cannot make modifications to it. You can. You can, but they will not be able to add posts. All right.
So it's $10 for premium. I figured if I'm going to be using it a lot this term, might as well pay 10 bucks this month for it. So I'm enjoying it so far. OK.
It is 1:42, and I think we have some time to create your own. I suggest that when you create your own Padlet, like with any technology, any tool, instructional tool, determine your purpose. What are you using this Padlet for?
Is it to get to know your students? Is it to check what they know? Is it to gather-- sorry, to survey information? What is your purpose? What do you want to accomplish?
And then once you determine the purpose, then you are ready to start creating. You select a type, which I will show you in a little bit once I get done with this list. And then you make your modifications. You can modify the title and the description.
In the description, this is the area where you will write your instructions. OK? If you think you need to, make the first post, and have it serve as an example for your students. Then you can change any settings for this Padlet that are available to you, and then you are ready to share.
So let me go through this process with you. So if you are signed in and you are at your dashboard, you will make a Padlet. This is a gallery that I'm referring to that has an infinite amount of Padlets that other wonderful people have created. And you can just-- if you click on it, you can make a copy.
So this is what somebody else has already added to this. But there is an area where you could remake it or make a copy, and then it's yours. Just like quizzes or cahoots, if you have ever use, that also allows you to make copies of somebody else's work. So that's the same thing with Padlet.
So if I make a Padlet, it offers me these formats, these Padlets-- sorry, these types. There you go. That's the word I was looking for. So I have eight different types, and I can select whichever type. So I like the map. Let's do another map.
All right. Now, Padlet always comes up with these very fun names and fun descriptions. So you can go ahead, and this is where you would make modifications. And my title will be Creative Title. And let's see.
The instructions can be-- I'm sorry-- tell us where you traveled to last year. I don't know. Something of that sort. You can select an icon. And an icon, that's just if you want to go the extra step. This is what an icon does.
There you go. So you see on the top left, it has now created an icon, if it helps you to identify it on your dashboard. It's not anything necessary. It doesn't do anything for your Padlet.
OK. So this is where your unique link will be. So again, I could copy it directly onto my clipboard. And if I wanted to, I can do that, right, or I can hyperlink. That is how I would hyperlink text, or pictures. I can do pictures as well.
OK. I can change the style of the map. So this is the one I chose before. So I like that one. I think it's clearer.
Attribution. This is where you will-- if you don't care who submits this, if you don't like to see anonymous, then you can just turn this off. But if you want it to display the person's name, you can go ahead and toggle this option. Again, if they're not signed in, then it would just say anonymous.
Comments. If you want to make students-- I'm sorry, make this option available for students to make comments. I always do because I always ask them to make comments to at least two other people.
And then the funny part here is you can filter profanity, but I hope that's not an issue with your students. And if you would like for you to-- I'm sorry, to approve every single post, then you can toggle that option as well.
Reactions. If you would like to have the option of having students like a post or log or rate it or grade it, you can do that. OK.
So I have now created my Padlet. So now let's share it. I'm going to share it. I am going to share it, and I have many different ways. I can get the QR code. Copy to clipboard. I can embed. Email. Et cetera. Et cetera.
All right, so let's talk about embed. So when you embed something, if you are on your website, let me just-- OK. I'll just do it here. I'll make modifications on my website.
Depending on what you are using-- I am using Google Sites. We believe also has this-- sorry, you have this capability of multiple platforms. You will look for an option that says embed, and then you can just copy and paste that. If I want to embed, I will paste the code. I will copy and paste the code that I require. So for me, it is this at the top, and I will embed the code.
So this is what the students will see on my page. Here you go. There you go. And on Google Sites, I have-- I can-- and I'm sure on any other platform that you use to make here to make your website, you can have the option of adding text next to it or maybe adding a caption. So now, when students view your website, again, they can just directly post. They can directly add a post to your Padlet.
OK. I think I'm done. Are there any other questions that I can respond to or show you?
