I am always interested in finding new instruments to use in student generated content projects. Padlet is a device-neutral application that allows the displaying of information on any topic. It can be used like a traditional bulletin board or for such activities as blogging, publishing podcasts or videos, bookmarking, making brochures and posters or as the base of a discussion board. You can use Padlet as a publishing tool or just as a private notes app. This is a great application because it allows the collaboration of multiple people adding content to a padlet. Another nice touch is that work is autosaved as it is generated so work is not lost when students forget to save as can happen in some wikis.
You can choose who sees your padlets from the general public to just members of a class or even making your padlet completely private for your eyes only. In a collaboration application, you determine the level of access by assigning individuals read only, read-write, moderator or administrative access. Padlets can be collaborated on by a single class, multiple classes within the same institution or by classes at multiple institutions. How fun would it be to have your class interact with experts via a padlet mechanism? The uses for this app are endless. Here is a link to an article on using Padlet for blogging in the classroom.
Some of the things you can include in a padlet are documents, images, hyperlinks, audio and video files. Files can be uploaded from a computer or mobile devices, and content from the web such as a YouTube video can be embedded into your padlet. In turn, you can embed padlets into webpages, blogs or an LMS; export them as pdf files, images or a host of other files; or distribute them the old-fashioned way by printing them.
Padlet is available for use in a browser, and there are apps available for iOS, Android and Kindle devices. There is a basic free padlet account available which allows you to have three operating padlets, however, uploaded files must not be larger than 10 MB. The basic plan is not a trial, but rather, an account that does not expire. Padlet Pro is $8.25/month (or $99/year) with unlimited padlets and upload available for files up to 250 MB in size. On the free plan, you can delete a padlet you no longer need to start a new one to keep within the three padlet limit. For a collaborative project, you can generate one padlet to be used by everyone in the class. If you refer others who then sign up for a padlet account, you will be given an additional padlet for every three people who join from your referral. If you are interested in signing up for a free account, you can help me out by using my referral link.