Padlet has been around for a while and anyone who has used Wallwisher before will be happy to know it is the same
What is Padlet?
Padlet is a blank space where students can write on a shared screen and read each other’s comments. As soon as students have written something it will show up on the screen, giving immediate feedback on what they understand, or are yet to grasp. Similar ideas can be grouped together or the best can be highlighted for all to see. It isn’t just text, students can share but photos, weblinks, documents, even videos. If it can be uploaded it can be shared!
How to get set up?
Using any device go to the Padlet website and fill in a few details. It is possible to produce a blank wall without providing details but if you want to customise the background or give some reading tasks beforehand then preparation time will be needed. However, if short on time produce a blank ‘pad’ and get students to follow a link via an email or a shared page. Alternatively it is possible to type the URL, however it is easy to make mistakes and it may take some time for slow typists. For edtech enthusiasts there is also a QR code. I can see most people using the web version of Padlet but for tablets and smart phones users there are also android and iOS apps.
A blank pad waiting to be filled with ideas.
How do you use Padlet?
It is really easy to navigate from a users prospective, and just involves adding content to the text box shown in the picture above. At this point be cautious of children making random comments, it can fun but becomes a joke if not taken seriously. Ensure students write their names before they post and be prepared to delete anything not relevant.
Task to complete using Padlet could be: summarising learning before a test, make predictions for a science practical, collect ideas about how a character feels in a book or writing about the weekend in French. This list is endless but more ideas for how to use Padlet are shown in the images below. Choose what suits you and your lessons best, try out Padlet using the following link or head over to the ICT evangelist for a more detailed commentary.
And don’t forget to share any tips on how you use Padlet in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Writing book reviews in English
Making timelines in History.
Sharing resources in Biology.