Padlet is a great way to share information and collaboratively create content. Consider a classroom brainstorm that often entails students raising their hands and sharing, one at a time, while the teacher or another student records on the board… now think about the possibilities if groups of students or pairs of students have a shared Padlet wall open and are all adding and sharing ideas and resources in real time! Once the brainstorming has taken place, the teacher can followup with a group discussion that might involve evaluating, sorting and classifying responses… something that can be difficult to make time for when the act of brainstorming and recording is lengthy.
Embedding media like videos and images is simple, and Padlet even allows users to record videos or take pictures in real time and places them directly into their documents. Create and share mind-maps, plans, diagrams, portfolios, you name it. Padlet has it.
Another valuable affordance of Padlet for teachers is that you can ‘moderate’ your posts using the privacy settings so that you view anything a student posts and approve it before it becomes ‘live’.
Important features and considerations:
- Accountability: MODERATE your wall using the SHARE menu (Top right corner) to help provide some accountability for students. T can circulate while students work and approve posts (using T’s mobile device) as T circulates, interacts/prompts/probes. You can also ask students to self-identify using initials or you can have students work in small groups or partners.
- Privacy: Also using the SHARE menu, you can adjust privacy. Consider: is the content sensitive at all? If so, there are also techniques like question boxes to support co-creating ideas/questions around more sensitive issues – the T can then preview the questions and discuss with class next day. Will students share their photos? names? what are the school/district norms and expectations or permissions needed?
- Accessiblity: You can create a custom URL using the ‘SETTINGS wheel’ (top right corner). This is also where you add a title and instructions/description. Consider: Do all of your students have devices? Will this be individual or small group or partner? Are there visually impaired students?
Visit https://padlet.com/ and click on “Create a padlet”. Then double-click anywhere to start writing, it is that simple! The URL can be shared with anyone. To explore some of the settings available, please refer to the video demonstration at the end of the post. Also, you can try out this embedded padlet. Double-click anywhere to start posting!