Padlet is a versatile, easy to use tool for every teacher's toolkit. Let's learn the basics. At the bottom of this post, I have a Padlet that is temporarily open for you to post and share your favorite edtech tools.
[callout]Richard Byrne, author of Free Technology for Teachers, spent some time teaching the teachers at my school about Padlet. I've got some notes in this article that he mentioned in the workshop to give him due credit. Richard has a fantastic blog, and I highly recommend it.[/callout]
What you can share on Padlet:
- Record Your Voice
- Add a Hyperlink
- Add a Photo
- Add a Document
The flexibility of this tool means you could have one class Padlet for the year and share resources and links throughout the year. (Particularly if you set it up in “flow” style as shown below.)
[callout]As with many tools the gear icon (as shown in the graphic below) is where you go to edit your background and change your settings.[/callout]
[callout]Richard Byrne taught me something new today. You can change it to be more like a Twitter or have a flow. I like this view much better than having people write all over the board.[/callout]
Security and Control
[callout]There are lots of features you can customize. For example, you can make it public, private, password protected and even moderate everything.[/callout]
[callout]Remember, as the teacher, you can see a little trash can and delete items that need to be removed. You can also turn off writing and set it just to view when you're not in the classroom. If you're worried about “naughty students” – you just need to dig deeper.[/callout]
How you can give the students the link to the Padlet:
[callout]If you click the share button, you can share via email, Tweet, and it even creates a QR code. But the best way is to copy the long address and then paste the link into bit.ly and customize the link. (See my blog post on link shortening.)[/callout]
SANDBOX: The BIG Tip for the First Time You Use Any Software
[callout]As Richard shared, he has a common experience with tools that I do. The first time you share it, have a sandbox Padlet. Sandboxing software means that you play with the software before you get down to “business.”
Kids get a bit excited and sometimes silly. When they are done and get it out of their system, delete the Padlet and go onto the real activity. Glad to see another teacher seeks kids get excited. Both Richard and I recommend this as best practice in the workshops we give.[/callout]
How can I use Padlet in the Classroom?
- For younger classes, use it as a portfolio to share with parents. Snap pictures of student work and share them.
- Richard Byrne says you can use it almost as a blog.
- Have a class Padlet and put the links to everything else in it. Set the student web browsers to start with that page. If you set it to flow, the work is already at the top. Students will know quickly what they are doing that day.
- Have kids sort pictures on Padlet to classify them (and use the Interactive White Board (IWB)).
- Use it as a class backchannel and have discussions on it.
- Have students work a problem, and snap a picture of how they worked it.
Dig Deeper…More Resources
- Richard Byrne has written blog posts and recorded many tutorials
- Tom Barrett has a fantastic Google Presentation “32 Ways to Use Padlet in the Classroom” that you should review
- Classroom 21 Wikispaces on Padlet
- Matt Miller's 20 Useful Ways to use Padlet in the Classroom Now
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I like using Padlet for storytelling. It supports multiple media resources that you may use in your story. And it’s easy to use.
I also like using Padlet for class brainstorming (online or offline).
Our virtual school staff sometimes uses Padlet to give kudos to others. It’s a great place for us to “gather” to share our ideas. We’ve created them to put encouraging pictures, words,and ideas for teams the deserve recognition!
What an awesome idea, Shelia!
I can’t help but think it would do fantastically if every student had a tablet on their desk. Am I mistaken?
It would help but it isn’t required. You could bring it up and they could take turns adding their information. I think you can edit via your phone as well.
Cool! But I guess phone usage during classes is a no-no, right?
Not in my class
I really like Padlet. It is a unique tool to bring into a mathematics classroom (even though it might seem strange at first!). Padlet offers a great opportunity to promote, invite and encourage varied solution strategies. This is a place where students can post their own definitions and explanations of mathematical concepts and terminology. Simultaneously, they can look at every other student responses, broadening their exposure to unique thought processes. It is a helpful tool in giving students ownership of their mathematical thoughts.
Thank you Vicky for sharing.
