Have you ever tried to collaborate with students/teachers quickly? Then try out Padlet! Padlet is an online bulletin board that allows people to discuss and express their thoughts openly. However that is not its only use. It can be used for a plethora of things, such as open ended questions, poster boards, a tool to post facts, media and assignments, etc.
- Go to Padlet (padlet.com) and sign into padlet or create a new account by clicking the “sign up” bubble in the center of the page.
- Create your Padlet. Click the “New Padlet” icon in the top right of your home page on Padlet. Your padlet is where you post all your media and images for whatever purpose you are wanting to achieve.
- Start to post on your padlet. To post you need to click the + bubble icon in the bottom right corner of your newly created padlet.
- Add to you post! You have multiple options when doing so.
- Write something.. Anything you want
- Add a link
- Add a file
- Add an image or take a picture using your webcam (if you have such luxury)
Things to Know About Padlet
There are two versions of padlet. The free version which is what this blog is based off of. Then there are three premium versions that all are $5.00 per month we a free thirty day trial. The Padlet Backpack (for schools), Padlet Briefcase (for businesses), and Padlet Jetpack (for individuals).
Using Google Classroom
There are ways to incorporate padlet into your google classroom if you are google dependent. You have purchased the PREMIUM version then you are able to share or import your padlet onto google classroom. If you have the FREE version then you can just simply post the url link onto classroom.
If you have the Backpack version of Padlet, Under SHARE you’ll have access to Google Classroom button in the Share/Export/Embed section of the padlet. (Link to these steps are here: http://jn.padlet.com/article/242-how-to-post-and-share-a-padlet-in-google-classroom)
A window will pop up that allows direct access to your Google Classroom account. Just pick a class, action and select Go
The next pop up page allows for you to write comments about the post and option to ‘Post‘ or ‘Save as draft‘
Here is what the Padlet would look like as an assignment on google classroom.
Only use one Padlet for one topic. For example don’t be talking about mac ‘n’ cheese on one padelt and be talking about combustion engines on the same padlet, split it up!
Make you padlet very colorful! Try to catch the eye of your viewer by making things multicolored. Staring at a grey screen doesn’t seem very fun.
Padlet is a very useful tool for allowing students and teachers to collaborate easily. Not only does it help teachers out by quickly hearing from multiple students but it could be an alternative for some of the google apps (classroom, slides, etc.)
Tyler Howell – Student
Tyler Howell (@thowellhelpdesk) is a senior at Ash Grove High School in southwest Missouri. He is currently involved with a plethora of extracurricular activities including: FBLA, FCCLA, Track & Field, and currently a captain of the football team. Tyler loves helping out students with the google apps. He enjoys using the google applications to assist him in his school work also.