How I Use It
Often use Padlet a tool for students to do curation work on topics of interest. I use this tool with a lesson on website evaluation as students can easily curate websites and evaluate them within one 'post' on a shared Padlet page. As a collaborative class activity, each student can add a website that they have evaluated. We might then review and evaluate curated sites in small groups to reinforce how to evaluate web sources. The curated page may serve as an introductory lesson to a new unit/topic in any subject area.
I have used Padlet for years and love the ease of its use. I appreciate that there are simple controls provided to limit who may interact with a page. Recently, they have added premium features - classroom features, student tracking, more privacy choices, etc... I find that the free version is still robust enough to create quick collaborative spaces for a learning community to interact with while providing enough privacy and moderation controls. I also find that students often select Padlet for their own projects.