Parking lotAlso known as: anonymous feedback
Parking lot allows students to post questions or comments during an activity which the educator monitors and addresses at a suitable point within the lesson, usually the end, in order to prevent disruptions to the flow of learning. It:
- reduces the number of disruptions during the lesson and enables educators to filter questions that don't directly relate to the session
- allows students to work more effectively as they can record their ideas and questions as they think of them
- can help to inform future lessons, especially if there are any unanswered questions.
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How to use with ICT
- Create a virtual 'parking lot' using Padlet, where students can anonymously add any ideas and questions they have throughout a lesson.
|Paved paradise…and put up a virtual parking lot by Casey Daleman||Paved paradise…and put up a virtual parking lot||A digital solution to a parking lot for questions and comments during a lesson.|
|Parking Lot: LEARN strategy (video) published by the K20 Center||Parking Lot: LEARN Strategy||The K20 Center explores Parking Lot, an instructional strategy that uses a special area in the classroom where students can write down their questions about a lesson to be answered later.|
|30 creative ways to use Padlet for teachers and students by Lucie Renard||30 creative ways to use Padlet||A post-it board to support student ideas, including as a parking lot.|
|Creating a classroom parking lot by Courtney Belolan||Creating a classroom parking lot||Creating a parking lot supports internal student dialogue and makes it transparent.|
|Put up a parking lot! by Michael King and Jane Kovacs||Put up a parking lot!||Describes the thinking and procedure for using parking lot as a quality learning tool so that teachers don’t take things for granted or miss opportunities – but in a very different way.|
|Parking lot by Hyper Island, on the Session Lab website||Parking lot||Describes the procedure for using this as a classic business tool to keep meetings and workshops on track.|
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