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What is Padlet (formally Wallwisher)?

  • Padlet is a virtual wall that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device.
  • Click here to view Bulldog Tech Challenge #7 | Padlet

Key Features

  • Customize the wall title and description.
  • Customize the background (wallpaper).
  • Choose how posts appear on the wall.
    • Option 1 | Freeform: posts can be put anywhere and can be re-sized freely.
    • Option 2 | Stream: posts are placed one below the other.
    • Option 3 | Grid-like: posts are placed in a grid-like format.
  • Privacy Features
    • Visibility: allows you to customize how public you want the wall to be (i.e., completely private, password protected, hidden link (hidden from Google and public areas of Wallwisher), and/or totally public). This is a great enhancement to the tool, particularly for educators!
    • Moderate posts: requires you to approve posts before they show up not he wall for other readers. Again, this is a great enhancement to the tool as it allows educators to moderate student comments.

Expectations for Acceptable Use

  • Before using this tool with students, it is essential to outline expectations for acceptable posts and provide specific examples of unacceptable posts.
  • Share the consequences for unacceptable posts.
  • Set specific rules on how students name themselves when adding a post. If students aren’t comfortable providing their real first name, have them create “pen names.” Create a list of these names so you can monitor student progress.

Tutorial

  • Click here to download a basic tutorial or view the document embedded below. For tutorials showcasing more advanced features, visit the Padlet Knowledge Base.

Integration Ideas

  • Explore the image shared below for ideas from the creators of Padlet.
Integration Ideas
Image courtesy of Padlet

  • Other Integration Ideas:
    • Professional Development (I.e., have teachers ask questions prior to a session or complete a ticket-to-leave at the conclusion of a session)
    • Pose an Open-ended Question to Students/Faculty and Elicit Multiple Responses (The benefit of using padlet when posing a question is that all feedback is immediately gathered. Using padlet also allows all participants to see the feedback.)
    • Reflection (I.e., Have students share video reflections or field trip reflections)
    • Brainstorm and Collect Ideas
    • Pre-assessment
    • Bell-ringer
    • Ticket-to-leave
    • Summation tool
  • Have an integration idea of your own? Add it to the wall embedded below.
    • Three things to remember:
      • You can only edit and delete notes you create but not those created by others.
      • You can move your note(s) but the wall creator has the ability to re-position and re-organize notes, too.
      • Each note is limited to 150 characters.

Padlet in Action

  • Here are three examples shared by DEN Star Donna Criswell (Thanks, Donna).
    • This example showcases how Padlet can be used during a professional development session.
    • This example showcases how Padlet can be used to gather thoughts/ideas/reflections.
    • This example showcases how Padlet can be used as part of a vocabulary lesson with students.
  • This example and this example showcase how Padlet can be used in a math classroom.
  • This example showcases how Padlet can be used as a resource sharing wall.

Additional Resources

  • "Padlet: A Blank Slate to Collaborate with Others" --> Click here to read this terrific write-up on Padlet
  • "32 Interesting Ways to use Padlet in the Classroom" --> Click here to view this great presentation by Tom Barrett
  • "105 Classroom Ideas" --> Click here to view this terrific list of integration ideas.
  • "Padlet" --> Click here to view a write-up by Teachinghistory.org. This write-up includes great integration ideas for social studies teachers.
  • Richard Byrne (Free Technology for Teachers) created a terrific guide to backchanneling and informal assessment that features Socrative, TodaysMeet, and Padlet. Click here to view the document. The document contains ideas and tutorials for using each tool.