In an attempt to go more paperless, I have found another solution using a Web 2.0 tool: Padlet. Padlet is a great tool that allows any user to post anonymously on a board that has already been created, or if the user has an account, create their own boards to post on. This is a great solution for my ticket-out-the-door issue because students can post their feedback and it is all saved in one place. I can save that board with the date or lesson title and go back to view it at any point.
Padlet is also a friendly Web 2.0 tool that can mesh with other Web 2.0 tools because it will give you an embed code. This works great with websites, blogs, or learning management systems that allow you to embed code. When you embed the code it shows up on the new site exactly as it would if you logged in straight to Padlet. This is a great feature when you are trying to train students how to use different Web 2.0 tools because if you embed the page there are fewer clicks and fewer opportunities for something to go wrong.
Padlet would also be a great tool for students who are working to collaborate on a project because they can upload any file, picture, video, or link that they want to share with group members. I appreciate that users can only edit boxes they add to the Padlet, but that could also be tricky if group members are working together trying to get something worded just right. I also wish that Padlet had a search feature. For my original idea of ticket-out-the-door, I would end up with a large amount of boxes to search through and it would be great to be able to look for key words. Maybe that will come in the future.
Thinking ahead to professional use with the other teachers at my school I see Padlet being used as a great collaboration site where teachers could upload files or links to useful resources based on topics or units. I am hoping to create a Padlet of useful Web 2.0 tools with a short blurb and link to each tool so teachers can view and add to the list at any point.