Welcome to Fluco Toolbox, a series of posts that showcases potential edtech tools for the Fluvanna County classroom. Each post will discuss the tool, the type of problems it can help solve, and how it can be used in the classroom. If you’re a Fluvanna County staff member and want to learn more about using the tool in your own classroom, please schedule to see your ITRT and we will develop professional development based around your needs. If you’ve stumbled upon this post and you’re not part of the district, no worries! Feel free to use the information provided to jumpstart your own research.
Have you ever wanted a way to gather student input on a question or idea as part of a lesson, as though it were a digital board to collaborate on? Did you want students to not only be able to give a text response, but be able to add images, video, audio, and more?
Today’s Fluco Toolbox tool is: Padlet
First, the basics:
Name: Padlet (Formally Wallwisher)
Cost: Free and Paid plans
Problem this tool solves: Gives users a digital bulletin board where classrooms can collaborate on discussion topics or create personal bulletin boards.
Padlet is a handy little digital bulletin board tool. It’s a great way for teachers to gather answers to discussion questions, or to use to let groups collaborate and brainstorm ideas. If you already use other tools in the classroom, such as hyperdocs, then you may have already heard of this tool. If not, take a closer look below!
Update 4/9/18: Padlet has recently changed their plans. Users who sign up have 3 Padlets to work with for free. They can only have 3 active at a time. The Backpack plan is for schools and teachers, and is $1500 per school, or $99 annually per teacher, or $12 monthly per teacher.
First, create an account on the site. If you’re part of a Google district, good news! You can quickly join the site, as it connects to your Google account. Once logged in, you are taken to your home dashboard. If you’re a new user, it will be blank. If not, you’ll see any created Padlets:
On the home page, you’ll want to click “Make a Padlet”. The next screen will ask you to choose a layout or template. There are some very basic layouts, and some templates to choose from as well. Not sure what you want? Click the preview link beside each option.
Once you’ve made your choice, your Padlet will be displayed on the next screen. A random wallpaper will have been applied, but don’t worry because you can change that, along with a few other things. A random title and description will have also been applied.
Now, you should change the title and description to suit your needs. Typically, the description might give directions for the activity, or pose a question. Choose a wallpaper (there are many), and even an icon to go with your Padlet.
On the next page, security options for your Padlet are presented. If you don’t want anyone but your class to find the Padlet, the “Secret” option would be best. No one can access it unless they have the link. Choose what those who access the Padlet can do, add any contributors, and even choose whether or not new posts need to be moderated first.
That’s it! Your new Padlet is ready to go and be used with students.
Need ideas for how to use Padlet with students? Here are some ideas:
- Bell ringer- Create a discussion question for students to ponder and have them provide an answer.
- Prediction board- Have students predict the outcome of an event or story, then later return and explain what really happened
- Brainstorm board- Have students brainstorm ideas for a project or activity.
- Resources board- Have students share resources they find on a topic with all of their classmates.
- Exit ticket – Create a board that poses a question or two and use to access students’ learning at the end of class
The ideas are endless. What will you create with your Padlet?