Common Sense Media says

Colorful bulletin boards for collaboration and sharing.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Padlet gives kids a lot of freedom to explore interests online, and save that info to personal bulletin boards. Whether it's school or fun-related, kids get to create a space of their own.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

An email and password is required to login to Padlet. Kids should only share boards with trusted friends or family: per Padlet's privacy policy, "You should assume that anything you publish is publicly accessible unless you have explicitly selected otherwise."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Padlet is a bulletin board-style site that allows kids to create, collect, and store information in one central place. It works like an online sheet of paper where kids can drag-and-drop content they find online (images, videos, documents, text) onto a board, and share the board with others if they choose to. Kids can share boards with other Padlet users or keep them private. Boards are great for study groups, class projects, or personal stuff. However, parents should definitely be vigilant about who kids share their boards with since they have the option to share with anyone who has an email address.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • using supporting evidence
  • writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • collecting data
  • investigation

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • innovation

Collaboration

  • group projects
  • teamwork

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

As far as online bulletin boards go, fun backgrounds and a truly simple interface make Padlet a cut above. Kids'll like the social aspect and can even use the boards for non-school purposes.

Learning Approach

Organizing information is a skill kids will continue to use throughout their school and work lives. By sharing boards with fellow students, they'll get experience collaborating and working as a team. 

Support

The interface is so easy to use, it's fantastic. A help window pops up alongside the board if needed, and the info is written is a fun, colloquial voice. Data is saved online and can be easily shared.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • using supporting evidence
  • writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • collecting data
  • investigation

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • innovation

Collaboration

  • group projects
  • teamwork

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • social media
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn how to collate and organize pertinent information they find online. Whether it's a research project on WWII jets or a collection of classic sonnets, Padlet will store info in a way that's easy to review and add to. Group boards can help kids learn collaboration skills; they'll have to communicate with fellow board members. Gathering evidence, grouping like subjects, and evaluating information are all at play here. (Pro tip: Padlet is great for creating timelines.) Padlet makes it easy for kids to put together bits of related information, store them, and use them for research and learning purposes.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

PADLET is a website that allows kids to collect info from the Internet and pin it onto virtual bulletin boards using a simple drag-and-drop system. Videos, text, links, images -- basically anything -- can be added to a board and organized there, like a page full of Post-it notes. They can also upload documents they've created, like class notes or completed assignments. Once kids create a board, they can share it through the usual social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), export it to a file, embed it in a blog or website, or turn it into a QR code (pretty high-tech!).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There are dozens of bulletin board sites out there, but Padlet is one of the more intuitive, and probably, most appealing to kids. The colorful backgrounds and customization options let kids add some personality to boards, even if they're using them for boring ol' school stuff. The drag-and-drop interface is really smooth and intuitive as well. The depth of the site depends on what you put into it; it's basically a blank page, but Padlet shares lots of support and examples of best use. Parents should be watchful about privacy, but there's great potential for collaboration and teamwork here.

Families can talk about...

  • Introduce your kid to Padlet by creating a family fun board together: bookmark activity ideas, photos, and potential places to go.

  • Make sure your kids understand why online privacy is important. What's the difference between sharing a board with a friend versus everyone on the internet?

Website details

Genre:Creating
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byRecluse_rohan August 26, 2013
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6
QUALITY
 

Good

i think its good but a little type of boring after a further usage...

What other families should know
Great messages
Educator and Parent Written bylvthomas April 8, 2014
AGE
12
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LEARNING

Collaborative, Accessible Learning on Padlet!

As a teacher I've used Padlet in my classroom as a place for students to share after a "Turn and Talk" discussion has taken place on what we covered in our previous lesson. The interactive space works well. I just share the link and ask students to post. All comments can be edited or even deleted by the teacher, which keeps it a safe space. Then student posts are projected and become a great review for the introduction to our next part of a lesson.

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