Educational ways to use Padlet

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Padlet is a free online virtual “bulletin board” and is a great place for gathering ideas and sharing them amongst a group of students.  The best part is you can make the board “hidden” and customise the web link. Here are a few ways it can be used:

  1. Collaborating – Using as a note board. Students listening to a lecture can work together to take notes and share them immediately.
  2. Reflecting – Thinking about an idea such as Leadership – Identify 3 words and 3 names that define leaderships for you? Allowing other students to share their ideas and comment on each other’s posts. At the end of the module having them go back to the original padlet to reflect on the original post.
  3. Q&A – Allowing students to put up questions for an upcoming seminar, lecture or webinar. This allows the speaker to review the questions before hand and live as they come in.
  4. Sharing – A central place where anyone can share links pertaining to a specific subject. They can put up type, add links, add images, record their voice, add a document and comment on each item shared. *Lots of flexibility.

We’ve used this on our Online MBA and it’s a great tool that can be used on-campus too.  Think of using it during class where students can post questions instead of raising their hands.  This is a great tool for the students who may not want to speak up in class but would type a question anonymously.   You can choose to “moderate” posts so only you see them unless you approve them.  This would allow all students to ask a question during a live lecture.  It could also be used for each seminar group to allow them to collaborate as one team and share what they learn.  You could pose questions on the seminar Padlet for students to think about for the upcoming seminar and have them answer them in the seminar.  Therefore creating a “notebook” and promoting collaboration by all within that seminar group. There are many ways to use padlet but it just depends on how creative you want to be or allow your students to be.

To find out more, visit www.padlet.com or drop by the Educational Development Unit and we can show you some examples.