How I Use It
We used padlet with a group of graduate library science students--and learned some really good lessons along the way. It is fairly easy to set up boards, but setting up multiple boards can be time consuming--especially because I have not found a way to copy boxes from one board to the next. You just have to keep remaking the same box over and over if you have multiple boards for an assignment. Unless you are signed in, you can only modify the content for 24 hours. SO, either make the boards less than 24 hours before your class, or sign in and create an account. Multiple people can be posting to the same padlet at once, which is really helpful especially if doing projects outside of class with small groups. Everyone is accountable for his/her own contribution and it is easily visible. With a little more practice and possible tweaks by the developers, I think this would be an amazing tool for many different projects.
In our lesson small groups were posting their insights gained from out of class experiences to share with the whole group. Ideally, we would have shared each padlet on the big screen for everyone to see and on which to base our discussion. But, the hiccups we encountered at first (lack of editing rights after 24 hours) affected our time frame and students were encouraged to visit the individual group sites on their own to see what else their classmates had posted. The next time we use this program should be a much smoother and rewarding process.
Padlet is a very easy to use program that allows you to create boards on which students can post information. Think virtual cork board.
The boards are customizable with layout freedom, different backgrounds, fonts, etc.
In the boxes you create by double clicking on the wall, you can add text, upload documents, or provide links to web based content.
Helpful features: The walls can also be made private, password protected, with hidden links, or public. You can add users by entering their email address or sharing the padlet address with them—you can use the automatically generated address or create your own. You can even sign up to have notifications sent to you when someone posts on the wall. And, you can moderate posts to approve them before they appear on the wall. You can also use it across a variety of devices.
The good and the bad: The best part of this feature is that you can have small groups collaborate from multiple machines without needing to connect through email addresses—and they can see all of the content. Simply share the padlet address with your group. They can post new boxes to the wall, but will be unable to alter those already created. If you want to give your students more control of the padlet, you will need to add them via an email address.
Downsides: Changes to the wall can only be made within the first 24 hours if you are not signed in. If you decide to create a login, you have control over your wall after that time period.