Padlets can be used as a way for your students to ask questions or discuss a topic asynchronously or synchronously. Especially when teaching online, using a Padlet can allow you to consider and respond to questions when you are ready, avoiding the chat from becoming a distraction. You may also decide to allow students to respond to questions posed by their peers and add reactions.
Padlets can also be used for discussion – post the topics you want your students to discuss on a Padlet, and allow students to comment underneath. Padlets can also be embedded into Minerva and Microsoft Teams and used as a revision resource in a way that is not easily replicated in chat.
Staff and students can contribute to a Padlet simultaneously. As posts are added they appear to everyone in real time
There are currently 7 Padlet formats you can use, let’s take a look at the formats that work well for questions and discussions.
The Stream Padlet format is well suited for questions as posts are shown chronologically (you can choose newest to oldest first, or vice versa). Here is an example of a Padlet that has been set up for questions: https://universityofleeds.padlet.org/admin2067/i5d2j1z48nw8xo8l. Give it a try, you can add a question by clicking the pink round button with a plus sign on it that appears in the bottom right, (we won’t answer it though).
This Padlet has been set up so that:
The Shelf Padlet format is well suited to discussion topics as you can set up the topics of discussion before hand. Here is an example of a Padlet that has been set up for discussions: https://universityofleeds.padlet.org/admin2067/7xzlybb08z1y2trb. Try to add a post under one of the topics to see what happens. You can do this by clicking the plus sign directly below the topic you want to comment on.
This Padlet has been set up so that:
1. Go to https://universityofleeds.padlet.org/ and use your University of Leeds username and password to login in to your Padlet account. If you have not yet created a Padlet account, see Getting Started: Create your Padlet account.
2. You will then see the Padlet dashboard. Choose Make a new Padlet
3. Select the format you want for your Padlet. In the examples above we’ve used Stream for Questions and Shelf for Discussions.
4. You will then be asked to:
5. If you have used the Shelf format, add your discussion topics to the Padlet by clicking Add Column and typing in your text. You can rename a column by clicking the 3 elipses to the right of the column card and choosing Rename columns.
6. Drag a column or post to change the order by clicking and holding the left mouse button down as you move it around your Padlet.
Once you have set your Padlet up, you’ll need to set the share permissions. Click the Share button in the top right corner, the Share panel will appear.
1. Click Change Privacy
2. Select Secret (we know, this is an odd choice but it’s the one you need to choose). Do not choose Org Wide – this will mean your Padlet will be visible to every University of Leeds Padlet user.
3. The Visitor Permissions options box will appear on screen, by default this will be set to Can Read. Click the Can Read option to open a window showing all the permissions available.
4. Change Can Read to Can write. Close this window by clicking on the dark grey area above or below the Visitor Permissions option box.
4. Click Save, to save your new sharing permissions.
5. Click Back to return to the main menu. You are now ready to generate the link to your Padlet with others, select Copy link to clipboard, you can then share this (email, in a chat message, teams post and so on).
Tip. If you want to see what you Padlet looks like in a different format, open the Padlet you want to change and click the three ellipses in the top right (when using a PC). Choose Change Format. It takes a few moments and allows you to see what your Padlet will look like in one of the other formats available.
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