A top Web 2.0 tool – Padlet
Padlet is basically a digital noticeboard.
If I had to choose my top Web 2.0 tools, Padlet would be up there. If you haven’t found it yet, just click on this link. You can start creating straight away, or sign up (it’s free) to have all your Padlets saved.
Their tag line is ‘the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world’. I am inclined to agree.
I continue to find new ways of using Padlet, after I’ve explained a bit about it, I will share my most recent one (it is work related, though I’ve also done one for our next holiday… I like Padlet a lot).
Here’s a few basics:
- Whether you choose to sign up (which — as I’ve said — is free), or create straight away, you begin with a blank canvas.
- Each new padlet has a unique URL, which can be shared either by email for anyone to start typing.
- Converting the URL into a QR code if you use tablets, is a quick way of students accessing it (see photo below).
- You can enter content by double tapping the screen — you can then add text or attachments, uploads or take a photo (if there is camera access).
Why I like it
I have seen Padlet used as a collaborative response tool, where pairs or small groups enter text which everyone can see and respond to, or reflect upon, and the authors are known. But I have also seen Padlet used as an anonymous response tool. I think one of the huge benefits of Web 2.0 tools is that contributions can be shared but the author / creator doesn’t necessarily have to be apparent. For students who are less confident at sharing their thoughts and ideas, I think this is a wonderful reason to use Web 2.0.
I also like the fact that you can easily export. I have seen Padlet used as a tool for gathering responses from students, which the head then wanted to see, so the teacher was able to export them as an Excel document.
Lastly, I like that the potential uses of Padlet are as creative as you want to be, and certainly not limited to any one area of the curriculum: it could be used as formative assessment to see what students know before starting a topic; it could also be used after working on a topic, as a form of summative assessment or perhaps as an answer to a big question that calls on knowledge from previous work. Great for any work on PSHE, British values, Citizenship and more.
Features of Padlet:
- You can customise the background, which is called wallpaper.
- You can change the privacy settings and what people can do when they receive the link.
- You can set responses / uploads to come in randomly over the Padlet, as a grid or as a stream — so they will appear in one column in the order they were entered.
- You can export content as an image, PDF, Excel document or CSV file.
- You can easily email or print the Padlet.
Here is an example of the random layout with just text entered
This example shows the layout set to stream, so you can monitor more easily when content is coming in — this could help with an element of competitiveness.
This example is different from the above; as it shows the different types of content you can enter or upload.
As you can see, I’ve changed the wallpaper for each of these Padlets, you can also upload your own photo.
The menu over on the left (which you can see on the vertical black bar in the image below) is where you change layout, privacy, wallpaper, etc. and where you can export.
As mentioned at the beginning, here is the link to a Padlet I created to demonstrate the different ways we support teachers at Discovery Education NB the link does not say Padlet as I’ve used a URL shortener – if you’re new to this, check out the previous post
Here are some links for further exploration of Padlet
We would love to hear from you about how you have used Padlet, please use the comment box below.