Creating an account

1 Go to www.padlet.com

2 The first time you use Padlet, click ‘Sign up’ (1) and follow the instructions below. In future, you can simply click ‘Log in’ (2).

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3 If you are signed into either your gmail or your facebook account, you can use your ID from those sites by clicking (1) or (2). The benefit of this is that you don’t need to remember another ID and password. Alternatively, you can add an email address and password (3) and click ‘Sign up’ (4).

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Users of gmail and facebook may have to agree to certain terms and conditions (see examples below). Don’t worry, you can accept these.

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4 Whatever method you choose, Padlet will ask you if you want to spend money and upgrade to their premium service. For classroom purposes, you can save money and click ‘Skip’.

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Creating a padlet

After signing in, you will go to your dashboard. In the centre is a list of recent activity. There will be very little there when you first sign up. To create a new padlet, click ‘New padlet’.

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Modifying your padlet

To make changes to your padlet at any time, click on the cog on the right-hand side.

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Writing a question

After clicking on the cog, write your discussion question in the box for the title (1). This will then appear on the Padlet in the top left and will also be the name of your padlet on your dashboard if you want to open it again at a later date.

Instructions or further information can be typed in the description box (2).

You can also tag your padlets for future reference (e.g. class names or subjects) in the boxes in (3). These do not appear on the padlet, only on your dashboard view.

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Changing the background

To change the background image, click on ‘Wallpaper’. Click on an image and it will appear as the background.

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Deciding how posts appear

Click on ‘Layout’ and choose from the options available for how posts appear. The default setting is Freeform, but you can change this to posts appearing in a vertical stream or in a grid.

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Setting privacy levels

Click on ‘Privacy’. It should default to an option where your padlet won’t show up on internet search engines, but can be shared with students simply by copying and pasting the link. We recommend leaving this setting as it is.

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Sharing and setting your padlet address

Click on ‘Address’. To share your padlet with students, copy the url from ‘Current Address’ and paste it into an email or a VLE like Google Classroom.

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You can make your padlet address easier to remember/share (particularly useful if you’re going to write the address on the board) by clicking ‘Pick a padlet.com address’ (1). Type an identifying phrase/word in the box (2). If the address is available, a green tick will appear. To assign the new address, click ‘Pick’ (3). The new address will then appear in ‘Current address’ to copy and share with your students.

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Copying your padlet

You can reuse padlets with different classes by copying them. Click ‘Copy’ and choose one of the options. To copy the padlet and the posts people have made, click ‘Copy with posts’ (1). To copy a blank version of the padlet (ie with no notes), click ‘Copy without posts’ (2).

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NB: The new copy of your padlet will have a randomly assigned url. If you want to change it to something more memorable, repeat the steps in ‘Sharing and setting your padlet address’.

Retrieving your padlets

You can go to the dashboard at any time by clicking the jester’s cap on the right. From there, click ‘Padlets’ on the left to see a list of your padlets.

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Using padlet in class

There is very little for you to do in class as teacher with padlet. The main effort is setting it up beforehand. However, remember, if you want to modify the padlet during the class (e.g. editing student posts, or dragging a freeform board into a tidier state), you need to be logged in – following the url will only grant you the same rights as a student.

One final thing – if you want to lead a class discussion based on student posts, you can magnify posts at any time simply by double-clicking on them. You can then move between posts using the controls at the top.

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