It's been over a year since I first came across Padlet, so it's high time I wrote about it again. Especially as I still think it's rather neat, and it's been through a lot of tweaks and improvements recently.
In a nutshell, Padlet is a screen-based whiteboard onto which you can write text or paste images. You can then move each of those items around on the board, as though each were a sticky yellow note. This makes it great as a way to organize plans, thoughts, shopping lists, the structure for your next book, or whatever else is on your mind.
Padlet is web-based, so there's nothing to download or install. You can access it with any modern web browser, from wherever you happen to be, and it's free to use. And if you want to download your creation for safekeeping, you can save it as an image file, or PDF, or text document. Or just keep it online so you can maintain it more easily in the future.
Perhaps the cleverest part of Padlet is that it's multi-user. You can collaborate with others, even in real time. I was at a conference recently, where the presenter was asking for ideas, and he asked everyone to sign into the same Padlet whiteboard. As each person typed, their entries appeared on the screen automatically for everyone to see. If you need to work with others on compiling, say, a list of invitees to a party, it's a brilliant solution. Even if the contributors aren't all in the same place at the same time.
Padlet is free to use and you'll find it at www.padlet.com if you fancy giving it a try.
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