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How to Use Padlet: A Fantastic Tool for Teaching

by Vicki Davis
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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]

www.padlet.com

What you can share on Padlet:

The Add to Padlet screen

The box where you type or share your item.

[callout]You can:

  • Type
  • 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.)

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Editing

[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]

You can customize your Padlet page with a different background, title and more.

You can customize your Padlet page with a different background, title and more.

Organizing

[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]

You can move the Padlet layout to stream. This is much better than typing all over each other, in my opinion. (hat tip Richard Byrne - I didn't know this.)

You can move the Padlet layout to stream. This view is much better than typing all over each other, in my opinion. (hat tip Richard Byrne – I didn't know this.)

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]

You can have lots of control. You can even premoderate comments.

You can have lots of control. You can even moderate comments.

[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:

You can share the link with others in many ways. You can also copy the link at the top and paste into a link shortener like bitly.

You can share the link with others in many ways. You can also copy the link at the top and paste into a link shortener like bitly.

[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.

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59 comments

Jo Schiffbauer October 13, 2015 - 9:03 am

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).

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Sheila Blue October 14, 2015 - 9:31 pm

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!

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Vicki Davis October 15, 2015 - 8:30 pm

What an awesome idea, Shelia!

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John Laskaris @ Talent LMS October 16, 2015 - 11:18 am

I can’t help but think it would do fantastically if every student had a tablet on their desk. Am I mistaken?

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Vicki Davis October 18, 2015 - 8:57 pm

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.

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John Laskaris @ TalentLMS October 23, 2015 - 5:18 am

Cool! But I guess phone usage during classes is a no-no, right?

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Vicki Davis October 23, 2015 - 6:32 am

Not in my class

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Mitch December 3, 2015 - 2:55 am

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.

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amelie silvert December 29, 2015 - 4:19 am

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.
@silverteacher

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Vicki Davis January 1, 2016 - 11:09 am

This is awesome Amelie! Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us! Awesome uses of a great tool!

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amelie silvert January 2, 2016 - 6:19 am

Thank you Vicky for sharing so many helpful tips! Have a wonderful year!

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Rosemarie January 28, 2016 - 4:37 pm

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!

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Vicki Davis January 28, 2016 - 5:15 pm

Thanks for sharing! I hope they get back with you and answer these questions!

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Raff March 31, 2016 - 9:06 pm

Hi Vicki,
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.
Thanks,
Raff

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Vicki Davis April 1, 2016 - 3:43 pm

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.

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Political Science 365 April 8, 2016 - 4:10 pm

This is my first time hearing anything about Padlet. I like to learn more. Could you send more information about Padlet?

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Vicki Davis April 11, 2016 - 4:32 am

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.

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Richard Brush April 26, 2016 - 6:28 am

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.

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Vicki Davis April 26, 2016 - 6:50 am

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.

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Meryl van der Merwe May 21, 2016 - 4:28 pm

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!

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Nuria Saez July 15, 2016 - 9:15 am

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
Nuria

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Vicki Davis July 16, 2016 - 6:11 pm

Did you look in settings? I think you have to set it up before you start.

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Traci Hunter October 7, 2016 - 3:27 pm

Great way to communicate with parents

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Carolyn Brinson October 11, 2016 - 2:20 am

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.

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Vicki Davis October 30, 2016 - 9:04 am

Try making a padlet bulletin board and do in real life what padlet does digitally!

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Daphyne Burnett November 10, 2016 - 10:52 am

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.

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Joan October 15, 2016 - 11:28 am

I look forward to using Padlet in my classroom. My students will be more engaged and interactive in their learning.

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Tammy Twiggs December 4, 2016 - 9:35 pm

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.

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Vicki Davis December 6, 2016 - 2:16 pm

These are some great ways to use Padlet! Thank you for sharing them!

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Phyllis Boone December 29, 2016 - 9:50 pm

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.

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Vicki Davis January 2, 2017 - 8:28 am

Enjoy it Phyllis!

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Samantha Bennett January 9, 2017 - 9:30 pm

Do students all have to be signed into the padlet to post?

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Vicki Davis January 12, 2017 - 6:55 am

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.

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heba elbob April 8, 2017 - 11:29 am

How Padlet can be used to engage students in a social constructivist activity?

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Vicki Davis January 1, 2018 - 8:10 pm

There are so many things you can do. Padlet for brainstorming. Padlet as they research and share about their topics. Open discussions and more.

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Lisa Perkins-Jackson March 6, 2017 - 8:03 am

Great resource. I have never heard of Padlet

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Jose Colon March 26, 2017 - 9:35 pm

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.

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Leigh April 3, 2017 - 3:33 pm

Padlet is a bit unorganized and messy for my taste.

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Vicki Davis April 4, 2017 - 6:12 am

There are multiple layouts- don’t use the default but one of the others and it may look different for you.

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Sarah Jenkins July 11, 2017 - 8:59 pm

Have used Padlet in the past. Have new technology in my class that will make it easier to use this upcoming school year.

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Claudine Carswell July 18, 2017 - 10:19 am

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.

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janet scott-carrier July 30, 2017 - 3:34 pm

This is my first time ever hearing of Padlet. I hope to use it this year.

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April Espinoza August 12, 2017 - 9:15 pm

I have never used Padlet but I plan to give it a try! Thank you for the easy how to steps.

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Valerie Johnson August 26, 2017 - 11:18 pm

I’m going to use Padlet in my classroom to allow students to make comments about their understanding of content.

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JGKemp August 28, 2017 - 9:28 pm

I have used Padlet last year and found it a good tool.

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Joana Iglesias August 31, 2017 - 3:02 pm

Since we are moving into technology we need to utilize everything that can make teaching easy and accessible to our students. Great tool.

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Tiffani September 14, 2017 - 8:46 pm

I will most definitely try and use pallet

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Ellisor September 17, 2017 - 6:04 pm

I have used Padlet and Kahoot and I would prefer Padlet.

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Anita Westfall September 26, 2017 - 10:43 pm

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!

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Laura Arredondo October 14, 2017 - 11:39 pm

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.

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shifa November 12, 2017 - 1:00 am

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?

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vera December 9, 2017 - 6:57 am

Hello
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?
thank you

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Lilia February 5, 2018 - 3:12 am

Padlet is new to me, bu I am excited to implement Kahoot as well as other edtech tools in my classroom.

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Terri Young March 3, 2018 - 8:30 pm

Padlet is a great tool for having students ask questions and have discussions that come to mind throughout a lesson.

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Greg Rich March 26, 2018 - 2:54 pm

Nice site. Good use of my time instead of making things on my own

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Kristen Oseen March 26, 2018 - 9:04 pm

Hi Vicki,

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.

Kristen

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Efrain A Montoya May 5, 2018 - 10:29 pm

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.

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Samantha January 26, 2019 - 10:21 am

Can you see deleted comments by students as a teacher?

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Vicki Davis February 4, 2019 - 9:12 pm

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.

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