Padlet

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Long beloved by educators, Padlet has been on the ed tech scene for years. This easy to use 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. Take a look at some example Padlets below.

Get Started

Sign up for a free Padlet account, using the Sign up with Microsoft option and your college email. Use a unique password.

In the free version of Padlet, you’re limited to three 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.

This video will coach you on the basics of getting started.

“The basics for Educators” by Padlet. Retrieved August 2020 from the Padlet YouTube channel.

Padlet and Learning

The best learning application for this kind of tool would use it’s capacity for variety and recursion. Rather than using a Padlet once, create an activity that has students re-visiting it and improving it over time. Experiment with the different types of Padlets you can build. 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.

Be aware of colour contrast and avoid colour coding. Choose colour schemes that are readable and not fatiguing for the eyes. If you want to use colour coding, make sure it’s paired with a shape or some other indicator – just in case some learners are colour blind. Customize the colours in your 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.

Be flexible. Try out Padlets in a variety of ways, and avoid repeatedly using them for the same purpose. Visit the Padlet Gallery for inspiration on how educators and learners use Padlet in their teaching and learning.

Buttons in a padlet dashboard, including Make a padlet, join a padlet, and gallery.
Figure 3. Screenshot of the Padlet Gallery button in your account.

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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