1. Create an account
Go to www.padlet.com and click the Sign-up button in the top right corner and enter your account details.
Once logged in you will be taken to the Padlet home page whereby you have the following menus:
- Dashboard – displays any recent activity and any updates on new or existing Padlets.
- Padlets - displays all the Padlet walls you have created.
- Activity – lists all the creations, edits and deletions that have taken place in your walls.
- Attachments – see a list of files and links that are associated with your walls.
- Collaborators – displays all the people who have contributed to your Padlet walls.
- Settings – change your avatar, name, email, username, language as well as adding some information about yourself.
3.1 Select your layout
The most flexible layout allowing you to insert connectors to connect posts. This is good useful option for brainstorming, process flows, flowcharts, organisation charts or to create a mindmap.
Posts are arranged in a vertical stream in chronological order (newest at the top and oldest at the bottom) similar to how you view posts on various social media platforms.
This layout is good for blog posts, websites, video/music playlists or gathering feedback.
Posts are arranged in boxes of equal width and space apart to make them more organised.
Grid is useful when you want to post visual content in a particular order such as for digital storytelling, story boarding and noticeboards.
Please note that you can change the wall layout unlimited number of times retrospectively.
In addition to the blank layouts you also have the choice to select from a range templates that you can customise:
Once you have selected the layout your wall is created and you are automatically taken to the Modify wall menu. Here you will be able to amend the following:
Title – name of your Padlet
Description – provide information or instructions about your Padlet.
Icon – select an icon or upload your own to symbolise what this Padlet is about.
Posting – decide if you wish to display the contributors' names above each post, allow viewers to respond to posts and where you would like new posts to appear.
Tags – make the Padlet easier to search for.
Address – either use the auto created URL for your Padlet or create your own URL link (recommended).
Once you have updated the options as required click the Next button:
3.3 Privacy settings
Under the People and Privacy menu you have the following options for your wall:
Password protected – in order to access your Padlet wall the visitor will need to enter your password.
Secret – not visible in search engines or public areas and can only be accessed by those who have the link.
Public – anyone can access your wall and it will appear in searches.
Under the above options you have another setting to specify what level of access visitors have once they navigate to your wall. By default this is set to Can write.
3.3.3 Advanced – allows you to specify if you want to moderate posts to your wall and allow other users to be able to copy your wall as a template.
To add content double click anywhere on the wall. Within the text box enter a title and message. The message box also allows you to add a web URL, upload content from your computer or take a picture from your webcam.
Click anywhere outside the text box to save your post.
Click on the three dots to see all available options including the ability to change the wall layout (Change format):
This allows you to review your privacy settings again (see 3.3) as well as offering you options to share, export and embed your wall:
7 Embed your Padlet wall into a Moodle course
This will display the HTML code you will need to copy:
7.1 Embed your Padlet wall into Moodle
In this following example we will add the Padlet wall to a label.
7.2. Click on the Add an activity or resource under the section you wish to insert your Padlet wall. Then select Label, and click Add.
- Icebreakers – post an icebreaker question on a wall and invite students to get to know one another and build community.
- Inquiry – before starting course, ask students to post questions they have about the topic.
- Previous knowledge – ask students to brainstorm everything they know about a topic before they begin studying it.
- Predictions – allow students to predict the outcome of something, e.g. an election outcome.
- Context clues – post a picture of a person, culturally significant scene or moment from history and ask students to explore and discuss context clues.
- Vocabulary development – post words on the wall and ask students to collaboratively add definitions, synonyms and pictures to help all students better understand the vocabulary.
- Label – post a picture of a cell, piece of art work, or map and ask students to label the parts with names and information.
- Exit– find out what students learned and what areas they are unsure about.
- Brainstorming – a class can be asked to collect and share ideas about a given topic.
- Portfolio - students can use it as portfolio where they display their best work.
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