Padlet allows you to create an online bulletin board that can be shared with peers, friends, family, and more to make collaborating fun and easy. Padlet, in a sense, is the higher education version of Pinterest. You can add pictures, videos, links, texts, and more to your boards. Along with creating “boards”, Padlet gives you the option to create KWL charts, organizational charts, and areas to bookmark content. It is available for iOS and Android devices and for use in a web browser. Our post will focus on the web browser version.
First, navigate to www.padlet.com in the web browser of your choosing. You will see the screen below where you can create a free account or login to an existing account.
Once you have logged in, the next screen will offer to walk you through a brief tutorial on how to use Padlet and what you can use it for. In the top-right corner, you have the option to skip the tutorial.
If you wanted to purchase additional themes, a custom domain, and more, you have the option to purchase the JetPack. Padlet in its free state is already great, so you can choose the ‘upgrade later’ option in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Next, you will see the screen where the creativity begins! You can choose to ‘+ make a padlet’, ‘join a collaboration, or view the gallery of padlets created by other users. We will focus on getting started with our own bulletin board.
When getting started, you will need to decide what format you want to use. This will depend on your goals for using this particular padlet and how you want your information to be displayed. We chose to create a wall for the post.
The second step to making your bulletin board work for you in Padlet is deciding on the type of content you want to display. If you want to collect resources for an assignment, the “bookmarks” option may be best or if you want to create a task list for a group project, you can choose the “Kanban board”. We chose to create a “Moodboard”.
Once the basics for the board have been chosen, you can add your personal touch. You can edit the title and choose a background from the menu that will appear to the right of the screen.
Next, you can choose your privacy settings? Do you want this board to private and only for you? Do users need a password to view? Do you want to make it public? In addition, this menu will allow you to share the board and add collaborators.
Once you have selected and saved your final setting, the board will appear, as shown in the picture below.
Now, you can begin to populate content! In the bottom-right corner, you will see a pink circle with a “+” symbol. This allows you to drag files from your computer, paste items from your computer’s clipboard, or create something original directly in Padlet to add to your bulletin board.
In addition to choosing the option to “+” content, you can click on one of the empty shapes on the board and being to type. You can see in the picture below where we were drafting the mission of the Digital Education Collaborative.
Once that is done, we decided to add a picture to this note. You can see the final view below.
Once your bulletin board is complete, you can share it or change the settings using the menu located at the top of the screen.
In the Classroom
Padlet can be used to collaborate for group brainstorming, collecting research topics, providing resources for an assignment or topic, outlining a large paper or project, and so much more. It is an easy and unique way for students to collaborate and share their work with professors or other peers.
If you would like to learn more about Padlet or have trouble duplicating the steps below, please visit the Digital Education Collaborative (136 Ruffner Hall) or contact us directly if you have additional questions.