Two other uses of padlet I haven’t seen mentioned. By moderating the posts, padlets can be used as evaluating tools. (the teacher has to approve each post before the class can see them) Each group of students posts an answer to a riddle/problem. It’s great for correction.
We can also use this moderating feature to create a detective story or suppositions on mysterious documents such as this one: http://padlet.com/silverteacher/mystery
I also use it as a learning diary. By posting my thoughts on my lessons, I keep track of my lessons all year long. Great tool to keep track of our work.
This is awesome Amelie! Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us! Awesome uses of a great tool!
Thank you Vicky for sharing so many helpful tips! Have a wonderful year!
Thank you for sharing, Vicki! I love listening to your podcasts.
I have been using Padlet Backpack this year with my students so I could see when they updated their pages & track their progress. It is advertised as uniquely set up for schools & classrooms. However, I really cannot recommend the extra cost. They have had several video issues since September (especially on the app side of things) & the customer service is atrocious … I typically have to wait at least a week before I hear back from anyone to even acknowledge the concern, let alone begin to solve it. That being said, the customer service on the regular Padlet (or Padlet Vanilla, as they call it) is fantastic! They get back to you right away & keep you updated on their progress for solving the issue.
Hope that this comment will save others from making the same mistake I did. Stick with the free version … at least until the bugs are worked out on Padlet Backpack’s side of things.
Quick question, does anyone know if you are able to upload video directly in the Padlet app? This was the feature that drew me to the paid version, but if it’s in the free version I’ll be switching. Thanks!
Thanks for sharing! I hope they get back with you and answer these questions!
Would love to know if you have used Padlet with students under 13 and setting up accounts etc using iPads.
This is something we are investigating for our primary (elementary) students.
My students are older than 13 — they say on their terms if your students are under 13, you have to comply with COPPA. (I guess this means not putting to much info in profile or any at all and using pseudonyms.
This is my first time hearing anything about Padlet. I like to learn more. Could you send more information about Padlet?
Here’s a tutorial video http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2015/10/how-to-use-padlet-my-most-popular.html#.VwthOBMrJUM from my friend Richard Byrne. I hope this helps.
Can I ensure that each student makes an entry onto a blog using padlet (i.e. their address is included but only viewed by me?) I plan on using this for an online flipped classroom grammar class for EFL students at a college in the UAE and I want to make sure that all students view the video before coming to class. Having each one make questions based on the lesson taught in the video and then posting them on Padlet would only work in terms of required viewing if I can be sure who wrote each question.
Hi Richard, I do not know the answer to this question. I’m wondering if you’d need each student to make their own private padlet and share it with you. Padlet also has some great forums of teachers where you should go to ask this as well.
I used padlet a lot in my blended high school geography class. I had a separate padlet for each major assignment. Once all the students had posted, they had to view everyone else’s and vote on their favorites. The winners got candy and extra credit.
It was such a simple way for them to share the ebooks, videos, comic strips, presentations and posters in a way that everyone could view them. One of my favorite tools!
Hello, Vicki. As I know, the teacher can approve each post before the class can see them with the moderator option. I tried but I still see their posts. How am I able to do it? Maybe not possible in the free version?
Thanks for your help
Did you look in settings? I think you have to set it up before you start.
Great way to communicate with parents
I like the idea of using it for warm ups, flash card drills, and so students can see the quick responses from other students, but without mobile technology, it would be difficult to implement.
Try making a padlet bulletin board and do in real life what padlet does digitally!
I like the idea of using for assessment, and word/definition drills. I will also explore using this as a way to connect with parents.
I look forward to using Padlet in my classroom. My students will be more engaged and interactive in their learning.
Thank you for this wonderful information about all of the things you can do with Padlet. I am new to this technology, and I learned about it for the first time in my grad class, New Literacies in the 21st century. For our class, the professor posed a question, and we linked to the question and posted a comment. All of the students in class could quickly and easily read each others’ responses, which I found very interesting and engaging.
