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News for Padlet fans and newbies

If you’re like me, Padlet has been a go-to tool for brainstorming, back channeling, collaborating, collecting ideas and media and even for portfolio building–well, forever.

Over the past few weeks one of our favorite platforms added some features that make it an even more powerful teaching and learning tool.

1. Formats

 In addition to Wall, Stream and Grid, from the Create page, we now have two new Padlet formats.

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The Shelf format: allows us to easily sort posts into columns, facilitating KWL charts, weekly planning, SWOT analyses, etc.

The Canvas format: allows us to move items around free-form style, facilitating, mind mapping, flow charts, process charts, organizational charts, etc.

It is super easy to convert a Padlet from one format to another, for instance to sort, or have kiddos sort, all those back channel comments into categories after a class, or event.

2. Templates

On the Create page, you will now also find a variety of Templates. So, instead of starting from scratch, you may be inspired by Padlets in the forms of mood boards, organizational charts, bookmarks,  Q&A sessions,  kanban (to do, doing, done) boards,  KWL charts, video playlists, and storyboards.  The Padlet folks encourage users to suggest additional templates.

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Here’s a template of an organizational chart using the Canvas format:

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The new Focus Mode features allows you to examine updates at your own convenience without seeing incoming posts jumping around to distract you and others viewing. This is very handy when you expect input from larger groups–say at conferences and events–or even from a class and when you kinda want things to be static for a few minutes.  You’ll get the little message below and you can simply refresh your Padlet when you are ready to view the updates.

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4. Inline reading

The Inline Reader feature conveniently allows you to read stories from more than 50,000 websites without having to leave your Padlet. Inline also works with embedded audio and video.

And there’s more.

Here are some highlights of other news recently announced in the Padlet blog:

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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