Anthony: Monica, sorry. So just a few questions about the embedding, but I think maybe just to clarify for some folks. So long as you have that embed code that Monica was showing us, you basically can use this in many different LMSs or on a Google site or anything. So that's kind of a universal thing.
Monica Espinoza: Yeah.
Anthony: You just-- you want to grab the Padlet embed code and then find the place in the LMS or on the LMS page or your Google Site page where you paste the code, and then just go ahead and paste it.
Monica Espinoza: Got it. And if you need-- just try it out. If you're not really familiar with this embedding business, just give it a try. You can always undo something. I like Google Sites because it gives you the ability to embed something through using the URL as well.
Sometimes when you were trying to embed something, you must use the code, but sometimes you don't have the code. So that's an extra step that you would go through to generate the code for your-- in order to embed. But maybe that's something that you don't need right now.
But again, I recommend that you play around with it. You can always undo it. For example, right now, I will undo this. And that's it. If you mess up, you can always undo or redo. I recommend to just give it a shot. OK. Anything else, Anthony?
Anthony: Monica, could you take a few minutes again, maybe back in your dashboard? I think people are still a little bit confused about. When they're signed into their accounts and they're at their dashboard, where can they find some of these things that you're showing us?
Like for example, like where was the place where you showed us all the different templates that we could use, that we could choose from? And then once we're in a Padlet, can you show us again where some of those commands were in terms of like where the embed code is and all that kind of stuff?
Monica Espinoza: Yeah. So once again, I'm on my dashboard. OK. And please, again, Padlet always makes these fun suggestions. So remember to eat your veggies. And so I'm here on my dashboard, and what I'm seeing right now are some of the Padlets that I have created.
I have options on the top, and I have options on the left. So I'm going to make a Padlet. Once I select that make a Padlet, it will offer me the eight different types, eight different formats of Padlets that they offer. OK.
So right now, you are you can only create these eight different kinds of Padlets, but you can do whatever you want with them. So let's go to--
Monica Espinoza: Yeah?
Anthony: Sorry. So again, just so it's clear for people. So something for asking how do I make the map that we did? Can you go back to the choices again?
Monica Espinoza: Yeah. I just want to show them again the--
Monica Espinoza: OK. Make a Padlet.
Anthony: So the map choice was your first Padlet, right? And then you also mentioned the shelf Padlet, which is the one in the lower left corner, which was the second one. And then what was the third one? Was that the stream one, the TED Talk?
Monica Espinoza: Yeah. I did a-- yeah, you're right. I did stream.
Anthony: OK. OK. So just so people understand, you have a lot of different choices here. And Monica showed us three different choices-- map shelf and stream.
Monica Espinoza: Yeah, Anthony. And I think one thing that they should know too is that if you choose a map, what matters is again your purpose-- what do you want to know, what do you practice, is it grammar, is it learning about them. Because I can use a map variety of different ways.
I asked you to tell me about your favorite food. But if I want you-- if I'm talking-- if I'm ask-- if I want to know about, I don't know, current events, I can ask them to label, create a post regarding a current event that they read about, where is it happening. So just because you're limited to these formats, you can create whatever you want.
You just-- it just depends on the questions that you ask them. So let's go back to the map. So I will select the map. I will select, and then it generates it for you. And when you are here, then you are-- here is-- when you open this, it automatically has this menu open for you, which is modify.
If you accidentally close it, you can just reopen it right here. Is it here? Yes. OK. In the view real or settings, it will open back up. And here is where you can tweak your title, your description, the sharing component of it, embedding the link. That's in a different area. So this is only to modify what you want students to see. OK. What did I do?
OK. So now, the way I share my Padlet is up on the top right, you have the little right of the arrow. So share, and these are the variety of different ways that you can share. You have one, two, three, four, five, six, seven different ways to share your Padlet. I hope that answers your question.
Anthony: And, Monica, so people have a couple of different related questions. So people are wondering about how Padlet looks on mobile devices. So you're working on a computer at the moment. But what if your students only have mobile devices, phones, or tablets, or something like that?
