Appy Monday – Padlet

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What Is Padlet?

Getting your students to engage is a difficult task at the best of times. Whilst there are tools within the VLE to do this such as Forums and Wikis, these tend to take a prescriptive approach and take students down a particular route in participation.

Padlet’s USP is that it is flexible allowing the user to work with what is effectively a metaphoric piece of paper which upon it the user can put whatever they like on it. Videos, Sound files, Photographs, other images, written text or uploaded documents.

It is also collaborative so can be used for group working and sharing for assessment purposes.

Each active Padlet can be embedded into Blackboard and whilst the administration side requires an account, contributing to an active padlet does not.

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Padlet is available for the iPhone/iPad and Android. As a web based app it can also run on Windows and Apple Macs.

Because of its multi platform approach, it means that contributions can be made from anywhere with a internet connection allowing instantaneous contributions or postings rather than later when the context may have been lost.

How could it be used for Learning Teaching and Assessment?

Because of its flexibility in terms of its empty piece of paper analogy it can be used for but not limited to.

  • Blogs
  • Collages
  • Collaborative note-taking
  • CVs/Resumes
  • Digital bulletin boards
  • Fashion design
  • Inspiration boards
  • Music playlists
  • Noticeboards
  • Photo albums
  • Portfolios
  • Professional development
  • Q+A
  • Solo or group presentations
  • Timelines
  • To-Do lists
  • Video playlists

Short Task

Install the app onto your device and then create a Padlet adding images, pdf’s, text and so on. Exit the application and then return to it and add some more. Log onto Padlet via a PC/Mac and see your work.

Important Note

Before using any mobile application or online service please check the terms and conditions to ensure you are aware of the implications of using the service. In particular, look out for items covering data security, ownership of content and public/private sharing options.

Further Support

If you would like further support to get an idea of how you could use Padlet within learning and teaching, please contact the Technology Enhanced Learning team on tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865.

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