I have been using Padlet a lot recently. What I like about it, is its versatility and simplicity. For anyone who hasn’t used it before, Padlet is a digital canvas which works like a piece of blank paper where you can post text, links and upload images, video, audio, documents…
You can customise your canvas by changing the wallpaper (background) and the layout (free form, stream or grid.) There are different privacy settings (useful when working with younger students), and the option to moderate posts before they appear on the canvas. Padlet Backpack is a paid version which offers more control, privacy and extra security for schools.
I have only used group canvases that I have created in my own Padlet account, although students can create their own if they set up an account. I then share the link or embed the canvas on the class wiki. In this way students don’t need to log in and I have more control (a bonus if you aren’t using Padlet Backpack and working with teens!)
Ways I’ve used Padlet: