Using the “Shelf” option in Padlet, I set up various columns for students to post evidence of progress as they iterate on projects in my engineering class. For example, two weeks ago students worked on a cycle called “Olga” where they imagined and the designed (via CAD) solutions for a character, Olga, from a Little House on the Prairie episode who was born with one leg longer than the other. Click here for the edited video clip I provided students which served as the prompt for the project.
Before students began the project I set up “Shelfs”, one for each phase of the cycle. For this cycle, the four phases were as follows:
- Step 1: Rapid Drawing
- Step 2: Revised Drawing
- Step 3: CAD
By setting this format up via Padlet, students not only see their process emerge as they transition from imagining their idea to a CAD prototype, but they also see one another’s ideas emerge and develop. Keeping this in mind, the visible nature of their progress creates an intrinsic sense of motivation to perform as their work is public and can be critiqued. I have noticed huge improvements in student work when the iterative process is no longer behind a google doc firewall, but visible for all to see. Click here for the complete Padlet engineering design cycle for the “Olga” project. A screenshot of one student’s submission during the process is included below.