One of the most aggravating road blocks to successful world domination is the pop-up window asking for an email address. Nothing makes us shut down faster than being asked to create yet another username and password combination.
Enter Padlet, a browser-based blank slate. The tool-formerly-known-as Wallwisher lets users create a virtual bulletin board with very few layout constraints. The best part? You don’t need an account to contribute content.
While Padlet is a great tool for personal use (and may be responsible for naming your baby), community go-getters are utilizing this site to mobilize the masses. Here are four ways you can harness its power and use it for good:
- Create a no-holds-barred website. Padlet allows users to add and arrange content with very few barriers. Users can drag-and-drop photos, videos, and text documents from their device into Padlet, rearranging them in whatever fashion fits their needs. Even those with no coding experience can make a website. The company TooBigHasFailed.org created a nifty companion to their main blog-style site, highlighting content in an easily-digestible format.
- Stop your students from falling asleep. Padlet is gaining popularity as a viable classroom tool. This year, it received an endorsement from the American Association of School Librarians, and we all know that when librarians get involved, things just got real. Enrich your lesson plan with some easily-accessibly visuals, or let students show off their projects. Once your project needs are complete, you can export your wall to a PDF document or spreadsheet for easy distribution.
- Start an international book club. Anyone with an Internet connection can contribute to a Padlet wall (although there are security features that a wall administrator can enable, including password-protection and approval of all content prior to posting). Multiple people can contribute to the wall at once, making it a great tool for real-time collaboration. One classroom uses Padlet to streamline their participation in Global Read Aloud, an international classroom collaboration project.
- Thank a community hero. Padlet’s ascension beyond individual user accounts makes it an ideal tool for community collaboration. For public boards, there is no effort required beyond a double-click; no account creation is necessary. One successful showcase of Padlet’s unification power is New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s tribute to Hurricane Sandy relief workers. Even those with limited Internet knowledge can make their voices heard.
If Padlet sounds like a logical next step for your plans of world domination, visit their blog for further information. If you have used Padlet or other collaborative brainstorming tools successfully, share it with the group and post your link below!