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Introduction to Padlet

What is Padlet?

Padlet is an online tool that allows you to create different types of 'boards' to develop and share ideas or content and to collaborate with other students and teaching staff in real-time. Padlet supports the use of different file types, including multimedia, making it a rich and flexible way to build digital artifacts, learning material and much more. 'Padlet' refers to both, the tool or platform as well as an individual board.

In this guide you can find out how to:

Get an account

As a student you do not need an account to contribute to a padlet anonymously. If your teacher shares a link with you to a padlet to view it or contribute anonymously, you don't require an account to access the padlet. However, if the contributions are to be personally identifiable or if you want to create and share your own padlets, you require an account.

Follow the guide on how to Set up a Padlet account.

Login to padlet

  1. In a browser, go to
  2. Click on Log in with Microsoft.
  3. Enter your email address in this format: (e.g.
  4. Enter your University IT account username (e.g. u1234567).
  5. Enter your University IT account password.
  6. Complete two-step authentication.
  7. Welcome to Padlet.

Create a padlet

Before you can create a padlet, you must have created an account and logged in. You can create an unlimited number of padlets:

  1. There are a few ways to 'Make a padlet', depending on your device.
  2. Select suitable padlet board type:
    • Wall: Arrange content in columns of boxes.
    • Canvas: Group and connect content in flexible ways.
    • Stream: Arrange content in one line, top-to-bottom feed.
    • Grid: Arrange content in rows of boxes.
    • Shelf: Arrange content in a series of columns.
    • Backchannel: Content is added in a chat like manner.
    • Map: Arrange content with points on a world map.
    • Timeline: Arrange content along a horizontal line.
  3. Start creating:
    1. Find out How to post.
    2. Find out How to format posts.

Privacy settings

By default, all padlets are created as 'secret'. Which means the URL is available to you but isn't published publicly. This allows you to share the padlet without needing to change the privacy settings.

The privacy settings can be changed to:

  • Private: Keep the padlet hidden from the public. Even if someone manages to get to it, they should not be able to access it.
  • Password: Keep the padlet hidden from the public. If I choose to share it with someone, they should require a password to access it.
  • Secret: Keep the padlet hidden from the public. If I choose to share it with someone, they should be able to access it.
  • Org wide: Keep the padlet hidden from the public. Let anyone from University of Warwick access this padlet.

Follow the Padlets & Privacy guide to change your Padlet's privacy settings.

Share a padlet

A padlet can be shared in a variety of ways, including via:

  • Link (URL)
  • QR code
  • Email

For these sharing options, please follow the instructions in the How to share guide from Padlet.

You can also export a padlet in the following formats: Image, PDF, CSV or Excel Spreadsheet. Follow the instructions in the Exporting Padlet to PDF guide. Alternatively, you can print a padlet in its online format.
The information on this page relates to Padlet and was last updated August 2020.