To access the Padlet Dashboard Select either Insert Stuff from any tool that allows you to access HTML, or go to Content in your unit and select Padlet from Existing Activities. The below example is from the point of view of Insert Stuff.
To create a new Padlet select Make a Padlet.
Press on Make a Padlet
Select the type of Padlet you wish to use.
Add a title and description to your Padlet.
Configure other settings such as font, Attribution, ability to add comments and wall theme.
Once saved press on the three dots in the right-hand corner to open other essential settings.
Press on Share and export.
Change the Privacy settings from Visitors can Read to Visitors can Write in order to allow students to add posts to the Padlet.
Your Padlet can now be added to your unit content.
- Double-click or click the add (+) button of the padlet.
- Add a title and some text. Tap Publish to post.
You can also add media files to your post. Some of the attachment options include images, documents, links, videos, and drawings. You can even use your webcam or device microphone to record a video or sound file.
Click the + button on the Padlet to add your post. You will then have the option to add content to your post. There are five icons for you to choose from, these allow you to either upload a file, add a link, search the web for content, or take a picture. Clicking the three ellipses opens additional options to add content to your post. You can also drag and drop files onto a Padlet to add multiple items all at once.
To access the Padlet Dashboard when you have not yet created a Padlet select either Insert Stuff from any tool that allows you to access HTML, or go to Content in your unit and select Padlet from Existing Activities. The below example is from the point of view of Insert Stuff.
Press on Open Dashboard.
If you have a Padlet already created and added to your webpage you can access the Dashboard from there. In order to authenticate press on the icon to open the padlet in a new window.
To access the dashboard select Home from under your avatar, or press on padlet in the lefthand corner.
If you want to see what your Padlet will look like in one of the other Padlet formats. Open the Padlet you want to change, click the ellipses in the top right and choose Change Format from the drop-down menu that appears. You will then be given the option to choose the other format styles. Your Padlet may go blank whilst it works to convert the format and it can take a few moments for the new format style to appear.
Choose your new format:
Open the Padlet and click on the Cog in the top right-hand corner, this will open the Modify menu options.
From here you can rename your Padlet, change its description, its appearance, and the post settings, which define how users can engage with your Padlet. Press Save to update the details.
Comments are useful for when you want your students to react to a post with text on your Padlet.
You can turn this setting on and off in the Modify menu or when you create a new Padlet.
Turn on the ability to add comments and press Save.
Click your Padlet avatar image in the top right-hand corner of your Padlet dashboard (when using a PC), this will open the account settings drop-down. From here, choose Settings.
You will then see the option to change your avatar image and add a biography.
Once a Padlet wall has been set up for an activity, it is very easy to remake (clone) Padlets, to then edit and reuse.
- Open the existing Padlet that you want to clone.
- Click on Remake in the top right corner of Padlet.
- Select the relevant options to copy:
- Copy design (layout, wallpaper, activity title and description) and
- Copy people and privacy (privacy and read/write settings).
- Modify the title (and description if needed to adjust the context)
- Check that the Privacy settings under Share are set to the correct write/read permissions. Students will be unable to post if this is not set to ‘write’.
Note: Choose the ‘Copy people and privacy’ option so that you copy the same format as the original, including ‘secret’ privacy setting and the visitor read/write permissions. Otherwise, default remade walls the Visitor Permissions are set to ‘read-only and must be manually changed.
There are two ways to ensure anonymity within Padlet.
1. When creating your Padlet ensure that the two options are unselected:
- Attribution - This displays the student's name
- Comments are turned off - if comments are on the name will appear.
These settings are available via the Modify cog wheel.
If you wish for comments to be made by your students on posts these are the steps required to make sure all users are anonymous.
2. When creating your Padlet ensure that these two options are set up:
- Attribution - This displays the student's name - turned off
- Comments are turned on.
Select Sharing and press Change Privacy.
Choose the Secret Option and Save.
While still on the Share screen, select Embed in your blog or your website:
Choose the Full embed option and press on Copy to make a copy of the code.
Edit your MyLO webpage within your unit. Press on Insert stuff and choose to Enter Embed code, or use the Other Embed option with MyLO Mate.
Paste your copied code in and press OK. Save your changes. Your Padlet will now be anonymous to those who post and comment.
When you no longer want your students to post or comment on a Padlet in your unit, you need to change the privacy settings to read-only instead of write. Go to your Padlet and select Share.
Select Change Privacy:
Press on the Can Write
Change to can read.
Press Save to update the settings of your Padlet.
How polls work
On Padlet, polls are interactive attachments. To add a poll to a padlet, open up the post composer and select the Poll option from the content picker.
Add your question, add your choices, select post, and let the people decide. Anyone with access to the padlet will be able to vote.
Anyone can see the result of the poll after voting. The creator and any admins will be able to see the breakdown of votes before voting. Results will update in real time.
The poll can be closed at any time by the creator or any admin of the padlet. The post with the poll can be edited after posting, but the poll cannot be edited after posting.
You can close the poll and export the results as seen below.
How to schedule a post
To schedule a post, create it as you normally would. Instead of publishing immediately, pick a date. You can choose any time in the next year.
When the time comes, your post will publish at the time stated.
It is possible to create a separate Padlet for each student within your unit. Each Padlet is then viewable only to that student. Staff can view the Padlets within their Padlet Dashboard if they are the creator of the Padlet or the student shares the Padlet with them.
To create a Padlet for each student it is advisable to first create your Padlet in your dashboard.
- Go to Content/ Existing Activities/ Padlet.
- Tick the option to Create a copy for each user and select your created Padlet.
- A link will be created within your content.
Each student that presses on the link within content will have their own separate Padlet to work on.
Other than the student, the only other user to automatically have access to the Padlet is the creator of the Padlet. If you need other staff members to have access to the Padlet you can add these members to the Padlet before adding the link in your unit. If this step is not done then the student will need to add these users manually. To do this they can press on Share in the right hand side of the Padlet
Here they can see the users who currently have access. Press Add to add other users.
The student can search for users by email or username. An email will be sent to these users inviting them to access the Padlet.
If it is a requirement for the Padlet to be graded within MyLO it is suggested that you create an assignment folder for this purpose. The student can then either copy the link or save their Padlet as a PDF or Image to upload into an Assignment folder for marking.