Many have discovered the benefits of using the Padlet to gather ideas. Padlet is so easy to use, and it looks inviting and just lovely. One of the best things is that you don't need to log in to use it. The person who created the Padlet simply sends a link to everyone who will be using it. In other words, it's perfectly GDPR-safe to use!
Because Padlet is a popular tool, many have been invited as users at some point. As a user, you get a link and when you click it you are taken to a page that looks a bit like a bulletin board. You may collect ideas in a way that is somewhat similar to post-it notes.
Depending on how the Padlet is set from the beginning, users can comment, like and even change the other users' notes. One particular advantage of Padlet compared to other similar tools is that it allows you to add images and links to the collection.
Create a Padlet
To create a Padlet, just visit padlet.com and log in. You can use your regular Google accounts, so you don't need to spread any personal information. If you are not a paying member, you can have a maximum of five boards simultaneously, but on the other hand, you may use all five without any restrictions. To get started, you click "create new". It is a good thing to think a while of what you want the users to do in your Padlet. You may create boards where the material is placed in perfect rows, boards where the users can post and move material as they please, excellent timelines and even maps. It is worth the time to consider before choosing which type of board that will be perfect for the occasion.
The timeline Padlet
The timeline is very easy to use and it works for everything where things are to be listed one after the other. You can make it as long as you want, and it is easy to create new post-its between the ones that are already there to make it more detailed. It works top-notch to illustrate anything from history to different processes or project plans. The one in the image below was made for my students when they were studying literature history. It's in Swedish, but you'll get the picture (literally!).
The Post-it Padlet
The post-it board, or canvas as Padlet calls it, is the most flexible board to use. All the notes are collected precisely where the user places them and you may create and move the post-its around easily, just as if they had been actual post-it notes. One problem with this board is that it will appear differently depending on the user's screen, which means that there is no point in putting the notes in a specific order. They will appear differently anyway, depending on the user's screen.
A Padlet with a map
The map option is excellent for anything that has to do with different places. Students can write about places they have researched, or you can place different authors or other famous people on the map. When the students are to use the board, they write the name of the place first of all and Padlet will place the text at the right spot on the map.
A paddle with neat columns
A more organized alternative of the canvas board is the one that Padlet calls "Shelf". The posts appear in neat columns, and each column can be given a label. This board can be used for almost anything. I have, among other things, used it to list characteristics of various new religious movements and to work with the Chamber's popular model in a book project.
How do I invite others to my Padlet?
When your Padlet is ready and all the settings are correct, it's time to invite the guests. Start by pressing the small gear at the top right and go all the way down the list to set whether visitors should be able to comment and/or like the posts. You can also choose to filter profanity that will make naughty words turn into friendly emojis, a feature that is brilliant if you do not look at your Padlet every day.
Now everything is done and your Padlet is ready to use! Share your Padlet by sending the link to everyone who should participate, or share it easily in the Google Classroom. Everyone will think that you are super talented !! 😃
I am the technician who became a librarian, but who got tired of the quiet and peaceful life at the library and started working as a teacher. I brought with me everything I knew about databases, information retrieval and networks and soon I was an ICT-educator. Today, I work as a teacher at Komvux in Norrköping.
I have always had a nerdy great interest in technology. I can find interest in everything from robots to model railroads or the steel industry of the industrial revolution. Technology should take us forward and prevent us from everything boring. You need to dare to be somewhat lazy and ask yourself if there is no easier way to get something done. The human desire to get away is what has driven the technical development and find time for other things. Like model railroads, for instance!
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