Padlet

Padlet

Screenshot of Padlet

Share your padlet examples: http://bit.ly/ytelpadletforum

See our blog post about the Padlet User Group Forum on 5 Dec, 2019, with recordings showcasing good practice.

Padlet is an online collaborative tool that acts as a virtual noticeboard for sharing a variety of content. Padlet boards can be used as a way to gather together thoughts and ideas in a lecture with students using their own devices, or they could be used as an online activity to support independent study.

Students can contribute to a Padlet created by a tutor without needing to register as long as they have a link to it. It is possible to password protect your Padlet so only those who know the password can see it and contribute. Padlets can also be embedded into Yorkshare module sites. Consider carefully how you will

  • archive or retain Padlets if they are key to the course experience.
  • respond to inappropriate posts.
  • communicate responsible behaviour to your learners.

Be sure to only use non-sensitive (ie. non-personal, non-confidential) data within Padlet that will cause no issue if breached or lost:

To use the University’s licenced Padlet account, go to http://uniofyork.padlet.org and login with your University Google account. This allows you to create unlimited Padlets.

Use cases at the University

Padlet poster from teaching and learning conference, 2019

Padlet poster from the Learning and Teaching conference 2019.

Guides and Information

Logging into Padlet:

  1. Go to “https://uniofyork.padlet.org/” (NOT padlet.com)
  2. Click on “Log in with Google”
  3. Then enter your University email address, click “Next”
  4. Enter the password that you use for your University email/the VLE, click “Next”

Further guides:

  • There are many (unofficial) video tutorials of Padlet available on YouTube, as well as written help guidance on the Padlet Help Pages [padlet.com]

Padlet Accessibility

Update June 2021:

Padlet say they have “fixed bugs in padlet pages so that post content area, add post button are announced correctly in screen readers.”
This year they are working on:
  • Add landmarks to padlet screens for easy navigation with screenreaders
  • Label links and buttons correctly
  • Ensure keyboard navigation is visible on padlet dashboard
  • Ensure keyboard navigation is visible on padlet pages
  • Add alt text to user uploaded images.

As far as we’re aware, Padlet does have some general accessibility issues, which you should be aware of if you’re encouraging usage of the tool in your area:

  • Generally:
  • On a PC/laptop:
    • Keyboard navigation works only if used in conjunction with a screen reader, but not when used without (no visual indicator appears on page to flag where your focus currently is)
    • There are no options for an individual user to change their own contrast settings on the site, to do so would rely on third party extensions (doesn’t recognise Windows contrast settings)
    • Can’t add alt text to images, and you’re not prompted to consider things like this when adding objects (feature due end of 2021)
    • Screen readers tend to repeat names of Padlet notes, presumably due to how the site’s coded
    • Exported PDF doesn’t contain any headings to aid navigation, again images don’t have alt text (as none in Padlet source)
  • On a mobile device (same as on a PC/laptop, but also):
There are also some accessibility positives, though:
  • On a PC/laptop:
    • Padlet seems to generally work okay with screen reader software (navigation is possible, and note titles, contents and comments are read out (but no alt text for images, feature due end 2021)
    • There are overarching settings per Padlet board where the owner can flip it from being white background w/ black text to black background w/ white text, which may be helpful for some audiences if they all prefer one over the other (but not if mixed). Viewers can’t change this themselves for their own view though, as above.
    • Default font is sans serif which can be beneficial for dyslexics and similar
    • Content resizes and reflows well if browser is zoomed in/out adjusted (as least on Chrome)
    • Individual notes on a Padlet can have their background colour changed (right click) or text highlighted (double click text for menu), but only if the user has edit rights on that note (so individuals can’t change these settings just for their view)
    • To view a simpler view, users can go to three dots > Print and use the print layout, which is a html page so with browser extensions, you can view with various font and colour changes.
  • On mobile device:
    • Padlet mobile browser view (Safari) works well with pinch zooming for partially sighted students
    • The Padlet mobile app does work with the following in-built iOS accessibility features (I’ve not tested all features):
      • Smart Invert
      • Increase Contrast
      • Colour Filters
      • Zoom Window
      • Voice Control (but very slow on initial loading)
      • Speak Screen
If you’d like to discuss Padlet’s accessibiltiy further, please Contact Us.

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