Brain Storming Using Padlet

Brainstorming in a Socially-Distanced Classroom using Padlet

  • Brainstorm is a process encouraging students to generate ideas in a creative manner.

  • It gives students a chance to tap into previous knowledge and form connections with the current topic.

Key Skills

  • Managing information and thinking

  • Managing myself

  • Communicating

  • Being literate

  • Being creative

Required Resources

In the Classroom

  • Padlet account. (Trial version is sufficient & students do not necessarily need an account)

  • Teacher PC / Laptop

  • Projector

  • Students: Mobile phones, tablets or chrome book.

Online Teaching & Learning

  • Padlet account. (Trial version is sufficient)

  • Teacher PC / Laptop

  • GoogleMeet

  • Students: Mobile phones, tablets or chrome book.

The Technology: Padlet

Padlet is a digital canvas to create beautiful projects that are easy to share and collaborate on. It works like a piece of paper. We give you an empty page - a padlet - and you can put whatever you like on it. Drag in a video, record an interview, snap a selfie, write your own text posts or upload some documents, and voilà! A padlet is born.


  • Padlet is a premium service, however new users are allowed to have three padlets at a time.

  • Once a Padlet canvas has been completed, the teacher can download the Padlet as a PDF document and share with the class on Google Classroom.

How to use Padlet: Instructional Videos.

How to use Padlet: The Basics for teachers

How to Use Padlet for Students: The Basics

Teaching Remotely with Padlet

Classroom Approaches / Strategies

• Carefully frame the question that needs to be brainstormed so that maximum ideas may be generated.

• Set a realistic time limit, around 10/15 minutes.

• Emphasise that there are no right or wrong answers to encourage students to contribute.

• Students either work individually or in virtual groups / pairs.

• The teacher coordinates and manages the brainstorming session without adding their evaluation to comments presented by the students.

Junior Cycle for Teachers Resource

Points to Note / Alternative Approaches.

  • Students working together in groups can generate lots of ideas.

  • Ensure all students get an equal opportunity to share.

  • Brainstorming could be used as a stimulus for creative or functional writing, vocabulary development on a topic in languages or for relevance of a scientific discovery in our lives etc.

Alternative Approaches.

• An alternative online approach could be to use mind-mapping technologies such as SImpleMind or Coggle. Each student produces their own Coggle / SimpleMind. They can either share through Google Classroom or present & talk about their mindmap using the "Present" function on GoogleMeet.

• Another alternative might be to use a shared GoogleDoc preformatted with a placemat between four students.


Example of student feedback on a Padlet wall used during an English poetry lesson.