How to Customize Padlet Walls: Plus FREE Graphic Organizers!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 / 6 comments
Padlet is one of my favorite collaborative web tools to use with students that I have used for years. I love how versatile it is and how one can access a Padlet wall on laptops, Chromebooks, iPads and Android devices! If you are not familiar with Padlet then click HERE.

Free graphic organizers and tutorial on how to custom Padlet walls. Great for communication and collaboration when using technology in the classroom. Works on laptops, chromebooks and iPads.




This week I helped a 5th grade class incorporate technology into their novel study groups. The teacher wanted to use Padlet for each team to gather ideas and brainstorm the events that they read about each day. I mentioned how anyone can MAKE a background for a Padlet wall to help students organize their digital sticky notes. She was so excited about this possibility! I whipped up these graphic organizers for the teacher to choose from each week and I wanted to share them with YOU:
Free graphic organizers and tutorial on how to custom Padlet walls. Great for communication and collaboration when using technology in the classroom. Works on laptops, chromebooks and iPads.
Click the image to download
We ended up making four different Padlet walls--one for each novel study group. Thank goodness for the remake feature that allowed us to quickly and easily make four different walls! Press the button once and BOOM the new board pops up in your dashboard.

Use the REMAKE feature in Padlet to quickly and easily make multiple Padlet walls

Once the students worked together on their individual devices to add their ideas to the graphic organizer, the teacher printed the wall, deleted the post-its and uploaded a different graphic organizer for the next assignment. That way she didn't have to keep recreating 4 different walls each time. Honestly, creating a wall takes NO time and she may have spent more time deleting the post-its. However, this worked for her because she didn't have to print out different QR Codes to get to the new Padlet walls (for those who were using iPads) and didn't have to post new urls in her Google Classroom.

Note: We learned the hard way. The sticky notes will appear in different locations on the graphic organizers IF the students use different devices but work on the same board. Therefore, we had one group use iPads while the other three groups used their Chromebooks.

Here is a quick video tutorial I created to show how you can upload these graphic organizers to be the background of a Padlet wall: 


Note: As I indicate in the video, you will most likely need to expand your browser window so the graphic organizer doesn't appear cut off. 

I created these graphic organizers in PowerPoint and saved them as a jpeg. I did have to play with the formatting a bit. After a little trial and error, I finally had the size that fit perfectly on the Padlet wall. Give it a try!

Other ideas for customized Padlet wall activities include:
  • Having students label a diagram (parts of a cell, parts of a plant, layers of the Earth, maps, etc.)
  • Digital Board Game
  • Sorts (words, shapes, math sentences, etc.)
  • Exit Cards
  • Graphing 
Other Padlet Resources:

What are some other ways we could customize Padlet activities for our students? Leave your ideas in the comments!

6 comments:

  1. Thank you! These are great. I have been using BoardThing for a few weeks thanks to YOU. It works So much better on the iPads. Is there a way to change the backgrounds on BoardThing?

    Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

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    1. I loooove BoardThing!! I haven't found a way to upload a background. We should tweet that out to Gareth Marland who created BoardThing and Dotstorming :O Maybe he could add that feature!

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  2. These are great - but the venn diagram (the only one I've tried) is completely cut off. Even when I expand the browser and put it on full screen it doesn't fix it... any ideas? Thanks!

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    1. Hey Stephanie! Hum....let's see. We used Chrome the other day but I also tested these out with Safari and the Padlet app. I wonder if it would correct the issue if you zoomed out your browser (go to settings and Zoom then minimize the screen size)? Email me if that doesn't work and we can figure something else out :) contact@thetechieteacher.net

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  3. Same thing happened to me with the main ideas and details graphic organizer .

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    1. Hum....let's see. We used Chrome the other day but I also tested these out with Safari and the Padlet app. I wonder if it would correct the issue if you zoomed out your browser (go to settings and Zoom then minimize the screen size)? Email me if that doesn't work and we can figure something else out :) contact@thetechieteacher.net

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