What is a Padlet?
I used Padlet in my course during the spring of 2020, at the start of the pandemic. I wanted to provide students with an alternative method to engage in our synchronous Zoom classes. Padlet is a free, web-based application that allows users to create a “living bulletin board”. What is a “living bulletin board” you may ask? It is a board that students can interact with by responding to questions, posting questions, or sharing support via emoji that you can view in real-time. You can see the student responses, “light bulbs going off” or the points that you need to clarify in an instant.
Different board formats to meet your needs
There are several different board formats that you can choose from. Padlet offers a wide variety that can meet your needs depending on your topic. The three formats listed below are the ones I have found to be the most useful.
- Canvas – a board that students can scatter their comments and connect the content together, great for creating concept maps
- Timeline – comments can be entered in a timeline format
- Shelf – a board where the content is tacked in a series of columns
- And many more!