Padlet: Engage and Get Them Thinking

One of my favorite tools for student engagement and discussion is Padlet (formerly Wallwisher).  I am such a big fan that I wrote about Wallwisher for SchoolArts a few years ago and presented on the renamed Padlet at the AOE Conference in January.   What I love most about Padlet is the ability for ALL students to “speak” simultaneously in an open forum discussing art concepts at a higher level.

Here is an example of one of my classes using Padlet.  Keep in mind this took only 10 minutes of class time and made a huge impact!

Padlet as an Exit Slip

Parking Lot - Sized for Padlet Thanks to my PLN on Twitter I discovered how middle school teacher Sarah Irish uses Padlet with a custom background as a way to check in on a specific topic or just see how things are going with her classes.  Before the students leave class they just make quick post and put it in the appropriate category.

Collaborate anywhere with Padlet!

Thank you to the great art teachers on Facebook who weighed in on the recent decision of tallest skyscraper in America.  You can still add to this wall – just double click and see how easy it is!

Set up a Padlet Wall in 3 minutes or less!

Ok, maybe your first wall might take four minutes, but once you get the hang of it, you can seriously set up a Padlet wall as a last minute idea during class (not that you aren’t perfectly prepared all the times, of course).  The video below shows you how easy it is to create a wall and even moderate posts.

What do you think? Is this something you could use in your classroom?

Theresa McGee

Hello! My name is Theresa McGee and I am a National Board Certified Art Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator teaching in Hinsdale, Illinois. My curriculum is structured around creative thinking and technology integration into the learning process. I have authored eighteen articles for the Tech4ArtEd Column in SchoolArts Magazine and several iTunes U courses for professional development. I've presented at the state and national levels including several online webinars for art educators. In 2010, I was awarded Illinois Elementary Art Educator of the Year and in 2011 I was awarded the national PBS Teacher Innovator award. I love to share ideas that contribute to the art education profession!


  • December 1, 2013


    Hi Theresa
    Wow! I really like Padlet. I currently use Edmodo to post links/photos/polls, but it has limitations. Padlet seems very flexible. Thanks for posting.

  • December 4, 2013

    Melissa Enderle

    Thanks Theresa for the reminder about how Padlet can be used in the art room. Coincidentally, I just read your 2010 article this morning in the print version of SchoolArts, which my librarian gave to me yesterday. The exit ticket is a great idea. I may use that as a way of gauging how far my 5th graders are with their current project, their current understanding of the steps/concept, and any questions that remain. Your article ideas on using it as a matching game as well as a common space for resources help expand Padlet’s use to other aspects of art.

  • February 28, 2014


    Hi – am trying to find out the dimensions for creating a custom wallpaper in Padlet – can’t find it anywhere – even on the padlet site. I notice you made one – would you mind sharing the dimensions in pixels that you used? thank you

  • March 2, 2014

    Theresa McGee

    The dimension size of the exit slip custom background is 960×576. Hope that helps!

  • March 2, 2014


    thanks so much! really appreciate that


  • October 28, 2014

    Liz H

    I love the idea of using the Padlet wall in classes, especially as a checkout activity. It allows for all students to have a voice and to display their contributions in an equal setting, which is great.
    I have seen apps like Poll Everywhere used in a similar way, although in that case students see their responses as numbers, rather than in their own words.
    Once the students have posted, would they be given time to read through their classmates’ contributions or would the teacher read them to share with the class?

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