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Padlet is a media rich, easy to use, mobile-friendly, online 'digital canvas', which can be used for collaborative learning, or for individual use.  It is a great way to collect digital resources, for example as a mood-board.  There are many themes and layouts to choose from.  A variety of items can be posted onto a Padlet board, such as text, pictures, audio, videos, sketches, links, maps, and documents. No special software is needed, as Padlet is accessed via any web-browser; or the Padlet app.  

The university has a Padlet 'BackPack' site licence. This enables staff and students to create, and contribute to, an unlimited number of Padlet boards, which can also be saved and shared in various formats.  Padlet is integrated with NILE, and is supported by the Learning Technology Team.  Below is a screenshot to give you an idea of what a Padlet might look like:

a screenshot of padlet

How do I log in to Padlet?


1.       Go to       please make sure you type in .org

2.       DON'T type in your Username and password!  Instead, click the button  LOG IN WITH MICROSOFT 

3.       Select your University Office 365 account – click your UoN email address; enter your UoN password

4.       You are now logged into your University (‘Backpack’) Padlet account.

How do I use the Padlet app?


Open the Padlet app, then scroll down at the login screen, and choose Backpack/Briefcase User, then use as the domain, and log in through Microsoft   (

image of 3 devices with the Padlet app on screen

How do I create a Padlet?


  1. Log into Padlet
  2. From your Dashboard, click +  MAKE A PADLET  button to click to make a padlet
  3. Select the layout of Padlet you would like to set up (the descriptions are below each), or scroll further down to choose a template:

    select Padlet layout

  4. You are now in the 'Modify' panel.  The following steps are all in this panel, you will just need to scroll down!
    4.1  Add your own Title.
    4.2  Add a description (optional - though you could use this to advise students how to add a post)

    4.3 Choose a background wallpaper (you can click MORE for other choices) or Add Your Own

       the Modify panel is where you can change the title, layour, and theme of your Padlet
    4.4 Under 'Theme' you don't need to change any of the default settings
    4.5 Under 'Posting' and 'Collaboration' you don't need to change any of the default settings.  These are the ones I recommend, but change these according to your own preferences for the Padlet you are creating).  Setting New post position to LAST, means that the first post will stay at the top.
    4.6 And finally, you can customise the URL with a short name (I've set the one below as 'example') - this needs to be lower case, with no spaces.
     the Modify panel gives you further options such as being able to customise the URL

  5. Click NEXT (at the top). You are now in the 'People & Privacy' panel.

    5.1 PLEASE set the Privacy to Secret

    5.2 Choose whether you wish those with a link to read only, or to Write (recommended).
    use the People and Privacy panel to set permissions for your Padlet

  6. Click NEXT - and your Padlet is ready to start posting.

Should you require urgent assistance with NILE, please contact the LearnTech Support Helpdesk via the online contact form