Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Padlet.com



I've known about Padlet.com for quite some time now, but it has been awhile since I revisited it. That tends to happen to me quite a bit as I check out resources and debate on how much I push out suggestions to my staff. However, since visiting Macul 2014, it forced me to look at it once again to see what improvements have been made.

What it allows you to do:
  • Create a wall of pictures, files, and links for you to display.
  • Collaborate with a small group/large group of students.
  • Collaborate with staff. 
  • Download as a PDF or image.
  • Upload your images as a background.
  • Place the items in a "freeform" or "stream" of information
    • Freeform places the items scattered over the screen.
    • Stream places them chronologically much like a Twitter-feed. 
(There are other options, but this will give you a basic idea of how it can be used.) 

I created a video tutorial using it between a PC and an iPad. It works surprisingly well on an iPad as you can add images from your camera roll, text, and links. In many ways, it can become more of a private Twitter for your class. You can choose to save it or throw it away. Either way, it can be a valuable resource for you and your class. This video does not show all the features, but it gives you a basic idea of how to create and share your Padlet with your students. 


Interestingly enough, I also tried this with my Android phone. There are many more options available for Android over iOS. For example, I was able to access my Google Drive, camera roll, video camera, and audio recorder. The Android experience on Padlet is almost like a cross between using a PC and an iOS device. So if you are an Android user, you could contribute to your Padlet wall with files and still have the freedom and flexibility of moving about the room with an iPad.

P.S. Here is a great Tweet I came across that gives a quick guide on what is available on Padlet.com: