rAPPido Review: Padlet

Screen Shot 2014-11-27 at 9.23.01 AMI forgot to mention this in the “what I learned at the QAIS Conference” posts, but in the last session where we made our Popplet, we posted our finished product to Padlet.

What is it?

It is a virtual bulletin board. You can use it to post questions and receive answers from your students. Or you can use it as a virtual display board, where students upload their work and contribute it to a board.

Price:

Free!

There is a “backpack” edition for schools however, but this costs 5$ per month per teacher.

NOTE: It is not an app. You have to access it online and you can sign in with your google account (which makes it easy for students to use it. And it works fine on the iPads.

How does it work?

Easy! Once you are signed in, you can create your own padlet, or board. Here is a screenshot of the one I contributed to at the Conference:

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Of course, a month later, I forgot what I did to be able to contribute…Let us re-create the steps shall we?

Tap the “Create new padlet” button:

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Here is your blank canvas:
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Now we can change the look of it by choosing a wallpaper:

Screen Shot 2014-11-27 at 9.36.36 AMLet’s give it a title and a description as well as an icon:

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Now Lay out:

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You can also choose when and how you will get notifications if somebody posts to your board:

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Now change the address to reflect the title. This is the address you will send to your class so that they can contribute to the Padlet:

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Posting is as easy as double tapping. I noticed that the one aspect that doesn’t work is pasting a URL of an image. The best thing to do is find the images you would like to contribute, save them to your camera roll  and then upload them:

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If you tap on the image, you will get a larger view of it:

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Padlet also gives you lots of exporting options:

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The one complaint I have is that on the iPad at least, it is really hard to edit or delete a post once you have it on the tablet. I am not sure if this is a glitch, but it seems like a pretty large oversight if this is just the way it is on the iPad. Let me try it on the desktop…

Yep. It is on iPad thing. On the desktop you can edit easily:

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But this is the only thing you get on the iPad:Screen Shot 2014-11-27 at 10.29.42 AM

Given this fatal flaw, I would hesitate to recommend it for use in your class, unless you are uploading them through the computers in the library or computer lab. It will be too frustrating.

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