A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, using supporting evidence, writing
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, collecting data, investigation
Creativity: combining knowledge, innovation
Collaboration: group projects, teamwork
- Genre: Creating
- Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid, Free