Padlet is a virtual bulletin board that shows responses/resources to be posted in real time.
I am fond of and am a big advocate of all of the GSuite tools. However, my favorite tool is Padlet! Padlet is the hub, the home page, the museum of digital artifacts posted from many artists. I 💗 Padlet!
Did you know that Padlet added some new features this past May? Before the update, you could choose to display your responses in three ways with: free-form, grid, or stream. I noticed that Padlet changed the name of free-from to canvas and you can link posts to each other with connecting arrows, so creating a flowchart or organizational chart will be that much easier: helpful for linking timeline events, life cycles and so much more. I can not wait to use that feature this fall. You can still choose those three layouts or the new features called wall or shelf.
Using the wall format, you can add content like you are building a brick wall. The post will form a row from left to right. I think this layout allows for a true “bulletin board” layout. There is no actual organization, just building content on the wall.
In shelf, you can add columns and then Padlet will directly add posts under those columns. I am really excited to use shelf in my classroom, so expect another post about Padlet! In fact, I created a shelf-type Padlet for you to share the different ways you use Padlet in the classroom. So share away!
Padlet has templates as well!
Padlet in my Classroom
Padlet allows me to showcase my students’ work and creations on a virtual wall for all to see. Students can give real-time feedback. I used Padlet in different ways in my classroom, but these features are my all-time favorites.
Passion Projects/Line Plots Proposals
I especially enjoyed using Padlet’s comment feature when students shared their “elevator pitch” for their passion projects ideas. My students’ posted their proposals either in text or video and let their peers give them feedback on their ideas. In addition, we used this in math when my students created their line plots and shared what question/data they wanted to collect. I notice that when students realized that their peers will be providing feedback and NOT just me, they wanted to show off their skills, and their responses were fantastic.
Open House and QR codes
During Open House, I decided to showcase all their writing using the QR feature built into Padlet. I displayed QR codes around the room and parents loved that they could see their child’s writing, videos, and creations by just scanning it with their phones.
To share a Padlet or print out a QR code:
- Click share on the top right of Padlet
- Click on share/export/embed
- Choose to print code, copy link, or embed into website
- If you are choosing to print QR code, click on print code and then print. Click here for more ways to print or share Padlet.
Posting a question or collecting resources is another great use. Students can upload any type of media from an audio file to videos, links, and photos. Having students use Padlet to collect resources and share what they had found became a great crowdsourcing tool for students.
We also used Padlet as a message board for one of my students who was out ill for more than a month. I shared the link with the principal and vice principal to also share messages I attached that link to Google Classroom and my students were able to leave messages throughout the week. He loved it! In addition, he was able to comment on each message, and it gave him a way of still being connected to our class during his illness.
I know that my 4th and 5th-grade students really enjoyed using Google Classroom and all the GSuite tools to publish their writing. But every time I would tell them that they were going to post their writing to a Padlet, they LOVED it! I know that peer feedback and having that authentic audience is so powerful for all students. Having their writing displayed virtually gave students the opportunity to see growth in their writing by comparing Padlets.
Lastly, Padlet is free to all. You can purchase different subscriptions that provide for different functionality, but everything that I have mentioned is free, and you are not limited to templates or how many you can make. It is a revolutionary tool that promotes students’ creativity, choice, and voice!
Let me know how you use padlet and its features in the classroom. Add your response to this Padlet!