ALEX Learning Activity


Padlet Puts Research Projects in Perspective

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Author: Lisa Rhinehart
System:Pell City
School:Pell City Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1982
Padlet Puts Research Projects in Perspective
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For this learning activity, students will be using a virtual bulletin board called Padlet to create a digital artifact that incorporates research and inquiry skills. Students will also use the Internet to locate digital sources that are related to a topic and include various multimedia components into the Padlet in order to enhance the final project.

This activity was created as a result of the DLCS COS Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 6
27 ) Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate. [W.6.7]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.6.27- Conduct a short research project and construct a product.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 6
R6) Produce, review, and revise authentic artifacts that include multimedia using appropriate digital tools.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • produce a multimedia artifact.
  • review artifacts created by others.
  • revise an artifact based on peer or teacher feedback.
Students know:
  • feedback is important in a design process.
Students are able to:
  • create a multimedia artifact.
  • critique the work of others.
  • revise their work based on feedback received.
Students understand that:
  • much like the writing process, design of a multimedia artifact nets the best results when creators have the opportunity to be given feedback and revise as needed.
Learning Objectives:

  1. Students will create a digital artifact by using the virtual bulletin board Padlet and upload it to Google Classroom.
  2. Students will use the Internet and/or the novel to research interesting facts related to Woodlawn. (other topics)
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

(Students should log into their Google account first)

1. Instruct students to go to Padlet and log in.


2. Select make a Padlet


3. Select shelf template (blue)


4. The next screen allows students to:

  • change the background (upload a picture optional)
  • add a title for the Padlet
  • change fonts
  • other options
  • select next
  • select public and can read


5. At this point, students will need instructions or questions for the selected topic to research. Students will use the Internet and the novel Woodlawn to find five interesting facts related to Tony Nathan, Woodlawn, Tandy Gerelds, civil rights, and segregation. In addition, the students will include an image and the URL.


Sample Padlet (shelf template)


Artic Padlet (canvas template)


6. When students have completed the assignment, then it will be linked to Google Classroom.


7. On the Padlet page, in the upper right-hand corner, instruct students to click on the word share, select public, those with access can read (this is in a drop-down menu so arrow down), then share/export. Students will share the Padlet to Google Classroom by selecting the link. 

Assessment Strategies:


Padlet Rubric


Excellent, complete, meets expectations


Fair/Could use improvement






Student included at least 3 images

Student included at least 2 images

Student included 0 images


No spelling/grammar errors/no slang; Title Case where appropriate

1-2 spelling/grammar errors

3+ spelling/grammar errors


All pictures and text are appropriate for school and relate to the topic. 

Most pictures and text are appropriate for school and some relate to the topic. 

Many pictures and or text is off topic and do not relate to the assignment.


Student described the topic in detail. The topic is explained well enough that the reader will understand the topic.

The student described the topic with little detail. The reader understands little about the topic.


The student did not explain the topic. 


Padlet is organized and easy to follow.

Padlet has good information but it does not flow.

Padlet is hard to follow.


Student copied and pasted the URL to the Padlet for all of the resources, including images.

Student cited most of the material but not all.

The student did not cite his or her sources.

Content 40 points


1-8 is complete and submitted correctly.


1-8 has missing information.

1-8 has many missing components and it was not turned incorrectly.





 Content Requirements:


  1. Login in to Google Classroom
  2. Open your Padlet Account
  3. Create a new Padlet by using the “shelf template.”
  4. Create the following headings

Tony Nathan       Woodlawn      Tandy Gerelds          Civil Rights         Segregation


  1. Use your book and/or the internet and find 5 interesting facts related to the 5 topics.
  2. Include pictures related to the selected facts.
  3. Include the URL.
  4. When your Padlet is complete, upload it to Google Classroom.

Advanced Preparation:

Chromebooks or other devices (1 per student)

Overhead Projector

Internet Access

Novel Woodlawn by Todd Gerelds (or any novel or subject)

Access to Google classroom

Access to Padlet

Sample Padlet for students to model 


Padlet boxes have the ability for students to search the Internet, insert links, and other easy to use features that make this a great tool for research.


In addition, students can use the drop-down menu to search google, find an image, then click on it, and the image will be placed in the designated column.


I strongly suggest allowing the students to have an opportunity to become familiar with the site before using it for an assessment in order to work out the kinks.


The site has many layouts but the shelf and canvas templates work best for a writing assignment.


In addition, once the assignments are complete, I have the students copy the Padlet link and share it on Google Classroom or use the Google Classroom link on the share/export page.

Variation Tips (optional):

Make a hard copy for students who have a difficult time going from the board to the device.


Shorten the assignment for students who have IEPs. 3 facts instead of 5.


Provide students with a partner.


Other Uses:


1. History Timelines

2. Book Reports

3. Scientific Research

4. Historical Figures

5. Current Events

Notes or Recommendations (optional):

Padlet works best if students log into their Google account first. 


If students have a Google e-mail account then it will be easy to log into Padlet. If students do not have a Google account, then they will need an e-mail address and it may be more difficult to use this online activity.


I suggest a short practice activity that is easy and fun, so students can learn the basics of Padlet. By doing this, the teacher is not trying to teach the students how to use the site while they are adding the content. 


Padlet Tip Sheet

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