I teach adult literacy, and a few of my learners are tech savvy, but many of them are not. What would you recommend that I start with for my group of adult learners? I want them to practice with different technology, and so far we have only used Google Drive to draft essays and share them to edit.
In terms of discussion while reading text, if I pose a question, can learners access the padlet via their mobile device, or does the software need a PC, laptop, or iPad device? I’m also wondering about how you can control content during a “live discussion” if some comments are posted that might be inappropriate.
I am going to practice before I introduce this new technology to my learners. As a teacher, I am challenging myself to keep abreast of new technology, but it is a challenge. There are so many great apps and wonderful software in our digital age. Thanks for responding to my questions.
These are some great ways to use Padlet! Thank you for sharing them!
Thanks for the information on Padlet. I have an account but need to start using it with my students in the classroom, as well as communication with parents.
Thanks again for explaining the set up for making the sight more private rather than all out public.
Enjoy it Phyllis!
Do students all have to be signed into the padlet to post?
I don’t think so. I think you can have a password protected one that if they have the link and password they can post. Of course, there is the public kind but that wouldn’t be good for students.
How Padlet can be used to engage students in a social constructivist activity?
There are so many things you can do. Padlet for brainstorming. Padlet as they research and share about their topics. Open discussions and more.
Great resource. I have never heard of Padlet
Thanks a lot Vicki for sharing so many wonderful ideas. This would be great to have also parents see some of the students daily work in class and being able to comment on them.
Padlet is a bit unorganized and messy for my taste.
There are multiple layouts- don’t use the default but one of the others and it may look different for you.
Have used Padlet in the past. Have new technology in my class that will make it easier to use this upcoming school year.
At our school appraiser come across a lot of great ideas in classrooms they would like to share with other teachers. I believe padlet could be use to share across the facility.
This is my first time ever hearing of Padlet. I hope to use it this year.
I have never used Padlet but I plan to give it a try! Thank you for the easy how to steps.
I’m going to use Padlet in my classroom to allow students to make comments about their understanding of content.
I have used Padlet last year and found it a good tool.
Since we are moving into technology we need to utilize everything that can make teaching easy and accessible to our students. Great tool.
I will most definitely try and use pallet
I have used Padlet and Kahoot and I would prefer Padlet.
I think all of this technology is a welcome opportunity to keep educational material fun and exciting. It makes the students stay interested in the material you are teaching. As a teacher, not only are we teaching students to learn, but in return, we learn from the students as well. Technology is the bridge that keeps us going. Together, everyone achieves more!
I especially like that I can use Padlet as a portfolio to share student work with parents. Also, I like that kids can sort pictures to classify them and then use the Interactive Whiteboard to justify their thinking.
How can I share the same padlet with other classes. I am using it as a collaborative tool for students to respond to certain questions. I want to use the same prepared paddles with another class rather than creating a new one and they should fill it out. is there any copy option?
has anyone tried using Padlet for AFL? I am thinking of using it with my year7 Computing groups.
Say every student has to post a question or a fact from the lesson and only the teacher can see their names?
If the teacher has a login and gives pupils the links, does only the teacher need to have an account? Does the programme need to be loaded to the machines first?
Padlet is new to me, bu I am excited to implement Kahoot as well as other edtech tools in my classroom.
Padlet is a great tool for having students ask questions and have discussions that come to mind throughout a lesson.
Nice site. Good use of my time instead of making things on my own
I am a second year education student who is in an ed tech course this semester. We have recently covered interactive systems and learned about Padlet as one of the systems. I really enjoyed how you went through how to run the site. It was really broken down amazing. I really enjoyed how you personal examples of how you use Padlet in the classroom. I may have to use Padlet in the classroom with some of your ideas. The thought of using Padlet as a portfolio to share with parents is a very appealing idea to me.
You could bring it up and they could take turns adding their information.
I plan on using this for an online flipped classroom grammar class for EFL students at a college in the UAE and I want to make sure that all students view the video before coming to class.
Can you see deleted comments by students as a teacher?
I am not totally sure now but I think if you’re the one who deletes them, maybe. I’d ask the help forum on the site.