I like it because it‘s free, simple to set up and can be used in a variety of ways in a course. With Padlet I can use one tech tool for three or four engaging classroom activities. I love that!
Padlet is also very easy for students to use. They don’t even need to set up an account. Students simply double click on the board and start posting! Padlet also has a built in media viewer so anyone can view the images, videos, podcasts or documents on the wall.
There are many ways to use this tool in an online or land class. It can function as a discussion board, a question & answer board, a platform for group or collaborative activities or as a poll or survey, just to name a few options.
Below are some examples of walls I’ve used in land and online classes. These show ways I have used them for reflection, as prompts for a class discussion, as a poll or survey type question, and for a quiz or practice for a quiz. Click on the picture to go to the live wall.
Here are the 5 steps you need to create a Padlet wall :
1) Go to Padlet.com and click on “Build a Wall.”
2) Click on “modify wall” (on right) and add a title, your question or a description of the wall. You can change the background (wallpaper) and set privacy options here as well. Explore the side bar for more options like adding a custom URL address and sharing options.
3) If desired, double click on the “wall” and add an image, file or video. You can drag a file to the wall as well.
4) Click on “share this wall’ (on right) and copy the link or embed code. Place it in your LMS content page or website.
5. Students double click on the wall to post.
You don’t have to create a Padlet account right away. It’s a good idea though if you want to track, modify or recycle the wall for another class or semester.
So try it out! Click here to leave your comment on the Padlet wall!