Five top tips for getting the most of the a basic (free) Padlet account

We frequently use and recommend Padlet boards here at the CLC – they are great for sharing information and collaborating in classrooms and across a school. An individual can have three Padlet walls for free, which is brilliant, but what if you need more? We’ve got five top tips to help you get the most out of your basic Padlet account.

What is a Padlet anyway?

Padlets are simple online noticeboards for displaying information – think of it as the equivalent of digital post-it notes, which can include links, video and audio. It is designed to be collaborative, but there are settings to decide how much viewers can contribute. That makes it a really versatile tool, as you can decide everything from how it looks to the control you have over access, posting, privacy settings and sharing. Available as an app and a web version, it can be accessed through a range of devices.

Check our our handy short guide for more on how to use Padlets

Tip 1. Reusing the same Padlet boards

Work within the three Padlet limit by reusing existing boards. For example, you could use a board as a class noticeboard which is regularly refreshed. Rather than making a new board each week for posting homework etc you can simply export your padlet as a PDF for your records, delete all of the posts on the online version, then post new content to the same board the following week. You could use the same principle to facilitate class discussions or even gather homework. You can even change the board format and design if you want to use it for something different.

Tip 2. Archiving Padlets

If you want to make a new Padlet board but don't want to delete the posts from an older one you can temporarily archive it. Then, if you want to reinstate the older board you can simply archive another active Padlet before unarchiving it.

Tip 3. Sharing Padlets

Don’t forget that you can add a colleague to a board as a collaborator. You can decide how much control they have but, if you make them an administrator, they can essentially use this board as though it were their own. This means that a teacher with a spare Padlet board can share it with a colleague who has run out.

Tip 4. Using a referral code

If lots of staff members are going to be using Padlet, encourage them to sign up via the referral code from the account that you plan to use most frequently. This will result in additional free Padlets for both parties.

Tip 5. Linking to externally hosted content

The 25MB upload limit might seem restrictive but, because Padlet does such a nice job of embedding externally hosted content, this often isn't as much of a problem as it may seem. For example, if you link to a Youtube, Vimeo or even (public) Google Drive video you will see it appear on the board much as it would if you had uploaded the video file directly.

Thanks to Zoheb Jamal from Padlet who we hosted for a really useful webinar – Collaboration, creativity and assessment: In conversation with Padlet. Here's the whole webinar to watch and pick up lots more tips. 

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Summer primary school computing conference

14/06/22,
09:15
- 15:30

This event will build upon the Autumn computing conference by inviting subject leaders to reflect on their year in the role, sharing their successes and challenges. It will also introduce new ideas, tools and approaches through talks and practical activities led by members of the CLC team, with opportunities for attendees to share their own expertise and experience. Over the course of the conference activities will touch on the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. We will also feature advice and examples illustrating the use of technology to support blended learning.

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Summer primary school computing conference
Summer primary school computing conference

This event will build upon the Autumn computing conference by inviting subject leaders to reflect on their year in the role, sharing their successes and challenges. It will also introduce new ideas, tools and approaches through talks and practical activities led by members of the CLC team, with opportunities for attendees to share their own expertise and experience. Over the course of the conference activities will touch on the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology. We will also feature advice and examples illustrating the use of technology to support blended learning.

14/06/22,
09:15
- 15:30
EYFS, KS1, KS2
Computing subject leaders, Teachers...
Creative Arts, Digital and children – CLC meets More Than Robots online
Creative Arts, Digital and children - CLC meets More Than Robots online

Combining forces for the first time, the Connected Learning Centre and More Than Robots have created a session for teachers, youth organisations, researchers and policymakers interested in the digital provision of creative arts for primary aged pupils.

This interactive and inclusive meet up will include inspiring examples of how technology can be used to support learning in music, visual art and drama in person and online at home drawing on our experiences as Tate Exchange associates and our partnership work with a range of cultural institutions. 

This informal event is an opportunity to discuss real examples of what does/doesn’t work, meet colleagues from other sectors working on similar challenges and share useful research, news or updates

The morning will include case study presentations followed by a Q&A. There will also be an opportunity for a rapid sharing round for launches, project updates or requests for help and a short break to avoid zoom brain drain.

24/06/22,
09:30
- 11:30
KS1, KS2
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Upcoming Special projects

The News Project
25/11/21,
09:30
- 14:25
KS2

Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

The project will launch with an introductory CPD session for teachers to set the context, demonstrate resources and to plan for the school-based activities. 

Initial CPD session - Thursday 21st October 4pm-5.00pm. 

Project work undertaken in school - October and November.

Special event - Thursday 25th November 9.30am-2.45pm.

The Garden Museum
21/02/22,
-
KS1

The CLC is once again partnering with the Garden Museum to offer a partnership project for KS1 pupils (primarily suited to Yr2). Located next to Lambeth Palace on the bank of the Thames, the museum has an inspiring collection that provides the ideal stimulus for young learners to explore the world around them.

Pupils will use technology alongside the museum’s collection to explore the wonderful world of seeds.

  • How are they planted?
  • How do they spread?
  • What is inside them?

 The Garden Museum has a large collection of seeds and tools that pupils will engage with.

These half-day sessions will take place at the Garden Museum.

There is a limited number of dates available, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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