Q. How do I use Padlet for teaching?
Padlet is a versatile and intuitive virtual post board that can be shared with your students either in class or as an extension to their learning.
The most common uses for teaching and learning currently are:
- Discussion board; the tutor poses a question and all students respond.
- Class blog; for sharing research, feedback, or questions about an assignment.
- Group portfolio; students post their work in progress for peer review eg. Moodboard.
- Group exercise; teams are given different themes to research and record their findings on a padlet, then share with the whole class in a face to face presentation.
For inspiration see these (external) links:
Key benefits of Padlets are:
- Highly visual and intuitive collaborative tool that supports the University's pedagogic approach of 'Active Blended Learning'.
- Enhanced features in the Backback licence (site licence) include; ability to create unlimited Padlets, arrange Padlets into folders, and technical support for all users.
- Uses can collaborate in a variety of ways; including image, audio, and video, these help to foster an environment that is rich with shared resources.
- Linked documents can be uploaded and viewed within Padlet, so users don't have to download them, making Padlet an ideal platform for students to share their work with staff and peers. (250mb storage per item upload limit.)
- Different Padlet types: Wall, Canvas, Stream, Grid, Shelf, Backchannel are suited to a variety of uses - for example 'Canvas' posts can be arranged and linked making this template ideal for 'mind mapping'.
- Padlet updates in real time - no need to refresh the brower to see changes.
- Flexible collaboration - students, staff can collaborate with professionals, schools, students from other institutions such as erasmus without the requirement for everyone to have a NILE login.
Security / Privacy Recommendations
When you set up a Padlet you are asked to choose the privacy settings, we recommend you choose 'Secret', so that once the link has been shared in NILE all users will be able to join the session anonmyously.
Only users with the link will be able to view your Padlet. However this is not secure as other users may guess the link code, or your students may share the link outside of the classroom.
You may therefore wish to only use 'secret' Padlets for formative e-tivities with your students and take care not to ask your students to share personal details such as their name, location, medical history etc. You may also wish to change the privacy settings of your Padlets at a later date.
How to use Padlet - This short introductory video to Padlet shows how to create a simple Padlet and add posts.
How to share Padlet - Click here for our guide - 'How do I share my Padlet in NILE?'
Padlet provides the ability to log in to the Service with your Microsoft account. by connecting in this method, you grant them access to your email address, and, if available, your name, photo, and username associated with them. They do not receive your password.
Public padlets give Padlet, the right to view, share, and promote the content on them. Any content you post on a public padlet is also indexable by search engines and, as such, is open to the public.
When you collaborate with other people, they can see your profile photo, name, and username. Padlet does not sell or rent your personal information to any third-party for any purpose.
See here for Padlet Terms of service
Deleted Padlets - info supplied by Padlet.
Padlets deleted are unrecoverable. When padlets are missing, they are, 99% of the time, just in a different account so we (Padlet) can help track and search for the padlets.
If the University decides to cancel subscription, padlets will not be lost. Teachers can just request for their padlets to be moved back to their vanilla accounts.
Email Padlet - Email for support.
Backpack Licence - The University of Northampton has purchased a full Padlet 'Backpack' (site) licence for one year 2018/19 - we need your feedback please, to put forward a case for it's continued licensing. Please provide your comments within our NILE Padlet Community site.