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Padlet Walls (cross-blogged from thebelbird.blogspot.com)

One of my schools has experimented with embedding a Padlet wall onto their blog, so I thought this is a good opportunity to post about this very versatile tool.

 

What is Padlet?

Padlet (padlet.com) is a free web-based application, you might have known it as Wallwisher previously. It is an online wall where you can place sticky notes. Depending on what privacy settings you choose you can have just one person place sticky notes and others may or may not be able to read them, you can have several people place their stickies and edit their own stickies, or you can have anyone place and edit stickies on the wall. Below you will find one example I did with some y3 students: 

Created with Padlet

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As Ning doesn't like playing with Padlet lol here is the link to this wall: http://padlet.com/wall/mo894obxz2

What would you use Padlet for?

Any time you want to collect ideas, brainstorm. As this is an online, collaborative tool, any number of people can collaborate on this at the same time. The owner can at any time change the settings to stop others from adding or editing any more and therefore keep the wall as evidence, e.g. as part of the inquiry process, towards assessment etc.

 

How to create and change a wall?

Sign up for a free account on padlet.com. Click on Build a Wall. On the right side bar you are given the opportunity to modify your wall. You might like to play with appearance etc. but the most important features to look at are Privacy - who do you want your wall be visible to? - and Address: You are able to pick your own unique padlet address (provided nobody else has used it before) which can make your life a lot easier if you want your students to type the address into the browser address bar.

 

Why and how would you embed it into a blog?

Your class / teacher blog, or your class / teacher site can be a great platform for students to access their learning activities all in one place.

To embed a Padlet wall into your blog, click on the Share Button at the right of your wall:

 

 

This will open a side bar with the options of Sharing, Exporting and Embedding your wall:

 

To embed the wall, copy the gibberish inside the box (it's called an Embed Code). Back on your blog, create a new post. On the top left of your 'paper' you find two boxes: Compose (the default view) and HTML. Click on HTML and paste the gibberish you copied earlier into the space. When you click on Compose again, your wall will appear on the paper!

Below you will find my little test Padlet Wall. Please feel free to leave a professional sticky note on this wall!

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Comment by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie on December 12, 2013 at 3:01

Thank you BOTH so much for this - I'm not sure how I'll use it yet - but I'm fairly sure I will.

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xx,
mgh
(Madelyn Griffith-Haynie - ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
- ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder -

Comment by Monika Kern on November 6, 2013 at 17:22

Thanks Hazel, it pays to proof-read what I post which I obviously didn't lol! I have now added the links instead.

Interestingly, on thebelbird.blogspot.com one blogger left stickies but I can't see them hmmm would be thankful for anyone to pop on over to the padlet wall and give it a try for me :)

Comment by Hazel Owen on November 5, 2013 at 18:05

P.S. You will see, Monika, that your Padlets aren't displaying (and I wonder if you would be able pop in the URLs instead, please? :-p). Rest assured it's not anything you are doing or not doing, Rather, the iFrame code that Padlet uses has been stripped out by Ning.

'Why?' you ask...well apparently:

Because of the security risks associated with iframes (redirects, malicious code, phishing scams, etc.), not all iframe domains can be added to each feature. Any iframe is allowed within a text box or Page, since only the Network Creator and Administrators can edit them.

So - it's one of the (frustrating) limitations of the Ning platform. Ning does support a heap of iFrame code from named sites (see the full list here: http://www.ning.com/help/?p=8783), but Padlet isn't one of them yet.

Thanks for sharing, Monika. You're a gem.

Comment by Hazel Owen on November 5, 2013 at 17:59
I love Padlet! I feel it's a great way to collaborate without all of the usual barriers of having to create an account, or having a really complicated user interface. Thanks for your easy to follow guide :-) (for folks who might prefer to watch, I've popped in a video below).
 
I received an email a short while ago from the Padlet folk who were announcing Padlet for School, who highlighted some extra functionality as follows:
  • Bigger file uploads: As big as 1GB (current limit is 25MB).
  • More privacy: Set organization wide privacy on your Padlets.
  • iPad goodness: Get early access to our iPad app.
  • Phone support: Call us anytime, even if it doesn’t have to do with Padlet. We like listening. 
  • Amazing user management: Add, edit, suspend, delete users at will. Create roles.
  • Higher security: SSL data transfer. The stuff banks use.
  • Performance guarantee: 99.9% uptime.
There are also plans to add video upload and recording, Google Apps integration, analytics, and access to the activity history of users.
 
If you are keen you can (and have a school / education email) you can fill this form to sign up:  http://goo.gl/snWX08
 
 
For a visual overview of Padlet, the video below (6 mins 44secs) gives you an complementary overview in addition to Monika's in the post above.
 

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