How to Create an Account 

  • Sign up for a Padlet account with your WashU email address to access the institutional account.  
    • If you have an existing account, click on your avatar in the top right corner and go to Settings. Change the email address to your WUSTL email. It should automatically upgrade you to the premium account after you sign out and back in. If this does not happen automatically, trigger the upgrade at:
  • The premium account allows you to have unlimited Padlets. If you get the free account, you will only be able to have 3 active padlets. 
  • If you have issues setting up your account, please contact 

How to Make a Padlet 

  • From your dashboard, click the pink Make a Padlet button. 

  • You will then choose the type of padlet you want to make: wall, stream, grid, shelf, map, canvas, or timeline.  

  • A new Padlet with an automatically generated Title and Description will be created for you. 

How to Modify your Padlet 

  • If you modify sidebar is not open, double-click on the title or click the gear icon on the top right to open your settings. 
  • Update your settings, including Title, Description, and more. 
  • Consider activating comments and reactions so that students can engage with each others’ posts. 
    • Comments allow users to write comments under each post.
    • Reactions allow users to like, vote, star, or grade posts.


How to Share your Padlet 

  • Click Share on the top right.
    • Similar to Google applications, you can add collaborators with the Add Members option.
    • You can also choose a privacy setting: Private, Password, Secret, and Public. Learn more about those here.
      • Students will not need an account if you use Password or Public. 
      • Recommendation: Use Password if there is sensitive information (e.g., critique, reflections) and Public for anonymous discussion with no identifiers (e.g., wiki about content, general feedback, brainstorming)
    • You can also choose what users can do after viewing your padlet: can read, can write, can edit.   
      • To allow students to post, choose “can write”:


  • To share with students, you can either share the Padlet link or Embed the padlet into a Canvas page.  

    • To share the link, click Copy link to clipboard. 
      • If you set a password, make sure to copy this as well and share with students. 
      • Suggestion: Test out your padlet in an Incognito or Private window to make sure your students can access and write posts on your padlet.
    • To embed into Canvas, click Embed in your blog or your website.
      • Copy the block of HTML text.
      • Open the Canvas page you want to add this padlet to.
      • In the text editor, click the HTML button (</>) in the bottom right of the text box. 
      • Paste the HTML text from Padlet into the box. 
      • Click the HTML button again. 
      • The padlet will now load in the text box. 

How to Test/Use your Padlet 

  • To test your privacy settings, copy the link for your Padlet and open it in a Private or Incognito window of your web browser. 
  • Add a post by double-clicking in the board or clicking the pink + button in the bottom right corner of the screen. 
  • You can also try other features: Move posts around, add multimedia, react, add comments, delete posts, change their colors, and more! 
  • For more information on adding posts to a padlet, see: 

 How to Manage Padlets using the Dashboard

  • Get to your Dashboard from any padlet by clicking “padlet” in the top left corner. 
  • Create folders or archive padlets in your Dashboard to clear out your Dashboard. 
  • You can favorite or “like” padlets by clicking the heart in the top right corner of any padlet. You can then find these padlets on your Dashboard by clicking Liked.