Feb 162015

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 5.42.33 PMPadlet is about the coolest free web app you will ever find, and if you’re looking for an easy way to collaboratively brainstorm or share text, video or images from a single location, look no further. Padlet is quite possibly the most useful website for schools since a couple of Harvard boys asked “I wonder if there is a better way to do search?”

I have used Padlets to share class haiku, brainstorm what bullying can look like, and compile lists of technology students have in their houses. If you love using using Padlet, add your favourite uses on this Padlet!

Once a Padlet is done, you can embed it in a blog by grabbing the embed code, as I have done below. However I prefer to use them in full screen directly from Padlet.  In this instance I used Padlet to create a visual glossary of some terminology used in video production. This Padlet was used in a grade 5 unit where students wrote a poem to evoke emotion and then turned it into a video. You can find the full unit here. 

Padlets can either be locked down to view only or fully open to add new stickies with or without moderation. They can be hidden with private links, password protected and shared with individuals via email. There’s a bunch of other features on Padlet, including a school account, although I can’t quite work out exactly why you would need that when you can do so much for free.

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