What is a paddle? Teacher step-by-step guide

Padlet is an online bulletin board that teachers and students can use to collaborate, curate and share digital content. The way padlets work is simple and straightforward: users create padlets and attach posts to them; Others interact with publicly shared posts(E.g., through Comments and Feedback) Or contribute by adding more resources. Posts can contain a variety of digital content such as text, video, audio recordings, screencasts, web links, graphs, images, GIFs and more.

The purpose of this post is to introduce teachers, especially those new to the platform, to the various features and services of the padlet offer and to help them make the best use of this collaborative curation tool in their suggestions. For reviews of similar tools I shared at educatorstechnology.com here, check out the Flipgrid and Kahoot tutorials.

Why a paddle?

Hands here and there Offers a variety of interactive and collaborative features that make it an excellent learning platform to use with your students. You can create a padlet board for your class and invite students to participate. As a teacher and moderator, you have access to many administrative privileges to help Padlett create a student-friendly and learner-centered environment where everyone participates in knowledge creation and sharing. For example, you can use vulgar filters to block inappropriate content, disable comments and feedback, control who can contribute, and more. Additionally, you can create padlets that are accessible only to your students, see below to learn more about the various sharing and privacy options you can use in this regard.

Ways to use padlets in your teaching?

There are many ways to use padlets in your teaching. For example, you can use it as a formative assessment tool. You can post questions, polls, surveys, questionnaires and ask students to give their feedback. You can then collect the generated feedback and use it as a platform for creating different and personalized teaching / learning strategies. You can also create a padlet board on a given research topic and contribute to the students by adding resources on the web. The screen and video recording features in the padlet allow you to create educational screencasts and step-by-step tutorials to share with your students. You can also hire students to record videos to explain, present, or share their resources, and post these videos on your classroom padlet board for everyone to see and interact with. For more ideas on how to use padlets with your students, see This post.

How to make a paddle?

To create a padlet, log in to your account and click ‘Create Padlet’, then select the padlet template. There are seven templates to choose from:

  • Wall: Arrange the contents in a ‘brick-like layout’.
  • Flow: Organize content into easy-to-read, top-to-bottom feeds.
  • Grid: Manage content in rows and boxes.
  • Shelf: Arrange content in a series of columns.
  • Map: Add content to points on the map.
  • Canvas: ‘Scatter content, group and connect in any way.’
  • Timeline: Arrange the material along the horizontal line.

Click Select under the template you are interested in and follow the instructions to customize your padlet. Provide a title and a short description. You can also change the look of your paddle by editing the color scheme, fonts and wallpapers. Set your posting preferences that include: attributes (choose whether you want to show the author’s name on each post), comments (viewers can comment on the post when turned on) and feedback. You can activate four feedback types for your post: grade (give the post a numerical score), star (give the post 1-5 stars), vote (like the post or downvote), and like. Or, select Non to turn off feedback for your post.

Content filters are another key feature you will need to set when you create your padlets. As a moderator, you can turn on the required approval functionality so that posts are manually approved by the moderator before posting. You can also choose to activate the filer profile service to replace bad words with nice emojis.

How to add posts to your padlets

Now that your padlet is ready, you can start adding posts to it. You have a variety of content options to add to your padlet:

  • Upload: Upload different types of files to your posts.
  • Audio Recorder: Use your computer’s mic to record and add audio.
  • Drawing: Use Padlet’s drawing tool to create drawings and save them in your post.
  • Camera: Take a photo with your computer’s camera and add it to your post.
  • Video Recorder: Use your computer’s mic and camera to record and add videos to your posts.
  • Screen recorder: Install the Padlet’s Chrome extension to start recording your screen and add screencasts to your padlet.
  • Location: Use Google Maps to easily add locations to your posts.
  • Links: Add links by pasting their URLs.
  • Image and GIF: Use Padlet’s internal search service to find images and GIFs to add to your padlets.

You can find and add content from YouTube, Spotify and the web. For example, to add content to the web, type your search query, then click on any search results you are interested in to add directly to your padlet. Similar process for adding content from YouTube or Spotify.

Share options and privacy settings

When it comes to sharing your paddle with others, you have a variety of options to choose from. You can share it via QR code, embed code, broadcast or email, on social media websites like Twitter and Facebook or directly on Google Classroom. You can export your padlets as image, PDF, CSV and Excel spreadsheet.

You also get full control over the privacy of the paddles you embed elsewhere. You can choose to keep them:

  • Private: Padlets are hidden from everyone else and cannot be accessed even when someone is trying.
  • Password protected: Padlets are still hidden, but you can share them with others and access them with a password.
  • Members only: Padlets are hidden and only logged in members can access them.
  • Secret: Padlets are hidden but they can be accessed when you share them with others.
  • Public: They are open to the public for access and viewing.

Invite members to your padlet

This is a great collaborative feature to use with your students. You can invite members by name, username or email. When you invite members, you can control what they can do with your padlets. You can choose to:

  • You can read: Members can only view posts, but they cannot add or edit posts, approve other people’s posts, modify or delete padlets, or invite collaborators.
  • You can write: Members can only view and write posts, but they cannot edit or approve other people’s posts, modify or delete padlets, or invite collaborators.
  • You can edit: Members can view, add, edit, and approve other people’s posts, but they cannot modify or delete padlets or invite collaborators.
  • Can administer: Members can view, add, edit, and approve other people’s posts. They can modify and delete padlets and invite collaborators.

Note that unless the paddle owner restricts account holders from accessing their paddle, paddle contributors do not need to have a paddle account to add content to publicly shared paddles. They can still add content but their contributions will be tagged anonymously.

Padlet Gallery

Padlet Gallery

Padlet Gallery hosts many instance padlets created by the user community. These are especially useful for getting inspiration and design ideas to try on your own padlets. Also note that Padlet offers a feature called Remake which allows you to copy the design (or post) of the padlet and use it as a template for your own work but make sure you respect the intellectual property of others and are familiar with the padlet. Content policy before you use a remake.

Padlet subscription plan

Finally, Padlett offers a free and premium subscription plan, the free version supports creating only 3 padlet boards with up to 25MB of upload space. The premium version offers more features. There is also a backpack plan especially for schools.

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *