Padlet is a virtual bulletin board that allows students to post content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) on a "wall". Padlets are versatile and can be used by both teachers and students. Teachers can create a Padlet and allow all students to post on a single wall, students can create a group Padlet, or a student can create an individual Padlet. Since Padlets are web-based, they can easily be shared with a URL, making feedback and grading an easy process.
Making it Happen in Your Classroom
A Padlet wall can be created on the fly or in advance.
- Go to Padlet.com and create an account (although you don't need one to build a wall).
- Once you are in, you can hit the "+" icon on the right panel to create a wall.
- Click on the Modify wall link to add a title, description (or prompt), and set privacy standards. You always go back and make these changes later, by click on the gear icon.
- Title and Description: Properly name it and provide instructions or a prompt for your students.
- Layout: Determine if you want it to be freeform or in a linear stream
- Privacy: You can password protect your wall, make it public, or keep it private
- Address: You can customize the URL of the Padlet
- Once it is all set up, you can take that URL and link it to your website.
- Have students open up the URL from your website. If you have a password, provide it to students
- Show students how to add a post (or just describe it)
- Let them go
- Show students how to create an individual or group Padlet
- Show students how to add posts
- Let them go
- Collect Padlet links on a Google Form for review
Activities and Examples
Using Padlet as a Collaboration Tool
Ways to use Padlet to connect students to other grade levels, schools and communities - View this Padlet
Student Created - Individual Padlet: Character Analysis
Student Created - Group Padlet: Background Knowledge Research