Monica Espinoza: Got it. So I think this is why Google Sites is fantastic, embedding it into a Google Site because Google Site offers you-- you can see-- how you can preview how students are going to see it. So if I select phone, I can have an idea about how it's going to look on their phone.
Now, Anthony, I've embedded it onto my website. And if you remember, students can create a post directly from here. So they don't need to see the whole thing. Just directly create a post from there.
Now on their phones, that's a great question, because just if I follow the direct link from my phone, I've actually never seen it. But for example, something like the shelf or the stream, I imagine-- let me go ahead and try it right now.
If anybody has already seen it and can give me feedback, you can tell us how it looks like and if it's not a good way for students to view it on their phone.
Anthony: And, Monica, kind of along those lines, some-- we have a few questions that have come in. So I'm a teacher. I don't have a Google Site. I don't have a website. I don't have an LMS. I don't have anything. But you could still-- and you were showing us the way to share.
I mean, if you just texted the link to your students or maybe if you're using Remind, for example, a texting app, you could plop that link right in the app in the Remind or text and text it out to your students. All your students have to do is click on the link. Remember they don't need accounts. They just click on the link to open the Padlet on their phones, and then they can participate that way as well.
Monica Espinoza: All right. And I have Remind. So I just type in the bit.ly URL. That's why I also use bit.ly because sometimes I have to send it through text. So it's easier that way. And in the past when we had face to face classes, I would always just create a bit.ly and I would just project it, and that's how students would access my Padlets.
So it doesn't matter if you do not have an LMS or a Google Site. You could hyperlink text on your email. Like if you're sending them an email. You can create a hyperlink in your email, or you could just copy and paste that link that Padlet gives you. You can just go ahead and paste it on here.
So I think it's a pretty easy way to share. It's just a matter of finding what works best for how you communicate with your students. I hope that answers your question.
Anthony: And, Monica, there was also a comment in the chat that you can also customize your Padlet, right? You can you can customize the very end of your Padlet to a word or phrase or something like that, right?
Monica Espinoza: Say that again, a word or phrase?
Anthony: A word or-- so your Padlet. So for example, like you're showing us padlet.com/espinoza_monica/, that part, you could also customize that as well. So you could turn-- you could change it to a world map or something like that.
Monica Espinoza: Correct. So for exam-- yeah, you're completely right. But I would have to do that within Padlet. Exactly. And it doesn't have to be this super duper long and confusing link. You could definitely shorten it and customize it, which is great because it might be more relevant for your students and maybe easier to access.
I customized a URL for you, which was bit.ly/teachersstudents, which is definitely easier than U C 4 U T C. OK. I hope that answers that question. Anything else?
Anthony: I believe so. And I think there's just a little bit of confusion about the bit.ly. So bit.ly is something different than Padlet. So any kind of a long, convoluted URL or address, if you want to make it much simpler, you can use bit.ly or another shortener to create an easier URL to remember. You showed, for example, Monica, the bit.ly/teachersstudents, right?
Monica Espinoza: Uh-hm.
Monica Espinoza: Yeah. Now imagine, so this one is for teachers, students. This one was for the shelf. Yeah. This one was for the shelf, right? So instead of having-- oh, sorry. Instead of giving you this, right, instead of giving you that really long, long link, I shortened it to something that's a little easier for you to spell than type into your phone or your browser.
But again, students must type it in exactly as it is. I mean, yes, the bit.ly is something different but is also a free account, and I use it a lot because I share lots and lots of links with my students. I share links to Google Docs, to slides, to Padlets, to Quizlet, to Google Sites, to-- you name it.
I share lots of links with them. So I create lots and lots of bit.lys. They are-- it is free and super easy to use because they are customizable, customized, and it's much easier than giving them a really long link.
