Padlet is a fantastic online tool for communication, collaboration, and formative assessment. Now students who use iPads will have instant access to Padlet walls you create for them through the Padlet iPad app, and you’ll be able to create new walls for students in a snap.
How Does Padlet Work?
Padlet is like a digital bulletin board. Once your Padlet wall is created, you provide access to students so that they can post comments, images, videos and/or links on the Padlet wall. Among other ideas, Padlet can be used for
- quick formative assessment of student understanding
- crowdsourcing of information around a topic
- Project GLAD Observation Charts
- Response to a question or comment
Upon logging into Padlet, you will see your Dashboard. The image below identifies the different icons for you. Tap on one of your current Padlet walls to view the contents or Choose “New Padlet” in the upper left-hand corner to get started. You’ll notice the “Open” command at the top right– this is to scan a QR code or type in the URL for someone else’s Padlet wall.
If you do tap the Open button, the below image is what you will see. Students also see this screen when they launch the app and choose “Continue as Guest.” Tap “Scan QR Code” or just type in the URL on the line provided.
Once you do open or create a Padlet wall, you will see that the controls are *almost* identical to those that you see on the Web version. The biggest difference is the share button– that’s found at the bottom of the iPad screen.
To add content to your own wall, double tap anywhere on the wall or tap the plus sign in the bottom right-hand corner. If you want to add a link, photo, image, video, or any other type of link to your post, tap one of the icons at the bottom of the little post box.
When you are ready to share your wall, tap the share button at the bottom to see the various ways you can provide your students access to the wall.
If you want to feel good about yourself, tap on the “Me” icon at the bottom of the dashboard for a little treat. In addition to the warm fuzzy feeling you’ll get inside, you’ll also be able to change your profile by tapping on the settings gear in the upper left.
Students can use the Padlet app without having an account. They will be able to access any Padlet walls by typing in the URL or scanning the QR code directly within the app by choosing “Continue as Guest,” but they will not be able to create their own walls. Also, if students tap on the settings gear at the bottom of the screen, it will appear as if they are able to make changes to the visual appearance of the Padlet wall. These changes only appear on the students’ own iPad and not on the Padlet wall itself. This allows students to customize their own view of of the Padlet wall but it does not interfere with what you have created.
Common Core Connection
Using Padlet can address many of the Common Core State Standards. Of course, this depends on the questions you ask and how you employ Padlet as a tool in the classroom. For example, at the end of a lesson or a class period, a Padlet wall could be created that asks students to discuss their learning from that day. They might be asked to post an image of their understanding, a video they’ve found that illustrates the standard they are working on, or a link to their work from the day. This quick formative assessment can be used to determine student needs for the following day. Additionally, Padlet allows students to communicate and collaborate quickly and easily using these spaces that you provide for them.
What Do You Think?
Have you used the Padlet app with students yet? What do you think of the app versus the online version?