Teacher Review For Padlet

Padlet is an easy to use tool for collecting synchronous, collaborative work.

Fay C.
Instructional Technology Resource Teacher
Hanover County Public Schools
Ashland, VA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I have used Padlet with children as young as kindergarten up through fifth grade. As a simple project, kindergarten students were able to type Mother's Day messages and upload a drawing they created. In the end, the class wall was then made available for parents to enjoy. A sample third-fifth grade project has been to have students complete research on a specific topic and share their finding on a Padlet wall. They can type information, upload images, and add links to cite their sources. We haven't run into any problems with the site. The teacher does need to be sure to set access rights and security settings as they see fit as the initial settings are not completely secure.
My Take
Padlet, at it's simpliest, is an online whiteboard, accessible from multiple computers at the same time. Best of all, it is free and an account is not necessary for use. Students can add content to the board at any time (depending how you set the security). Information added shows up instantly, allowing students to share and collaborate seamlessly. Text, images, files, and links can be added to a 'note' on the page.