Anthony: Monica, one more question. So a couple of people really want to understand better. So if they have a YouTube video, right, how can the teacher add the YouTube video into the Padlet-- maybe I guess into a Padlet post, right, the teacher post? So that then when the students are looking at the Padlet, they could click on the video that you've added to the Padlet in your post.
Monica Espinoza: OK. So for example, making the video the center of the post is what I imagine they're trying to do.
Anthony: Yeah. I know that-- I don't remember the steps. But sometimes what I-- I have a post that I start off with that I want my students to look at first. So maybe I have like some instructions or whatever, like da-da-da-da-da-da-da and watch this video. And then right under that is the YouTube video that I want the students to watch in the Padlet.
Monica Espinoza: Got it. So, yes. So when you create your Padlet-- let me go back to TED Talk. So I create this example. So you will have the option to-- oh, sorry, to set it as a cover, and that means that everyone will see it.
This will be-- in this post, because of what you're doing is you're essentially creating a post when you post your YouTube video, right? And as part of your post, that is where you would give your instructions or your description of what you want your students to do, and then your students could just create their post around that video that you watch.
So you would just do something like this. I hope that answers that question. Anything else?
Anthony: Uhm, let me see, let me see. Oh, there was a question a while back. You kind of talked about this a little bit, but maybe you can mention this again. OK. So you-- imagine you're a teacher and you're wanting to get started with your students using Padlet, and maybe they don't have any experience using Padlet.
So again, can you tell us about some of your steps for teaching students how to use Padlet and also given the distance learning environment? So how might you go about teaching your students how to get started with Padlet?
Monica Espinoza: OK. So when I started doing this online in one of our live sessions, I walk them through the steps. So I had a slide which explained the assignment, and it had the bit.ly address and which was also hyperlinked because that presentation was shared with them.
And I took screenshots. I'm sorry, I took snippets of what steps. I know like Melinda showed you at the beginning, and she gave you that little tutorial. So that's what it was like. That's how I did it. And let me show you-- that was during a live session. OK?
And during that long session, everybody completed the first Padlet with me. In case anyone didn't-- I'm sorry. In case someone didn't know how to get to it-- sorry, I'm trying to look at where my pictures are. OK. No. They are part of my presentation.
So that's the first way that I did that, which was talking about it during my presentation and walking them through as we were in a live session. Then I-- that session is recorded, and they have the presentation. They have a little-- the snippet, the lake screenshot pictures of step 1, step 2, step 3. So that's how I shared it with my students in this online setting, and it seems to have worked so far.
Anthony: OK. Yeah. I think that's very helpful. Snippet. And, Monica, when you talk about snippets, basically-- I mean, depending if you're in a Windows device, there's that snipping tool that you could use. If you're on a Mac, I would just use screen-- I make a screenshot, but I can customize the screenshot to the dimensions of what I want to want it to be.
So I don't want to show the entire screen. I just want a do a screenshot of like, OK, here are the commands that you would-- here's where the plus sign is and blah, blah, blah, all that.
Monica Espinoza: Yeah. There you go. Exactly.
Anthony: Let me just see if there are other questions. Folks, if you do have any more questions, go ahead and type them in the Q&A. I think we are kind of coming up to the-- oh, well, we're actually over time.
Monica Espinoza: Uh-hm.
Anthony: We were scheduled till 2, and we appreciate Monica staying a little bit later to help us out here. Melinda also said we do have an office hour today, OTAN office hours 4 o'clock. So if you go home and-- well, you're already--
Sorry, most of us are already home.
Monica Espinoza: Yeah.
Anthony: Yeah. Anyway, if you're in front of your computer practicing a little bit and you're still having trouble, come and see us at 4, and we can do some troubleshooting at that time as well.
Monica Espinoza: Yes, and my contact information is also on his presentation. So you can ask me as well if you'd like to contact me.
Monica Espinoza: So, sorry.
Anthony: Go ahead, Monica.
Monica Espinoza: OK. And if you would like to join-- well, some of you are already are. But if you plug-in this referral, you get an extra Padlet. So you would get four instead of three.
