Padlet App – How to Log in

Padlet app is available for most mobile devices / operating systems – search for “Padlet” in your app store and download the app for free.

Make sure you have already created a CCCU Padlet account as the first time you use the app you will be asked to log in and there is a specific way to do this using the University’s full licence (called ‘Backpack’):

  1. on launch, choose Log in
  2. at the bottom of the next page choose the option for Backpack or Briefcase user? Log in here (this is the name of Padlet’s subscription service that the University is part of to make use of its full features)
  3. when prompted to enter your domain enter CCCU and choose Continue
  4. finally, choose Continue with Microsoft to be taken to the University’s standard login page and enter your University credentials [username] (e.g. and password

You will only need to do this once, unless you choose to logout of the app in the future.

Note: if you experience an issue logging in with the app on an Android device, please delete and reinstall the app.

Padlet Training

An introduction to Padlet will demonstrate how easy it is to create ‘Padlets’ and share these with students to work collaboratively or create a read-only wall, which you can either embed directly into your Blackboard site or use to engage your students during a Collaborate session.

Scheduled sessions are bookable via StaffSpace 

Logging into your CCCU Padlet Account

Once you have created your CCCU Padlet account

  • Go to or select the Padlet link from your Blackboard Institution page, under Additional Technology and IT Services.
image of the Padlet link found on Blackboard Institution Page

  • If you have already signed in to Blackboard then you will be automatically directed to your CCCU Padlet dashboard

If you are wanting to Post or add a Comment to a Padlet that you have been given access to via a link but have not signed in, your Post or Comment will be anonymous. However, you can log in at any point by

  • Selecting the Log In from the top right-hand corner of the Padlet wall
screen image highlighting the Log In icon at the top right-hand corner of a Padlet wall
  • Select to Log in with Microsoft
screen image of the Log in with Microsoft window open with the option highlighted
  • Follow the steps to log in with your CCCU email and password and MS authenticator

Your Post and Comments will now display with your name.

If you prefer your Posts or Comments to remain anonymous then do not log in.

Ideas for using Padlet

The following links provide some ideas on how you may wish to use Padlet for Learning and Teaching.

7 Ideas for learning & teaching

  1. Prior Knowledge: Use a Padlet wall to ascertain what students already know about a particular topic. Students just post their knowledge on Padlet, so you can see how to build your lesson.
  2. Resource Curation: Create a thematic or topic based Padlet wall and ask students to post a resource and provide a brief synopsis about it. Can be used for collaborative notetaking on a presentation that was given.
  3. Journal Annotations: Ask your students to post a journal article they have read and provide some annotative text around it.
  4. Student Reflections: At the end of a topic or module, use a Padlet wall to collect student reflections on what was learnt and what students need more help with.
  5. Storyboarding: Use a Padlet wall to ‘storyboard’ when developing stories, dialogue, games, animations and film.
  6. Prediction: Use a Padlet wall to ask students to predict what happened next around a particular idea, experiment, topic, historical outcome.
  7. Ask A Question: Use a Padlet wall to enable your students to ask questions during the lesson. It’s very handy when students don’t understand something or need a better explanation. Stop your lesson 10 minutes early and go over the questions. This way students who are afraid to ask questions can still ask their questions anonymously. It gives a voice to every student in the room, even to the shy ones.

Downloading a Padlet

Padlets can be downloaded too! Take a ‘snapshot’ of your Padlet and save it in PDF, image, or Excel format.

  1. Open your Padlet Wall and click on the SHARE button towards the top-right of the screen
  2. In the SHARE menu, click on the SHARE/EXPORT/EMBED tab
  3. Scroll down to the Export section and choose what format you want to export to (tip: saving as either an image or PDF tends to be the most user-friendly, but test all the variations to see what works best for the content on the wall)
  4. After a brief loading period you will be presented with your chosen format either as a file or in a new tab. To save from an image you’ll need to right-click the image and choose Save image as…; to save from a PDF click on the download arrow towards the top-right of the screen.

Padlet Privacy Settings

Recommended setting: Privacy setting is ‘Secret’ and Visitor permissions are ‘Can write’.

Your CCCU account Padlets are automatically created with the ‘Secret’ privacy setting. This means your Padlet is hidden from the public and only viewable to you, its creator, and the people that you choose to share it with.

If you link to or embed your Padlet in your Blackboard site any student on your site will then be able to see and contribute to your Padlet. Students who choose to login to Padlet will be identified on their posts by name. Other students’ posts will appear with the author as ‘Anonymous’.

PLEASE NOTE If you set your Padlet privacy settings to ‘Organisation Wide’ ALL users, both staff and students, will see this Padlet on their dashboard and be able to post to it. Please do not use this setting, consult your Digital Academic Developer for advice.

Embedding a Padlet into a Blackboard

  1. Open your Padlet and click on the SHARE button towards the top-right of the screen
  2. In the SHARE menu, scroll down to the SHARE section
  3. Select the option Embed in your blog or on your website
  4. Click on the word COPY under the Full Embed section (larger) box at the top of the side panel. This copies the HTML code powering your Padlet. (a confirmation message will appear to let you know that the link has been copied)
  5. In any Blackboard site in which you have Instructor permissions, go to the area or folder in which you wish to place the link. Select Create > Document
  6. Give the document a Name.
  7. Select to make the document visible / hidden from students or set release conditions.
  8. From the document options select Add HTML
  9. Click in the box that opens and Paste (Ctrl+V) the earlier copied HTML code.
  10. Click on Save at the bottom. Your Padlet should now appear.

For a short video guide on how to embed a Padlet into your Blackboard: How to embed a Padlet into a Blackboard Ultra site

Creating a CCCU Padlet Account

The University has an institutional licence for Padlet (called Padlet Backpack) which allows all staff and students to create a free account with their CCCU or KMMS email address, username, and password. Please ensure that you use your email address. Accounts created in this way allow users to access all free and premium content! Scroll through the following guide to see how to create an account in this way (page 1), and what to do if you need to move Padlets created from an earlier personal account into your CCCU one (page 2).

Important Note: Once your account has been created, do not change your email address away from your CCCU or KMMS account. This may break your account and result in lost Padlets that may become unrecoverable.

How to Create a Padlet

  1. Log in to your CCCU Padlet Account
  2. From the Dashboard, click +Make a Padlet
  3. Select the layout of Padlet you would like to set up
  4. Your new Padlet will open together with the Modify panel on the right-hand side
  5. Give your Padlet a Title and add a Description
  6. Scroll through the steps in the Modify panel to customise
    1. the URL
    2. its appearance, colour scheme, font
    3. posting options
    4. content filter
    5. privacy settings
  7. Select Next from the top right-hand corner of the Modify panel to start posting.
  8. You can go back to Modify your Padlet at any time by simply selecting the Cog icon in the top right-hand area of your Padlet screen.


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Padlet is a great tool for creating a shared space between you and your students/colleagues. They can be personal or collaborative, private or shared! Create a ‘Padlet Wall’ to host class questions, share ideas and media – in or out of live sessions, or provide your class with your own pre-populated read-only wall filled with additional readings, clips, links and much more.