@egq22ly, thanks Ling Yao for sharing your thoughts. You make a good point about using Padlet to manage big classes by promoting collaborative group work on authentic tasks. Another added advantage to this is that teachers can monitor students’ work more closely and effectively. As you say, Padlet is a versatile tool that can be used before, during and after class depending on your lesson aims (see Jamie’s list above).
@earin, thank you for sharing your ideas, Zhijin. You raise a very important point about students’ engagement and relationship with learning technologies. I agree with you that we need to be careful about how we use technology to support and motivate learners. Our decisions should be informed by sound pedagogy (pedagogy before technology). Thus, long, unrealistic and unachievable tasks could be detrimental or demoralising to students, perhaps staging or breaking the task down to smaller manageable bits could help students cope better if not enjoy a sense of achievement in the end.