How I Use It
Padlet has a number of great uses. In my current position I use it for Professional Development, as a back channel for communication. If I have a specified amount of time to cover my material I will use this "digital cork board" for teachers and other professionals to post questions and comments without having to interrupt the flow of the training. At the end of the professional development session I will review all of the questions from Padlet and answer each question individually. The trainee's seem to prefer it this way, so it does not interrupt the understanding of the content.
I have also used Padlet in the classroom with students as a collaboration tool. Students have the ability to visually collaborate with their peers. Students enjoyed using this with the various activities I incorporated it into. It is important for teachers to monitor their student use on this website because there is not any built-in filtering.
Padlet is a great resource and can be used in many learning opportunities. It is great for collaboration and a great place to post ideas, questions, concerns, etc. I would caution using it with students, unless you are monitoring the board as they are posting. I would not allow it to be a back channel for students like I would for teachers in a professional training. The students would become distracted with the tool, and may become inappropriate if you are not monitoring their posts. There is an option to approve posts before they are posted, but that defeats the purpose of using it as a collaboration resource. In addition, this is not a stand-alone lesson, it is a lesson enhancer, and should be used as such.