Padlet Review

November 9, 2016
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Padlet is a free virtual wall, a paper for your screen. Start with an empty page and then put whatever you like on it, you can note down ideas, or digital contents concerning a topic, or set up a multimedia lesson or realize a brainstorming or a cooperative learning at school, a virtual block notes. It is a multi-platform App for iPad, tablet, computer, smartphone.

HOW I USE IT
Once you enter with your account clicking the top right icon “+2 a new dashboard will open, it is a virtual wall where double clicking, you can put virtual post that can contain texts, links, images, videos, maps and different kinds of documents. Selecting the option “privacy” every wall you create can be seen only by you or by others, in addition you can choose whether visitors can only see or write as well. If you want to check the visitors’ post you can tick the option “moderate post” and decide if they can be shown in the dashboard. You can personalize your virtual wall setting the wallpaper, inserting a title, a description, an image, you can also share it through the best known social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+) and export it as pdf, png, excel. In your personal home page through the tool bar you can choose:

DASHBOARD: a snapshot of all the latest and greatest padle
PADLET: a list of the padlet created and shared
ACTIVITY: the best saved works
FILES AND LINKS: all the files created and the links added
COLLABORATORS: those who cooperated with your padlet
SETTINGS: your account and profile settings.

MY VERDICT
For teaching and learning purposes, it can be useful to encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing around particular topics for face-to-face, online activities or both. Padlet can also be used for activities that usually require butcher’s paper or sticky notes, except the virtual wall can immediately gather and store valuable ideas for future reference. It can be used to complement activities that require students to discuss ideas during or outside class time, bring their own point of view, share content and show how they work through problems. The ability to capture, store and share this information in a variety of formats can help students reflect on the learning journey and provide academic staff with valuable qualitative information.

I give Padlet a solid four out of five lion paws.

Four Paws

 

 

Text: Cinzia Vagnoni
Translation: Matilde Di Silvestre
Photo: Stockpic.com (CC0 Public Domain)

2 Comments

  1. Hi! I agree completely with your Padlet review! It is a great tool to boost collaboration and to stimulate enthusiasm. It is also a great tool to do brainstorming with your students in class or with teachers from other countries.

    I would also like to recommend another, similar digital tool that I discovered recently: Mural (http://mural.co). Mural is completely free of charge, so you should definitely check it out.

    /Erik

  2. First of all, thank you for a good review!

    I have tested Padlet in class a couple of times, though with mixed results. I first used it in a social studies class were I introduced a subject for the students to discuss, and while they did the talking, I wrote down the most interesting questions or important points from the discussion on Padlet. The students could see the Padlet “wall” while discussing, which (hopefully) encouraged them to focus on the subject and to participate. Then I could just share the link to the specific Padlet with students that had missed the discussion, or with the whole class if we were going to use the discussion for other classroom activities later on.

    Another idea was to use Padlet as an exit ticket at the end of a class. I would usually ask them to record their progress with a few words. But this gave mixed results. Some Students would take the opportunity to share what they had done during the class, while others would take the opportunity to do mischief, for instance: uploading awkward pictures of classmates or copying great chunks of text, in an attempt to crash the wall.

    However, it is still a useful tool and I definitely recommend it!

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