Padlet, previously known as Wall wisher, is an online noticeboard, which means it can be used for making announcements, keeping notes and online brainstorming. One can create a Padlet board for free (http://padlet.com/wall/kv6tdwvnygl7). Premium options also available include: Padlet Backpack for schools, Padlet Briefcase for businesses and a Padlet Jetpack for individuals
Padlet is a great way to get people interacting in formal training through using their smart devices in the classroom. Padlet can be used by students and teachers to post notes on a common page. The notes posted by teachers and students can contain links, videos, images and document files. When registered with Padlet, one can create as many “walls” or online notice boards as you like. These walls can be set to private or public, with each wall having separate privacy settings. This can facilitate teacher collaboration in a subject department, which is not accessible by students. Private walls can be created with a password to access them, or by limiting access to registered users, with specified emails. As the creator of a wall, teachers can moderate all notes before they appear and privacy settings can be adjusted at any time. Padlet is great for group research. In essence, the tool is like a corkboard that allows students to share their ideas with each other thereby encouraging creativity. Using it in a classroom setting, teachers can facilitate greater participation and motivate students to be creative.
Users do not need to sign up to use Padlet, though it is recommended that teachers using it in a classroom setting would do so, in order to edit a wall, moderate posts and collate all class walls into one management screen. Teachers can also choose to set a notification to receive an email whenever a student posts to the teacher’s wall. Padlet is device-neutral, as it works on any internet-enabled device, including PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone. Another benefit is that no software or apps need to be downloaded or installed – it can be used immediately by anyone with internet access. The “Padlet’s” or noticeboards created can also be exported as images, pdfs, excels or csv’s.