More Ideas For Using Padlet

Jan 13, 2015 - Gathering and sharing some ideas for using Padlet for teaching and learning. See more ideas about teaching, education, classroom tech. I really enjoyed how you went through how to run the site. It was really broken down amazing. I really enjoyed how you personal examples of how you use Padlet in the classroom. I may have to use Padlet in the classroom with some of your ideas. The thought of using Padlet as a portfolio to share with parents is a very appealing idea to me.

Lindsay Warwick
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An excellent collaboration tool for teachers and learners.

Using
Who it’s for:
All ages (young learners with parental consent)
Price:
Free (limited), Backpack: plans start at $12 USD/month
Platform:
Website iOS Android Chrome, Safari and Firefox extensions

Padlet is an extremely easy-to-use tool that allows learners to collaborate online by posting text, images, links, documents, videos and voice recordings.

User experience.

Users can access Padlet via a website or app. Setting up a board requires registration but it’s easy to do. You only get three Padlets (think noticeboards) for free but you can recycle them, or upgrade for more. Setting up a Padlet takes just one click of a button – it’s that simple! You then share the link with learners who add posts by simply tapping or double clicking, either in class or at home. It’s extremely easy to use. Modifying your Padlet takes a bit longer but if you follow each step, it’s not hard to do.

Language level and skills.

Padlet is a tool that teachers can exploit with any level of learner. As learners add their own posts, what skill they develop depends on what task given is to them. Learners can develop writing skills (e.g. write a short description of a person you admire) or speaking skills (record yourself telling an anecdote). They can also brainstorm vocabulary related to a topic to activate existing knowledge before a reading or listening text. As learners all type their ideas at the same time, it’s an inclusive and efficient way of collecting ideas.

Language learning content.

Padlet doesn’t provide any content for teachers or learners. Instead, it provides the opportunity for teachers to share content in the form of links e.g. to videos or online articles to watch/read. It also allows learners to share learner-generated content in the form of text posts, audio recordings, video or documents. It’s great for project work, as learners can go away and research something then report back on a Padlet. It should be noted that the free version allows video files of just 25mb so this is a feature that only really works if you upgrade.

Tracking learning.

Padlet doesn’t track learning itself but it does allow teachers to monitor the understanding or use of English of all learners in the class. Let’s imagine that learners all have to share as many words as possible that they remember from the previous lesson in two minutes. The teacher can assess how well each learner remembers the words. If learners record audio or write a short text, the teacher can assess their use of English and provide feedback. Padlet is also great for peer feedback, as learners can read or listen to each other and provide feedback in the comments.

Social interaction.

Padlet allows for synchronous or asynchronous collaboration. Learners can share ideas, materials, audio and video. They can then comment on these. The comments option does need to be turned on though, as it’s off by default. When creating a Padlet, you have different formats to choose from. The Backchannel option provides a forum style format where learners can discuss a topic as they might on social media. Teachers could create a Padlet in this format for each group of learners in a class and ask them to discuss a topic and come to an agreement for homework.

Learning through language.

One problem some learners have is with coming up with ideas of what to say in English, for example in discussions, debates or essays. Learners can use Padlet to share ideas before they do any of these things. It pushes them to come up with one idea, but they can learn from others’ ideas too which may prompt even further ideas. Teachers can then encourage learners to think more critically about these ideas e.g. rank them in order of validity. This preparation could be done in class as part of a lesson or for homework in preparation for a classroom activity.

Supporting teaching and learning.

Padlet is a platform which gives learners a wider audience for the work they produce i.e. their classmates, and parents or guardians. They can receive feedback on their work, as well as look back at previous work to identify progress. For the teacher, Padlet helps them to better assess the learning of everyone in the class, something that can be tricky even with medium-sized classes. The teacher can then use what they see to assess learning and inform the rest of the lesson and future lessons.

Technical: user safety and data security.

Teachers have to register but it means they can delete Padlets, and edit and delete posts. There are different privacy settings too. There are some very helpful video tutorials and a knowledge base section where you can find answers to questions. The free version of Padlet has adverts but only on the page of the person who sets up the Padlet e.g. the teacher. Padlet says they collect data and share them with third parties but only to enable them to run their service. You can find out more in their About section under Privacy Policy.

Reviewer’s impression

An excellent collaboration tool for teachers and learners.

Keywords

vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, speaking, listening, integrated skills, topic-based learning, primary, secondary, adult, collaboration, communication

Price

Free (limited), Backpack: plans start at $12 USD/month

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Platform

Using
  • Website
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Chrome, Safari and Firefox extensions

Learner language level

  • All levels

Learner age

  • All ages (young learners with parental consent)

Content advice

  • Content is produced by the teacher or learners.

Pros

  • Easy to set up.
  • Easy to use.
  • Students can access it quickly.
  • Students can use it at home.

Cons

  • It’s important to select the right layout or posts can get messy.
  • It’s important to manage posts to ensure nothing inappropriate is added by learners.
  • It can be difficult to see all the posts when viewing Padlet on a phone.

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For learners

  • Can share knowledge, ideas, work.
  • Can get links to materials the teacher wants them to look at.
  • Can assess each other’s work.
  • Can access it in class or out.

