Let me introduce you to one of my new go-to tech tools: Padlet. It’s free, it’s easy-to-use, and it’s awesome. Oh, and did I mention… no signup needed?
Padlet is essentially a digital poster that can be individually or collaboratively created. Simply visit the website and click “Create” to get started building your “wall” today. Then, double-click anywhere on the wall to begin adding your content, whether thats images, videos or text. Within a few minutes, you can be well on your way to having a quality work product.
Within the wall, you have a variety of choices and control over what your content looks, feels, and displays like, including adjusting the background, title, and logo, choosing your layout (your options are freeform, stream, or grid), and securing your Padlet by password-protecting it, sharing it with specific email users, or hiding it from the world completely.
Check out this brief tutorial video by Richard Byrne to get an overview of this powerful tool:
Want to start using Padlet tomorrow? Here are ten ways you can implement it immediately:
- Create a wall where students can post their questions during class discussions, lectures, or new content. Then, at the end, pull up the Padlet and answer each question!
- Assign students a topic you have already and have them create quick digital posters as summaries for review. Then, share the links with the whole class for a pain-free, classroom-wide study guide!
- Create and set-up ongoing portfolios within minutes to showcase student work.
- Create a feedback wall where students can post suggestions and express concerns anonymously.
- Create a shared wall between your department and post resources as you find them.
- Build a matching exercise on the wall and have students rearrange the photos and text to solve.
- Use it as a place to gather student reflections on learning.
- Create a thank you wall where students post their individual messages and share the link with stakeholders.
- Create an on-going book review wall.
- Use it as a way to gather sentence-starters and writing prompts for student’s individual writing.
- Create a digital map and have students post their findings about new cultures.
- Ask a question about last night’s reading and gather student responses in one place.
How will you use Padlet? Share in the comments below!