OK , so I’ve already written about Padlet once, and this is only my seventh post, but I have to write about Padlet again already. Because they just brought a whole lot of FRESH to Padlet. I noticed last week when I was introducing Padlet to some teachers that they added some new formatting, but apparently that was just the tip of the iceberg.
If you’re not already familiar with this incredibly versatile, free online tool, check out my post from May 10, 2017. This “update” increases the choices of basic formats from 3 to 5, and also adds 9 templates to choose from. (Think graphic organizers for a collaborative website.)
First, the Fresh formats.
They kept the easy-on-the-eyes vertical Stream layout and the Grid layout. They also retained the Free-form, which is known as Canvas, so you can still have students organize by characteristics and find things in common during and after brainstorming. They have added “Wall”, which you build by adding the content like bricks, and “Shelf”, which allows stacking within columns. This provides a best-of between the flexibility of Canvas with the cleaner appearance of the Grid.
Now, onto the Fresh templates. You’ve always been able to customize the background of your Padlet. In addition to a growing library of backdrops they provide, you could also upload your own background. So, if you had a graphic organizer you wanted to put in the background, you could. You still can. But now they’ve made templates to cover some of those needs.
As you can see, they have added Kanban Board, Q&A, Moodboard, Bookmarks, Organizational Chart, Storyboard, (yes, Storyboard!) KWL Chart and Video Playlist, each with a brief description, in case “Kanban Board” is a new term to you.
You may have noticed I said earlier there were 9 templates, but that’s only 8. This is the best part! What is the 9th template?
Whatever you want it to be!
Wow. That’s Fresh. That’s Padlet.