What is Padlet?
Padlet is a free online notice board which allows you to create online boards where you can add notes which can include text, images, audio, video and web links. You can share these boards for others to view or contribute to and there are a number of privacy settings which allow you to require a password to access it, make public or keep private to yourself. Padlets can be edited via a laptop or via the Padlet app on a tablet or smartphone. You can also download and save a version of the Padlet board in order to store it for later reference.
The free version of Padlet only allows you to have 3 boards live at a time, this means if you want to create a new board but have used your 3 allowance you will have to export the wall as a pdf/image/.csv and then delete it to create space for a new one.
Why would I use Padlet with my students?
- To collect questions from students during a live lecture or teaching session, where you can respond to these in order to clarify key learning points.
- To gather feedback from students about a session in order to gain an idea of how they are experiencing learning on your module or programme.
- Create a series of boards which are then used by groups to collate and present information they have gathered during a research task.
- Get students to create a digital poster featuring key information, videos and clickable links for formative or summative assessment.
- Use Padlet for mind mapping, brainstorming and timelines.
How do I use Padlet with my students?
- Create a Padlet account
- Click on log in with Microsoft and enter your Leeds Beckett details.
- Create a Padlet board, (you can change the type of board once created)
- Share the board
- Encourage others to add content to the boards.
Privacy Settings in Padlet
Padlet enables collaboration amongst groups where you can share ideas and gather points of view. The various settings allow you to set a page to private, allowing only those you share the link or password with access to your page. You can choose the type of access when setting the page up.
People and Privacy
Another useful feature here is the ability to add a moderator to the Padlet page that would monitor all posts before publishing. This can be helpful if there is a risk of inappropriate material being posted. You can delete individual posts at any point if you do not want to moderate every post.
We would recommend that you do not use the public option for any wall and use the secret or password option instead. You can change the setting once a wall is created.
You have full control of your Padlet page with who has access, what is also useful is that you can set the type of access people have, to read only, write posts and moderate which allows the person to edit and approve others posts.
The Padlet page that you create can be shared easily. From the Padlet page if you click on Share, a menu appears with a variety of options.
These options are good if you want to save the collaboration for future use or review.
The Padlet can be saved in a variety of formats. Saving as an image or PDF file will mean that you can no longer make edits to the ideas and data shared.
How to post to padlet
- Padlet is available via a computer or tablet/smartphone.
- Images will not have alternative text added. For this reason students should be instructed to add a description, on the Padlet note, for any pictures which contain information and are not purely decorative.
- Audio and video may not have transcripts of sound (unless students have been instructed to provide this as an attachment to the Padlet note).
- Video may not have captions for audio content (unless these have been added to the video before it was posted on the Padlet wall).
Page last updated: 23/11/2019