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GAFE and Creating Reflective Learners

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

“The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think — rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men” – John Dewey*

Imagine!!! John Dewey wrote about the critical role of learning from our experiences and developing reflective practice as far back as 1938 and yet we are still working on these two essential components becoming  integral aspects of both teaching and learning.

The great news is that now we have incredibly powerful GAFE tools available to both teachers and learners that will facilitate these amazing practices.  Here are some examples using Padlet.


  • Accessing students’ prior knowledge:  When students enter your classroom have a Padlet page on the screen with an open ended question posted directing them to share any information that they have on a new topic or concept that you are introducing.  This is a great way to find out what your students already know.  It is rewarding to them and allows you to adjust your lesson planning accordingly.
  • Padlet can also be used at the end of a lesson for the teacher to reflect on the learning of the students.  The students can be asked to share on Padlet one new thing that they learned during the lesson.  The teacher will then have a record of that learning and can reflect on whether or not they need to add to their lesson plan, change things up or move on. (checking for understanding)
  • Padlet gives a voice to students to never put their hand up and those who are never called upon.

Padlet – How To by Richard Bryne

Padlet Features

Kim Meldrum, M.Ed. Google Education Trainer and LBPSB Pedagogical Consultant

*”The aim of education should be to teach us rather how … – Mindbloom.” <>