App of the month – Padlet

For July 2017, the featured app is Padlet.

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What is it?

Padlet is a free webapp that acts as an virtual board to put up all your digital files including notes, images, links, videos and documents to name a few. Choose between the available formats where you can focus on streamlining content, organizing content to a grid, connect content on canvas, stack them in columns or have it in a free wall format.

A screenshot of a sample Padlet board you can create

Why this app?

Padlet is a great tool for sharing or collaboration. You can invite unlimited contributors and set their access types to the Padlet board. Contributors don’t need to sign up to access or edit the board they are invited to.

How does it work?

  • Don’t have an account yet? Sign up at padlet.com for free.
  • Click on ‘ Make a Padlet ‘ or ‘ New ‘ to start creating.
  • Choose a blank Wall, Canvas, Grid, Stream or Shelf format or choose from an existing template.
  • Start adding your virtual sticky notes by double clicking anywhere on the board or drag and paste in files.
  • Share your board by sending the link.
  • Add contributors or moderators by sending invitations to their email.

How is it used?

Use Padlet to facilitate ongoing live discussions, whether in a classroom setting or a presentation. Have the board on a main display and add participants to the board, optionally allow for use on mobile devices, and watch the board update live on-screen. Padlet is also ideal for collaboration, use Padlet to manage tasks and share ideas. Alternatively, use Padlet as an online portfolio, collect all your works in one board and share the link.

Extra options:

  • Check the People and Privacy settings, keep it private or add a password to prevent unwanted viewers.
  • To take it a step further, you can turn on the Moderation option so that each post has to be approved by the administrator.
  • Hide or show author names for each post and alternatively allow or disable comments.
  • If you want to save the Padlet board, you can export it as an image, pdf file or spreadsheet.

What next?

Check the resources available on the Scarfe Digital Sandbox. Try out the extended apps and plugins with Padlet, embed it into a WordPress site or integrate it with your browser. View the list of plugins and apps on Padlet’s Apps and Plugins board.

What do you think?

Tell us if you like this app, or if you don’t, tell us what app you use instead. Or figured out another way of integrating the app into learning? Tweet us @UBC_ETS! We’d love to hear from you.