Tools for Learning Activities: Padlet

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The information in this article is correct at the time of writing. Third party applications can update and change at any time. Always check the terms and conditions before signing up. For more information, see our page on considerations when using third party apps in Teaching.

Padlet is a freemium pinboard app that acts as a virtual notice board for content sharing and real-time interactions.

Some issues have been raised with Padlet’s inaccessibility and we would recommend considering this before using this tool.

You can find further information about Padlet on our support site.

Availability:

The University has not approved the free version of Padlet for Teaching and Learning; there are specific terms and conditions to be aware of when using this tool. A summary is provided in this article, with links to further details via the Padlet Terms of Service

  • Online
  • Sign-up required
  • Freemium – limited free version with paid upgrades

Key features:

  • Post images, text, links, or other media to a collaborative pinboard
  • Supports a wide variety of file types and embedded content
  • Invite contributors with a link
  • Change permissions simply (read-only, write, moderator/admin access)
  • Real-time updating
  • Commenting/liking features on posts
  • Available in multiple languages

Benefits:

  • Intuitive and easy to use UI
  • Can create an engaging synchronous and asynchronous activity for your students
  • Changes are autosaved
  • Link sharing allows for easy collaboration
  • No log-in required for student interaction

Considerations and limitations:

  • Padlet has admitted to being inaccessible to some users of assistive technology
  • Limited number of boards per account
  • Link sharing is not private, so anyone with the link can post
  • Posts may be anonymous and may careful framing and trust

Does Padlet meet accessibility standards?

  • Padlet does not have an accessibility statement and does not currently adhere to WCAG 2.1 guidlines – for more information, see Padlet’s page on accessibility updates
  • Padlet is a visual platform and may cause issues for users who rely on screenreaders

Padlet personal data and privacy advice

  • You need to create an account on the platform to design and host Padlet. You will be asked to provide basic details such as name, email address and intended use. 
  • Do not use your University password when creating a Padlet account. 
  • Avoid sharing personally identifiable information via Padlet (other than valid email address required for registration). 
  • You are responsible for managing your Padlet account, directly on the Padlet website via Padlet’s support team 
  • Staff registering to use Padlet will be subject to accepting the  Padlet terms of service; and understanding Padlet’s privacy policy 
  • Please note; the email address you provide may be used for password resets and marketing emails with relevant information about Padlet or third parties (you can opt in or out of marketing emails at anytime). 

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