Platform: iOS (Android coming soon)
Cost: Free with paid versions with extra features for schools, businesses, and personal use
Padlet is a web-based tool that’s been available for a few years. Recently an iPad app launched which makes it easy for libraries working with and for teens to use the tool in a variety of ways.
As with the web-based tool, the Padlet app is a good way to create walls of content. The content might be a curated list of resources – including audio, video, websites, Google Docs, images, and more – that a teen is going to use in a presentation. It, might be a wall where teens brainstorm together and collaborate on ideas for a new project. Or, it could be a place where library staff working with and for teens collect resources of interest to help them provide high-quality service to the age group.
The slideshow below takes you through the basics of using Padlet, adding content, applying settings, and inviting collaborators.
Padlet iPad App – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires
New Padlets can be created in the app by selecting the “New Padlet” link. Then to add content all a user needs to do is to either double-tap on the screen or tap on the + at the bottom of the screen. When adding new content it’s possible to add a title, a description, and then a link to the content (if web-based resources are being used.) I found that the touch-screen features were not as easy to use as I would have liked. Sometimes a double-tap didn’t open up the content window and sometimes using my fingers to drag an item on the wall to a different location – as one is supposed to be able to do – didn’t work as easily as it should.
All of the basic features of the web-based version of Padlet are available including changing the wall background and layout, adding notifications when someone adds to a wall (if collaborators are taking part in a Padlet project), adding collaborators, and sharing a Padlet for website or social media integration.
Using Padlet with teens who have access to tablets is a great way to give them opportunities to collaborate on content development and brainstorming. It’s also a great way for teens to curate content for projects of academic or personal interest. The fact that it’s now available as an app means that teens, who have access to tablets, will have more opportunities to use the tool.
If you or the teens you work for and with are already Padlet web users using the iPad app will be something that you can add to your arsenal of resources. If you haven’t yet used Padlet for or with the teens you work with, give it a try.