Padlet: Fast, easy, collaborative writing and sharing
I’ve recently started using Padlet, a website that provides an instant online wall on which users can post pieces of text just by double-clicking anywhere on the wall and then typing. It’s definitely a low-threshold application–an instructor doesn’t need to spend more than five minutes learning how to use it, unless they want to learn all its features.
Padlet could also be a useful tool for students doing group projects, in or out of class.
Here’s how to get started:
- Go to http://www.padlet.com
- Sign up for a free account
- Click on Build a Wall
- Optional: Click on the Gear icon to give your Padlet wall a name and description, set privacy settings, and choose a different URL and background image or wallpaper
- Share the URL of your Padlet wall with students or collaborators
- Visitors just double-click to put their contributions on the wall. They can add links, files, and images to posts as well.
The image feature means that Padlet can be used like a mini-portfolio–Padlet has a gallery with beautiful examples of what you can do with this tool.
Richard Byrne created a nice video for the Free Technology for Teachers blog:
I’ve found Padlet easy and fun to use.