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Padlet example with virtual post it notes


Brainstorming is a great way to allow all students to participate in generating ideas around a topic or problem, and supports students in building on their prior knowledge and increasing their awareness of other viewpoints by learning from each other.

As an alternative to using post-it notes or a big sheet of paper, you can use a virtual pin board like Padlet.

You can use a free version of Padlet, which allows you to create three Padlet activities. You can archive old Padlets to free up space. Once you have finished using one of your designs with your class, you can click on ‘REMAKE’ in the top right hand corner of the screen, and simply change it into a different one for a new activity.

Features of Padlet include:

  • The option to have a students’ name next to their post-it
  • Allow comments on posts
  • Allow students to ‘like’ a post
  • Filter profanity
  • You could also put students into groups and give each group a different padlet on a different aspect of a topic.
  • Privacy settings (you can choose ‘secret’ which means only those with the link can access it)

Other uses of Padlet

Choose the ‘Wall’ template for students to share resources and ideas, where ordering does not matter. For example on other courses we run, we regularly use the Wall template for sharing short posts on particular teaching approaches. See this example Wall copied from a task in our Science of Learning course.

The ‘Shelf’ template gives you a column layout with headings. This is used for posts to be made under specific categories, or headings. For example, you could create a KWL grid or use the columns for different topics.

The ‘Canvas’ option allows posting in any part of the Padlet. Posts can then be moved, grouped and linked together. See this example Canvas, where editing has been turned off after the educator has re-grouped posts.

Our example

In this course we are looking at the ways asynchronous and synchronous approaches can be used together, and how assessment for learning is designed-in. To illustrate this, our example here uses a pre-recorded video as a prompt for students to contribute to a Padlet (feel free to add your responses to the question!). We’ll look at how this example is used to feed into a synchronous session next week.


Explore how Padlet could be used. Create a Padlet activity to support learning for one topic. In the comments below, share your idea and topic.

Always refer to your school or college third-party tool policy and do not require students to submit personal data.

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Teaching for Home Learning: Secondary Science

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