Anthony: Oh, fantastic.
Monica Espinoza: Uh-hm.
Anthony: Padlet.com-- let me see if we can type that in quick here. So it's padlet.com/referrals/espinoza_monica.
Monica Espinoza: Uh-hm.
Anthony: OK. So folks, I just typed it into the chat. Monica, I didn't realize that you could do that. That's great. So if you want to grab a fourth--
Monica Espinoza: I didn't know either.
Anthony: Yeah, fourth Padlet, go ahead and click on this link, padlet.com/referrals/espinoza_monica. And you can get your fourth Padlet. Oh, fantastic.
Monica Espinoza: For free.
Anthony: Who knew?
Monica Espinoza: I know, right? I haven't seen that. I just learned that recently. So that's nice.
Anthony: Nice. Very nice.
Monica Espinoza: Uh-hm.
Anthony: Monica, would you mind letting-- or I'm sharing your screen. And I just-- I know that people have had questions about recordings and slides and all that kind of stuff. So I just want to show folks where that is on the OTAN website.
Monica Espinoza: Yes.
Anthony: Oh, actually--
Monica Espinoza: So hang on one second. For this presentation, if you all would like to would like to view it, I very quickly created bit.ly for all of you. So that took me less than a minute. OK. So there you go. This is the bit.ly to this presentation if you'd like to see it.
So what would you-- you said stop sharing?
Anthony: Well, let me type this. I think I got to a padletpresentation1. OK.
Monica Espinoza: Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't-- I'm not sharing, huh?
Anthony: Yeah. That's OK. That's OK. I think I just got it in the chat. But we will also post the slides for Monica. And in a second, we'll show you where those are. So Monica, why didn't you go ahead unshare.
Monica Espinoza: Unshare.
Anthony: Or stop sharing, I'm sorry. And I'll go ahead and share my screen. People can-- I'm going to-- I think it opens up into my email.
Monica Espinoza: Uh-oh.
Anthony: Don't worry. Nothing important there. OK. So if you go to the OTAN website-- OK. So the OTAN website is www-- well, actually you don't even need that part. You can just go to otan.us.
So when you come to the OTAN website, we have our news item here on the home page, which is a list of upcoming webinars, office hours. Anything else that's coming up during the week, we have posted here on the home page. So as I mentioned, we do have that office hour a little bit later today at 4 o'clock. You can come and visit us there. We do have a couple of more webinars coming up tomorrow and Friday.
Tomorrow, Thursday, we actually have another CASAS webinar. CASAS will present Recording Distance Learning and TOPS Pro Enterprise. So if you would like to attend that webinar, you can go ahead and click on the link and register for that webinar.
Friday, we have a webinar on Google classroom with our own Melinda Holt and Debbie Jensen. I think Debbie actually was in the room today. I saw her. They're going to present on Google Classroom For Adult Education Part 1. So Part 1 will be Friday morning, 10:00 AM, and then Part 2 will be Monday morning at 10:00 AM. So if you'd like to join those webinars on Google Classroom, you can go ahead and register there as well.
Again, you're going to go to the OTAN website, otan.us, to get started. When you're back up near the top of the page, make sure to click on this button on the right hand side, COVID-19 Field Support. On the OTAN website, we are trying to consolidate a number of resources that are coming in from many corners, but one of the things that we're also doing on this page is providing links to recordings and related resources for the webinars that we've been running now for the last couple of weeks.
So Monica already shared her slides with us, so we'll try to get those slides up as soon as we can. But if they're going to be-- yeah, we have a lot of things going on at the moment. So eventually, we'll have an entry from Monica on her Padlet presentation today. So we can add the slides there.
When the recording is available, we'll go ahead and uplink that-- upload that link to the recording. But you can also, if you missed any webinars in the past or you want to rewatch something or grab the slides or the other resources, they're all listed here on our COVID-19 Field Support page. And again, just start at the OTAN website, otan.us. And look for this COVID-19 Field Support button on the right hand side.