For teachers

  • Easy to set up and use.
  • Can make the learners’ work password protected.
  • Can share links to videos, websites or upload documents for students to access in or out of the classroom.
  • Can assess students’ learning more easily.
  • Can edit and delete posts.
  • The free version is comprehensive.

I’m always excited when I’m using Padlet. Is it the interface, the way everything is designed, its purpose or the fact that I’m organizing things smoothly? I don’t know. It just makes me happy.

And today I’ll try to make you happy as well. How is it that this online Post-it board can make your day? How to use Padlet in your classroom? What are the best lesson ideas with padlet? How can you use Padlet in the elementary classroom and in high school? I’ll tell you right away…

But first:

What is Padlet?

Padlet can be used by students and by teachers. With padlet you can create an online post-it board that you can share with any student or teacher you want. Just give them the unique Padlet link. Padlet allows you to insert ideas anonymously or with your name. It’s easy to use and very handy.

Whoever has the Padlet board opened on his smartphone or computer, can see what’s on it and what everyone is writing. Students just have to take a device and start adding little sticky notes online. They can see all the ideas gathered on the teacher board immediately.

How to use Padlet?

Using Padlet in the classroom is easy. You can install the Padlet app for Apple or for Android on your phone or just go to the Padlet website.

Here you create an account and make your first board. Once that is settled, you have to get the board to your students. Sharing a Padlet board is easy; choose for a QR code or a link. There are more sharing options, but these two are the most obvious.

Let your students insert the link in the browser or in the Padlet app. They can ‘continue as guest’ so they just have to scan the qr code with the Padlet app or type in the URL, without creating an account. Shortly after, they will be directed to your first Padlet board.

Then there’s one more question that needs to be answered: How to post things on Padlet? Well, there are a few ways to do this:

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  • double click anywhere on the board;
  • drag files in;
  • paste from clipboard;
  • save as bookmark with Padlet mini;
  • or just click the ‘+’ button in the lower right corner.

30 Ways to use Padlet in the classroom

Padlet reaches as far as your imagination. It’s you that makes an educational app like this really powerful. So, let me give you some padlet ideas for in the classroom.

1. Brainstorming on a topic, statement, project or idea

This lesson idea is probably the most popular among teachers. That’s why I’ve put it first on this list.

Give a statement students have to discuss or a project about which students have to brainstorm. Share the board and let students share their ideas and comments. This way, every student can see what the others think. You can discuss a few of the given answers with the whole class.

Let’s try it out for this post. I listed 30 ways to use Padlet, but there are so much more lesson ideas with Padlet. Why not share them with everyone? How do you use Padlet in your classroom apart from the ones that are already in this list?

Just click on this link, and start collaborating. I’m so curious about how many ideas we’ll get! Nothing to contribute? Then just take a look! After a while, the board should contain a lot of fun classroom Padlet ideas.

2. Live question bank

Let your students ask questions during the lesson. It’s very handy when students don’t understand something or need a better explanation. Stop your lesson 10 minutes early and go over the questions.

This way students who are afraid to ask questions can still ask their questions anonymously. It gives a voice to every student in the room, even to the shy ones.

3. Gather student work

Use Padlet to gather student work, all in one place. Don’t use it for ordinary homework, because all the other students can see what the others have done. Use it for articles and research on a topic.

When you let your students do some research on, for example, ‘great historical poets’, you have all the articles and research on the same place. Other students can take a look at the research of someone else as well.

When it’s international poem day, you could ask your students to post a poem they really like.

4. Online student portfolio

Use Padlet as a student portfolio tool. Create boards for every student and let them post assignments, articles and projects on it. As a teacher, you can comment on each one and give meaningful feedback.

Whenever a student finds something helpful for his portfolio, he just has to save it on his portfolio Padlet board. No more editing and printing articles.

5. Exit Ticket Padlet

Let your students answer some important exit ticket questions like “what did you learn today?”, “What didn’t you understand?” or “What questions do you still have?”.

It gets better…

Here are some other exit ticket promts your students could answer:

  • Write down three things you learned today.
  • If you had to explain today’s lesson to a friend, what would you tell him/her?
  • What question do you have about what we learned today?
  • What part of the lesson did you find most difficult?
  • What would you like me to go over again next lesson?
  • Write down two questions you would put in a quiz about today’s lesson.
  • What were the main points we covered today?
  • Did the group activity contribute to your understanding of the topic? Why?
  • Read this problem … What would be your first step in solving it?
  • I used app X extensively today. Was it helpful? Why or why not?

6. Icebreaker: 2 truths and 1 lie

Let your students post a selfie and add 2 truths and 1 lie about themselves. It’s up to the other students to find out which one is a lie. You’ll be surprised by how well students can lie!

7. End of the schoolyear: Give a compliment

Add al the headshots of your students on the Padlet board or let them add a picture. Then, everyone has to write at least one compliment as a comment beneath everbody’s picture.

This is a fun goodbye as they are going to the next year. Everyone loves compliments!

