Padlet is a bit like a wall where you can virtually stick post-it notes, only the post-it notes can contain all kinds of different media – including text, images, links and video. The wall can be shared with students, and they can see (and if permitted, comment on) each other’s posts.

Suggestions for use include:

  • Icebreaker activities
  • Sharing resources
  • Providing examples
  • Illustrated timelines
  • Gathering ideas and different student perspectives
  • Portfolios
  • Peer feedback
  • Showcasing student work

There are so many different ways that Padlet can be used. Our colleagues in ACE have developed some training resources, and shared some great examples of what they use it for.

Using Padlet – Individual account

You can set up a free account on Padlet by going to This will allow you to create a maximum of three boards. You can get students to contribute to a board by setting the privacy to ‘Secret’ (available to anyone with the link, but unlisted) and the visitor permissions to ‘Can Write’. There is also the option to require a password if you wish. Students do not need a Padlet account to contribute. You can simply share the Padlet link with them and they can add to it anonymously.

UWE account

If you require more than three boards, then staff in FET should email There are a limited number of licences available for the Backpack version (Padlet’s education licence) which is administered by our colleagues in ACE, and runs until February 2022. This will allow you unlimited boards and the ability to restrict them to be viewed or edited by others on the UWE account (please note: this does not include students. You still need to use the settings as above to allow students to access your boards).

Important: We currently do not have a GDPR (data protection) agreement with Padlet. However, it can be used with students as long as they are not being asked to set up a Padlet account. They can participate fully without an account. Please also be aware of this if students are sharing sensitive/private information. As this is currently not a core UWE teaching technology, there is no support model in place and no central training available.

Alternatives to Padlet

UWE has been looking at alternatives to Padlet including Microsoft Whiteboard, which is already available to all staff and students. Other collaborative tools include:

  • Mentimeter: You can gather short text contributions from students (e.g. for brainstorming or Q&A) using the Open-ended slide type.
  • OneDrive: Students can collaborate on Word documents or Excel spreadsheets by sharing from their OneDrive.
  • Blackboard: There is a Discussion Board tool in Blackboard where students can write and attach files which will then be available to all students and staff on the module.
  • Miro: For some courses there may be a case for using Miro, particularly for subjects where this tool is commonly used in industry. If you would like to know more about use of Miro for FET staff, please email


(Updated from the original post by Carol Graham, 14th October 2020)

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