Padlet is an online bulletin board that teachers and students can use to collaborate, curate, and share digital content. The way Padlet works is simple and easy: users create padlets and add posts to them; others interact with publicly shared posts(e.g, through comments and reactions) or contribute by adding more resources. Posts can contain various types of digital content such as text, videos, audio recording, screencasts, web links, graphs, images, GIFs, and many more.
Ways to use Padlet in your teaching?
How to make a Padlet?
To create a Padlet, log in to your account and click on ‘Make a Padlet’ then select a Padlet template. There are seven templates to choose from:
- Wall: Arrange content in a ‘brick-like layout’.
- Stream: arrange content in an easy to read, top-to-bottom feed’.
- Grid: organize content in rows and boxes.
- Shelf: Arrange content in a series of columns.
- Map: Add content to points on a map.
- Canvas: ‘Scatter, group, and connect content in any way.’
- Timeline: Arrange content along a horizontal line.
Click on Select under the template you are interested in and follow the instruction to customize your Padlet. Provide a title and a short description. You can also change the look of your Padlet by editing color scheme, font, and wallpaper. Set your Posting preferences which include: Attribution (select whether you want the author name displayed above each post or not), Comments (when turned on viewers can comment on posts), and Reactions. There are four reaction types you can activate for your posts: Grade (provide numeric scores to posts), Star (give posts 1-5 stars), Vote (upvote or downvote posts), and Like. Or, select Non to turn off reactions for your posts.
Content filter is another key feature you need to set when you create your Padlets. As a moderator, you can turn on the Require Approval functionality so that posts are manually approved by a moderator before being posted. You can also choose to activate the Filer Profanity service to replace bad words with nice emojis.
How to add posts to your Padlets
Now that your Padlet is created, you can then start adding posts to it. You have various content options to add to your padlets :
- Upload: Upload various types of files to your posts.
- Audio recorder: Use your computer’s mic to record and add audio.
- Drawing: Use Padlet’s drawing tool to create drawings and save them to your posts.
- Camera: Grab photos using your computer’s camera and add them to your posts.
- Video recorder: Use your computer’s mic and camera to record and add videos to your posts.
- Screen recorder: Instal Padlet’s Chrome extension to start recording your screen and add screencasts to you padlets.
- Location: Use Google Maps to easily add locations to your posts.
- Links: Add links by pasting their URLs.
- Images and GIFs: Use Padlet’s internal search service to search for Images and GIFs to add to your Padlets.
You can also search for and add content from YouTube, Spotify, and the Web. For instance, to add content from the web, type in your search query then click on any of the search results you are interested in to add it directly to your Padlet. The same process with adding content from YouTube or Spotify.
Share options and privacy settings
You also get full control over the privacy of the Padlets you embed somewhere else. You can choose to keep them:
- Private: Padlets are hidden from everyone else and can’t be accessed even when someone tries to.
- Password protected: Padlets are still hidden but you can share them with others and let them access them through a password.
- Members only: Padlets are hidden and only members who are logged in can access them.
- Secret: Padlets are hidden but when you share them with others they can access them.
- Public: They are open to the whole public to access and view.
Invite members to your Padlets
This is a great collaborative feature to use with your students. You can invite members by name, username, or email. When you invite members you get to control what they can do with your Padlets. You can choose whether they:
- Can read: Members can only view posts but they can not add or edit posts, approve others’ posts, modify or delete padlets, nor invite collaborators.
- Can write: Members can only view and write posts but they can not edit or approve others’ posts, modify or delete padlets, nor invite collaborators.
- Can edit: Members can view, add, edit, and approve others’ posts but they can not modify and delete padlets nor invite collaborators.
- Can administer: Members can view, add, edit, and approve others’ posts. They can also modify and delete padlets and invite collaborators.
Note that unless the owner of a padlet restricts access to their padlet to account holders, contributors to a padlet are not required to have a Padlet account to add content to the publicly shared padlets. They can still add content but their contributions will be tagged anonymous.
Padlet Gallery hosts tons of example padlets created by the user community. These are especially helpful to use to get inspirations and design ideas to try out on your own padlets. Also note that Padlet does offer a feature called Remake which allows you to copy the design (or posts) of a padlet and use as a template for your own work but you should make sure you respect the intellectual property of others and familiarize yourself with Padlet’s content policy before you use Remake.
Padlet subscription plans
Finally, Padlet offers free and premium subscription plans, The free version supports the creation of only 3 padlet boards with up to 25MB upload space. The premium version offers more features. There is also a Backpack plan made especially for schools.