8. Graduation time

When students graduate, you would like something to remember them. What better way to let them fill in their best times as a student in your school.

Simply create a board with the question “what’s the most fun thing you did in this school?”

Other questions could be:

  • Who’s your favorite teacher? Why?
  • What would you do over again 100 times if you could?
  • What will you never forget?
  • What are the things you will miss the most?
  • What do you love the most about this school?

9. School events

When its open house in your school, you could leave a tablet at the exit point, so parents could add a post on your Padlet wall. Ask for a comment on your “guest wall”, or for their first impression of the school. You could even ask for some innovative new ideas that would make the school a better place.

10. “Thinking” maps

Use a Padlet wall for students to create various thinking maps or mind maps. You can upload a custom background to help them with the layout and they can start adding Post-it notes to a flow map, tree map, or even a circle map format.

11. Classroom communication

Familiar with the Google Classroom stream? Well, you can do the same with Padlet. Use the Padlet stream layout and communicate assignments and important lesson material to your students by adding posts to the communication stream.

You can even add some fun BookWidgets exercises in the stream.

12. parent communication

Use the same stream layout like in the classroom communication idea to communicate with parents. Enable email notifications so you receive an email whenever parents post on the Padlet wall. This way you stay on top of all the posts and potential questions.

Use the stream for fun classroom updates. Having personal conversations is not the best idea because any other parent can see them.

13. Book discussions

When the complete class has to read the same book, it’s fun to create a discussion about the characters, things people do in the book, hidden meanings, plot twists, etc. You can even let them invent a sequel to the book.

14. Prior knowledge

Try to figure out what students already know about the topic you’re about to teach. What prior knowledge do your students have about that particular topic and what don’t they know? Students just post their knowledge on Padlet, so you can see how to build your lesson.

15. Analyze a quote

Start the lesson with a quote that concerns the lesson topic. Let your students brainstorm on what the quote is about and if it has a hidden meaning or not.

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Students will start digging really deep looking for hidden meanings, even if there are none. You’ll laugh with the stories and theories they came up with!

16. Current events

To speak about current events, you could let a student add an article on the Padlet board for the next day. Every day a different student has to add another article. A fun way to go through the current events of the week.

17. Birthday wall

When its a student’s birthday you could create a Padlet wall on which every student has to write some nice birthday wishes.

You can do the same for a sick classmate. Instead of birthday wishes, you let them write some get well notes or add some nice drawings.

18. Classroom newsletter

Let your students be the reporters of the classroom newsletter. Gather all the articles and games on a Padlet board, and when it’s finished, share the link with their parents or the complete school.

19. Gather teacher feedback

Once in a while, you should ask your students for feedback. Create a Padlet wall just for that and make sure to let students comment anonymoulsy. This way they will be more honest. Don’t foget to really do something with the feedback they gave you.

20. Book Wishlist

Students may not always choose their own book to read for a book review because the teacher hasn’t read them yet. That’s a pity, because students won’t be eager to read that way.

Let your students add some books on a Padlet wishlist board. You can choose 5 books (or more if you want) that pass your inspection.

21. Suggestion box in the library

Just like with the book wishlist above, students can make some suggestions of books they want to read. The library will look into the books and purchase them if it are some good suggestions.

22. Tops and tips

Use Padlet for peer assessment. Let students add two ‘tops’ and one ‘tip’ on the Padlet wall of their fellow student who just finished his presentation.

Tops are things the student did well and a tip could be something the student should improve the next time.

23. Geocaching

For physical exercises, students have to go walking more. Let you students do some geocaching and let them post pictures of themselves and the treasure to the Padlet board. It will encourage the others to find the treasures as well.

24. Notetaking

While listening to the teacher, students can work together and add notes to a Padlet wall to create a wall with resources they can use later on.

As a teacher, you could do the same thing in staff meetings.

25. Class agenda

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Use a Padlet board to share every important date with your students so they have something to look forward to. These can be holidays and free days, field trips, school events and students' birthdays.

26. Free time funny videos

Having fun between two lessons should be allowed from time to time. Let your students add funny videos to a Padlet board. So every student can have some fun during the lesson breaks. Make sure to put in some rules and to check the videos on the wall.

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27. Complete the story

Create a story and ask students how it should continue. Students can post their ideas on the Padlet. Finally, take some of your students' ideas and complete the story. You’ll have some funny stories!

28. Event Planning

When you’re planning a field trip or a class party, you can post everything you need to think about and to arrange on a Padlet board. This can include pictures of the destination, a list of who’s bringing what, links to important websites and more.

29. Crafty ideas

Share a Padlet wall with your teacher colleagues and let them post crafty ideas for father’s day, mother’s day, valentine’s day or just for the weekly craft class. This way you get inspired by other teachers and try out new things.

30. Bookmark with Padlet mini

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Use Padlet mini to bookmark interesting articles on the internet. That way, you won’t have to search for that article or creative ideas again. Most of the times you can’t find it again anyway. Create different Padlet boards like “Classroom management ideas”, “Classroom decoration ideas”, “educational apps to try out”, etc.

So now it’s your turn! How do you use Padlet? Let us now and contribute your ideas on this Padlet.