What is Padlet?
Padlet is a free online notice board which allows you to create online boards where you can add notes which can include text, images, audio, video and web links. You can share these boards for others to view or contribute to and there are a number of privacy settings which allow you to require a password to access it, make public or keep private to yourself. Padlets can be edited via a laptop or via the Padlet app on a tablet or smartphone. You can also download and save a version of the Padlet board in order to store it for later reference.
Why would I use Padlet with my students?
- To collect questions from students during a live lecture or teaching session, where you can respond to these in order to clarify key learning points.
- To gather feedback from students about a session in order to gain an idea of how they are experiencing learning on your module or programme.
- Create a series of boards which are then used by groups to collate and present information they have gathered during a research task.
- Get students to create a digital poster featuring key information, videos and clickable links for formative or summative assessment.
How do I use Padlet with my students?
- Create a Padlet account (although you don’t need to do this, it is useful in order to take advantage of the additional features).
- Create a Padlet board (add some content to help get your students started).
- Share the board with your students.
- Encourage students to add content to the boards.
- Review the board at the end of a session or at a later date.
Padlet is listed on the University Software Whitelist which provides recommendations based on these products meeting internal and external governance requirements such as Data Protection, Freedom of Information and Information Security.
- Padlet is available via a computer or tablet/smartphone.
- Images will not have alternative text added. For this reason students should be instructed to add a description, on the Padlet note, for any pictures which contain information and are not purely decorative.
- Audio and video may not have transcripts of sound (unless students have been instructed to provide this as an attachment to the Padlet note).
- Video may not have captions for audio content (unless these have been added to the video before it was posted on the Padlet wall).