LLED 462: Learning Curation Module #7

Learning Curation #7

Essential Question:

How do I set up a learning commons in a brand new school that will become the “nerve centre of the school” (Leading Learning, p.6)

Learning Curation Prompt: Module 7

“From the readings make note of:

  • what you think is important to sustaining collaboration and networking in the library;
  • what are the characteristics and roles of the teacher librarian as educational leader. (Module 7)

Tech tool: In keeping with trying to model web tools to use with students in the library, Padlet is a way to collect and display your online material.

My Rationale:

To practice my skills with digital tools, I chose to create a Padlet to curate my notes about collaboration and networking from the readings. I love this tool and can see many uses within the classroom. I explored its uses once before and created a Padlet of curated resources for Student Vote, a mock election program, for my staff. In my current teaching situation, I would like to give this a try in my Science 7 classes.

A. My Student Vote Padlet:


B. Communal Wall: Science, Grade 7

During an upcoming inquiry project, I would like to have a “Padlet” set up for students to add to the communal “wall” to post an Essential Question for their inquiry research. Other ideas for future padlets within our research project could be to

  • share one resource you found that may be useful for your inquiry project
  • share two key words you might use as search variables

As described in the Padlet Tutorial, I would like to try to embed this directly on a class blog or post as a link to my Google Classroom. I will let you know how it goes!

My reflections:

I used the Padlet in two different grade 7 science classes. I purposely did not set the settings ‘moderate’ the posts but allowed students to immediately write to the wall and view other’s responses. This worked very well in my first class.

Students wrote their Inquiry Questions on the wall. We then had a mini-lesson on open/closed questions and which types of questions might lead us further into research. We then looked at each of the questions on the wall and worked collaboratively to re-phrase the questions to make stellar questions. This lesson worked so well!

My second class, however, couldn’t handle the responsibility of being able to post questions without teacher-approval. After watching some students post silly things like “Why?????????” or “hello everyone”, I changed the settings so that I would need to approval (moderate) the posts before they went live. In both classes, I had the Padlet wall projected on the screen so we could watch the questions being added and could discuss them as a class.

The only problem with moderating each post was when students decided to start editing their posts with such things as changing the colour of their notes. Each time they changed the colour, I needed to approve it again. This became rather tedious. However, once we got past the ‘cool’ factor of this new digital tool, we could return to the actual content of the lesson.

Again, students seemed to enjoy the process of reviewing each other’s questions and helping to re-phrase or add to the questions to formulate awesome questions that would spark critical thinking and deeper research.

Link to my grade 7 Science Padlet:  https://padlet.com/ydewith/gtzqmgvvl8mz

C. Padlet used to post key information related to collaboration and networking from the Readings.

I created a Padlet in order to familiarize myself with how to use Padlet, how to set up the privacy settings and how to share my Padlet with others. I found this curation tool to be very user friendly and can be used in many different applications. Because of the ease of use and the flexibility of the tool, this tool appeals to the diversity of learners within my class.

I played around with the privacy settings and set a password on this Padlet so I could try out the different settings.

Tools such as Padlets would be fantastic to use in building community, collaborating and networking with colleagues or within classroom settings. I can see how tools such as Padlet could be useful in creating that sense of the library as the central hub of the school. As teacher-librarian, I am instrumental in modelling new digital tools that support learning and in building bridges between colleagues. Padlets could be a great way to share information such as book lists, research tips or to be used within lessons.

Link to my Module 7 Padlet: https://padlet.com/ydewith/module7lled462

Password:  networking

Link to my Module 7 Padlet: https://padlet.com/ydewith/module7lled462

Password:  networking  (if needed)

How to use Padlet
TED Talk:


Byrne, R. (Sept. 10, 2013). How to use Padlet. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/UuzciL8qCYM

Canadian Library Association. (2014). Leading learning: Standards of practice for school library learning commons in Canada. Ottawa: Ontario.

Canter, L., Voytecki, K., Zambone, A., & Jones, J. (2011). Teaching exceptional children: School librarians: The forgotten partners. Council for Exceptional Children, 43 (3), 14-20.

Diggs, V. (2011). Teacher librarians are education: Thoughts from valerie diggs.Teacher Librarian, 38(5), 56-58. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/docview/875201232?accountid=14656

Ray, Mark. (2016, June 7). Changing the conversation about librarians. Retrieved from: https://youtu.be/IniFUB7worY


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