Padlet

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Long beloved by educators, Padlet has been on the ed tech scene for years. This easy to use and share creative tool lets users brainstorm, organize, categorize, comment and build on ideas. Many educators report that Padlet is easy to get up and running with, and they feel this tool is flexible enough for them to conduct a variety of learning activities.

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Sign up for a free Padlet account, using the Sign up with Microsoft option.

Tips and Tricks

In the free version of Padlet, you’re limited to five Padlets in use. Use them conservatively as an instruction tool, and reset Padlets so that you can change and reuse them. If you’d like to use one throughout a unit or course, be planful for the limits of the free version.

Experiment with varied types of Padlets, allowing you to stretch and adapt the application of this tool across different contexts. Many people start with and like the Canvas type, as this allows ideas to be reorganized.

8 types of padlets, including wall, canvas, stream, grid, sheld, backchannel, map, and timeline.
Figure 2. Several types of Padlets that can be built.

Choose colour schemes that are readable and not fatiguing for the eyes. Share in your course by posting the link from the Settings.

padlet with settings window open and "copy to clipboard" selected.
Sample Padlet with the Settings window open. Copy the link to the Padlet to your clipboard to post in your course.

Visit the Padlet Gallery for inspiration on how educators and learners use Padlet in their teaching and learning.

Figure 3. Padlet Gallery option in your account.


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Jess Wilkinson

Jesslyn is the Educational Technology Officer at Conestoga. An Ontario Certified Teacher, and holding a B.A. and B.Ed., Jesslyn researches and promotes new technologies for faculty to enhance pedagogical practices. She brings to the role her experience as a Google and Microsoft certified technology trainer and as a classroom teacher in South Korea, Mongolia, and Ontario, focusing on special education and assistive learning technologies. She is available for workshops, consultations, and support with using technology in higher education contexts.

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