What‘s in Your Padlet?

Over the past three years we have had a number of faculty use Padlet in their courses. From creating a place for content curation or class discussions, to “exit tickets” for in class activity, Padlet has become a useful option for faculty wanting to generate more student to student interaction, and a space to curate material and collaborate.

And it looks nice!

What does it do? Well, Padlet can be a discussion forum. Students can respond to your prompt in text, images, and video. It also allows students to respond to one another.

Padlet can be used for group presentations. Rather than a traditional PowerPoint, students can gather the presentation materials in an ordered manner and move through them in the live presentation. And better yet, when shared with the class, it can also have conversations around each of the posts, or “slides.”

Padlet can be a space to curate resources on a class project or a specific topic. For example, I used this one to share possible topics and ideas for the final projects for a class.

Made with Padlet

Padlet is easy to use for both students and faculty. The Padlet below is ready and waiting for you to click the “+” sign at the bottom right and share something. Try adding some text, or a link to a website. Maybe a video? Or maybe all three. You can add your name or not. By default, the Padlet below is set so that you post is anonymous. Because I created it, I have a number of options available to me including making it private, making it public, or moderating posts before they appear on the live on the Padlet.

Made with Padlet

Padlet was built for teaching, so it has all the security and safety features you might expect. There is ample training on the web. Here are some videos from Padlet about using various features.

Padlet is a free tool that you can use today, and there is also a pro version that allows you more features. The Pro version is 99 dollars a year and there is also a version for teachers called, “Backpack.”

If you would like to talk about it more, please let me know at tconaway@uw.edu