My Daily Dispatch page is inspired by two people who have independently written books called ‘Show Your Work’ - Austin Kleon and Jane Bozarth. Kleon suggests that people share something small every day. He calls this a daily dispatch: “Once a day, after you’ve done your day’s work, go back to your documentation and find one little piece of your process that you can share.” I’ve chosen to do this here on my website. It’s a way of collecting, organising and expanding on the flow of my work and learning. It’s a place to share ideas and stuff I care about. It’s a way to give others more insight to my work and interact with it and me.

I’ve been using Padlet to crowd-source, co-curate and share resources for the past six months.  It has many features that make it particularly suitable to share widely and invite others to add resources. A collection of resources is placed on a ‘board.  You can make a board public and give anyone permission to add, to like or comment on items on a board.  An unlimited number of collaborators are allowed.  It’s also visually appealing and provides options to customise the background wallpaper and logo.

Until recently I was concerned that there was one important feature missing – the ability for anyone to search on a board.  I tweeted about this, including a notification to Padlet.  You can read their helpful response below.  In a nutshell, you can use the ‘search this page’ feature on your internet browser to search the contents of a board.  On Chrome it’s in the ‘Edit>Find’ menu option.  I didn’t know this was available in an internet browser.  It neatly bridges the gap in in-built search functionality in Padlet.

If you haven’t seen a Padlet board before you may like to explore one of my crowdsourced resource boards.  You’ll find a range of development resources for learning professionals at this link.


  • Bruno Winck

    Nice post. It’s good to be reminded that good old features are still around and we don’t need more fancy ones.

    Search (aka ^F or cmd-F) has been around for a while. With copy/paste, undo/redo it’s one of the features available almost everywhere and still does the job: Word, Adobe reader, browsers, slack …

    The drawback the tech guy in me see is that it’s only searching in the surface, ignoring relative importance of content (Title and comments weight the same) and won’t allow flexible multiple words search.

    Maybe, the tool value is to invite us to take the time to search with our eyes and encourage serendipity 🙂


    • Michelle Ockers

      Searching with our eyes Bruno! That’s good old fashioned technology. I like it.


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