What is Padlet?
Padlet is an online 'virtual bulletin board’ where students and educators can collaborate, reflect and share links and pictures, in a secure location.
Padlet is like an interactive whiteboard and is used by teachers and students all around the world.
Why use Padlet?
At Aula we think that Padlet is a great way to set up and manage collaboration between students, especially as projects can be shared and edited amongst multiple contributors.
This article aims to give you some ideas on how you can use Padlet to increase engagement and discussion between your students. In one space your students can share their opinions, work in progress or resources - all without leaving Aula!
Examples of Good Practice:
Padlet can be used in lots of different ways. Educators could encourage students to brainstorm on a certain topic or students could use a Padlet between themselves as part of a group project. Your Padlet can also be branded to make it look and feel institution-specific, you can do this by customising your backgrounds to keep it consistent with the rest of your materials. A few ideas to get you started:
🔹Use it to get a snapshot of how your class is progressing with a project
🔹 Assess whether your class has understood content by getting them to apply and share their learning
🔹Get students to share the most up to date resources and news
🔹Create a board where staff can share ideas on great teaching strategies
Some of our favourite examples are below 🚀
- An educator asking students to post their first animation tests.
2. An educator asking students to introduce themselves at the start of a semester by dropping a pin on their home town, with a description or photo.
3. A group research task
How do I get started?
Head to Padlet and create an account. Once you're all set up, you can start getting creative with your own boards! Have a look at the video below if you need further help with creating your own personalised Padlet.
The Padlet support centre also has plenty of resources to help you get started. Take a tour of the app, view more example Padlets in the gallery, watch tutorials on their YouTube channel. If you need help with the technical aspects of Padlet, you can also reach out to their support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any questions or want some inspiration on some great Padlet ideas?
Reach out to the Community & Support team by pressing the ‘?’ when you’re logged into Aula. You can also contact us via email@example.com.
For more ideas on how to make the most of Aula, see our other articles in the Aula help centre.
Q. Do I need to pay for a subscription?
A. No - the 'vanilla' version will always be free. If preferred, you do also have the option to upgrade your account, more information about costings for this can be found here.
Q. How do I share my Padlet with collaborators?
A. Open the Padlet you wish to share, on the right sidebar click share -> add members. We would then recommend sharing the link on your Aula feed to make sure your students know it’s there.
Q. Can I make a Padlet on my mobile?
A. Yes - You can log in through a mobile browser (Chrome, Safari etc.). When you click on Padlet via Aula on your mobile device you will automatically be redirected to the mobile-friendly website. Even better, download Padlet for Android. If you're using an iPhone or iPad, Download Padlet for iOS.
Q. Can I have a private Padlet or make it password protected?
A. Yes, this would be a good thing to do if you’re just using it for a small group. You can change the privacy in settings or follow the steps below to add a password.
- Go to the Share menu of your Padlet
2. Choose the People/Privacy tab
3. Choose Password-protected, and in the dropdown, choose if users with the password Can Read, Can Write, or any of the other permissions.
4. Set the password
5. Choose Save