Quick start guide: Welcome to Backpack for administrators!

Thanks for choosing Padlet Backpack. Here’s how to quickly sign up and get started.

Want a more comprehensive guide? Check out this article.

Prefer to watch a video? This covers everything below.

1. Sign up for your account

The first step is to sign up for a Backpack account. Even if you have an existing Padlet account, you need to use this link to sign up for Backpack: https://padlet.com/premium/backpack/try?try-padlet

The most important part of this step is choosing your Backpack domain. This is the unique URL that your teachers and students will use to access Padlet Backpack. So, if you choose the domain fakeschool.padlet.org, that is the URL that everyone will use to sign into Padlet.

Once you choose your Backpack domain, you can skip the next screen to get started with step 2.

2. Enable single sign-on

If you only want your users to log in with email and password, you can skip this step.

From the dashboard, open your organization settings by clicking the three dot ellipsis button (...) in the lower left corner of the screen > Settings > Organization info.

We recommend enabling third-party login (aka single sign-on or SSO). Click the pencil icon next to Third party log in to select your provider - either Google, Microsoft, or Classlink. Once you choose your provider, more options will appear below.

We recommend toggling 'Create student accounts automatically' to the ON position if you are adding students to your account. If you enable this feature, when someone with your email domain accesses your Backpack domain (like fakeschool.padlet.org) and clicks Log in with Google/Microsoft/Classlink, we will assign them a student account automatically. If your students have a different email domain than your teachers, you can add it to the alternative email domain field.

Your changes will save automatically!

For more details on single sign-on, check out this article.

3. Set user permissions

If you want to use the default permissions, you can skip this step.

Backpack accounts have 4 roles: Owner (that’s you!), Admin, Teacher, and Student. The owner and admin can adjust the permissions for teachers and students in your account.

If you followed step 2, click Permissions to access these settings. If you skipped step 2, open the permissions settings from your dashboard by clicking the three dot ellipsis button (...) in the lower left corner of your dashboard > Settings > Permissions. Toggle between Students and Teachers to set permissions for each role.

We recommend adjusting the default privacy setting for teachers to:

  • 'Org only - Hidden' if your students will be licensed.
  • 'Secret' if your students will not be licensed.

We recommend changing the default visitor permissions to:

  • 'Writer' if students typically post on teachers' padlets.
  • 'Reader' if students typically read but don’t post on teacher padlets.

For more on recommended permissions, check out these FAQs.

4. Customize your Content safety settings

Another very important feature for Backpack admins is having the ability to customize which categories of content are moderated by Safety Net. Safety Net is the program we use to filter between safe and unsafe context on a padlet.

Read how to customize your Content safety settings here!

5. Add users

The final step is to add your users. From the dashboard, access the user management page by clicking the three dot ellipsis button (...) in the lower left of your dashboard > Manage people.

We recommend using invite links to add teachers. To access invite links, click Add new user > Invite links and toggle the teacher link to the ON position. Copy the link and distribute it to the teachers who will be using Backpack. When a user clicks this link, they will be assigned a teacher license.

We recommend using automatic account creation through SSO to add students (see step 2 above).

For more methods to add users, check out this article.

You’re done!

Once your users are added, your work is done! Licensed users can import their existing padlets and start creating padlets in your new school account immediately.

Make sure your users are accessing Padlet through your unique URL that you chose during step 1, like fakeschool.padlet.org and not padlet.com.

Please contact us if you have any questions about setting up your Backpack account.

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