PADLET - A JACK OF ALL TRADES
FOR A TEACHER
Donetsk National Technical
If you are currently looking
for a free web application to ease your life in the classroom – look no further
than Padlet. Simply put, Padlet gives you a blank piece of paper, and allows
you to put whatever you want on it and share it with people. Using a huge
potential of the Web, this ‘blank piece of paper’ concept lets you create
amazing things with your students.
you first start to use Padlet, you have a blank page where you can do a variety
of things. You can drag and drop documents, images, and PDFs from your desktop
to your wall. You can also copy and paste links to videos or websites as well
as use your computer’s camera to take a picture to put up. Lastly, you have the
option to just start typing on your page and create notes on it.
couple of other features that are worth noting about using Padlet is that you
can choose to have a background to help make your page stand out and you can
also choose between two different layouts. The first one is called Freeform,
which like the name states, lets you put things wherever you want on your page.
The second one is called Stream, where items that you put on your wall are
ordered one after the other, which makes it look like
you are done adding and putting things onto your wall, you can now share it
with others in a variety of ways. Whenever you start a new wall, you are
automatically given a unique URL for it, and you can decide to keep it and
share that with others, or you can create your own address that starts with
padlet.com/wall. Another option that you have is that if you have your own
domain, you can use that instead, which is a nice option to have.
Once your students know the
wall URL, they are ready to work. Before inviting students to work on a Padlet
wall, I ask them not to use fancy nicknames, just their names and the first
letter of the surname to avoid confusion. This is the case when two or more
groups are working on the same wall.
The reason why I turned to
Padlet was to encourage my students to start writing. Many teachers know how
students detest writing.
A few years ago I launched a
course based on the idioms my IBA and international economics students studied
according to the syllabus.
I divided the idioms into
topics, e.g. ‘Work’, ‘Relationships’, ‘Happy Occasions’, etc., and started
uploading them on corresponding Padlet walls five times a week, setting
weekends aside to correct the mistakes in students’ comments. Here is a screen
shot of one such Padlet wall about the topic ‘Learning’.
When I correct mistakes on a
Padlet wall, I just cross out the wrong word or letter, or a whole sentence,
and type the correct one in bold. This way students
can see my corrections right in their posts. Another positive thing about
Padlet is that any board can be used multiple times, and students can see what
their peers have posted.
I also use Padlet to generate
discussions on the topics from the course books I use in class.
Students are assigned to post
comments about the pros and cons of different issues. It is easy to monitor
students’ contributions to the discussion, and provide instant feedback using
Padlet is great for
collaborative projects. If we have twenty new idioms to learn, I create a
Padlet wall, divide a group into pairs, and assign them the following task: find
the definitions of the idioms, some videos featuring these idioms, etc.
Here is a screen shot of a
collaborative project done by IBA and international economics students.
To sum up, Padlet is basically
a way of using post-its electronically, but it has the advantage of being
paper-free and you can save your Padlet wall and use it over and over again.
Padlet can also be used for
article and book reviews. Students can highlight interesting ideas, ask
questions, discuss controversial issues and more. A
Padlet wall can be used by teachers in class to continue a face-to-face
A Padlet wall can easily be
turned into a topic summary, with text, audio, video and other learning tools,
and shared with students before a test or an exam.
Padlet can be used as a question board. Students
can anonymously post questions. The teacher can read and answer them on a
1. Баданов А. Виртуальная доска Padlet для организации
коллективной работы с различными материалами [Электронный ресурс] / Баданов А.
– Режим доступа :
2. Буйницька О.П. Студент в інформаційно-освітньому середовищі
сучасного університету [Електронний ресурс] / О.П. Буйницька, Б.І. Грицеляк –
Режим доступу :
3. Морзе Н.В. Інформатичні компетентності професора – міф чи реальність? [Електронний ресурс] / Морзе Н.В. – Режим
4. Хміль Н., Дяченко С. Соціальний
сервіс Padlet як елемент педагогічної діяльності / Н. Хміль, С. Дяченко //
Інформатика та інформаційні технології в навчальних закладах. – 2014. – № 2 –