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This free tool puts a fresh new spin on what a collaborative discussion space is. You don't even have to be in the same room as your collaborators.

How to Create a Collaborative Discussion Space

Create a collaborative discussion space using Padlet.

Check out the video above as SimpleK12 technology trainer Monica Burns shares how to create a collaborative discussion space with Padlet. This free tool is so simple; it only takes her 3 minutes to share the basic ins and outs.

Padlet is an online sticky note board that can be used in a variety of ways.

Monica explains how you can use this virtual board to collaborate with others. Whether your students are using it for a review session, or you're using it with colleagues for a group discussion, Padlet is a wonderful way to connect and share ideas online.

One of my favorite things about collaborating with Padlet is that when you're finished with your brainstorming session, you have everyone's thoughts and ideas nicely organized on one shareable webpage. You can keep the URL for reference later on, or to go back to if you (or others) want to make additional notes.

For more on collaborating with students and colleagues, I recommend the Collaboration Toolkit. This online course contains videos that discuss various free tools that facilitate easy collaboration, along with strategies for online projects and discussions that increase engagement and build collaborative skills. Learn about collaborative tools, such as shared documents, wikis, presentation tools, online sticky notes, online discussions, and more — and how you can use them in your classroom. You'll also discover ways you can easily collaborate and share with fellow educators to learn best practices, distribute information, and enhance your professional development. If you use mobile technologies, you can also explore suggestions and strategies for using iPads, tablets, and mobile apps to share resources and collaborate.

Can you see yourself using this tool in your classroom? Let me know your thoughts in a comment on this article.

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About Our “Collaborative Discussion Space” Presenter
Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Monica works with teachers to make technology integration exciting and accessible at all grade levels. She has conducted well over 40 unique training sessions for SimpleK12, click here to take a look at more videos from Monica.

About the Author
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for SimpleK12.com. She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at editor@simplek12.com.