Backpack permissions

If you are the owner of a Backpack account, you can set permissions for teachers and students in your account. These permissions include the default padlet privacy for new padlets, whether students can create padlets, and whether teachers can access the user management page.

Accessing permissions

If you are the owner/administrator of your Backpack account, you can access your Backpack Permissions from your settings. Start by logging into your Backpack account ending in padlet.org, then click on the three-dot ellipsis button (...) in the bottom left corner of your dashboard > Settings > Permissions.

From here, you can toggle between the Students and Teachers tabs to set permissions for each role.

Managing permissions

Students

In the Students permissions page, there are two categories. Under Padlets, you can choose whether students can create padlets. If you want students to create padlets, you can choose which privacy settings they can use for their padlets. You can also select the default privacy setting and visitor permissions for their padlets.

Under Community, you can decide whether students will have access to the Gallery from their dashboard.

Teachers

In the Teachers permissions page, there are two categories. Under Padlets, you can choose whether teachers can create padlets. If you want teachers to create padlets, you can choose which privacy settings they can use for their padlets. You can also select the default privacy setting and visitor permissions for their padlets.

Under Members, you can manage whether teachers can add new teachers and students to your Backpack account. You can also decide if teachers can edit existing members. If you turn OFF both features, teachers will still have access to the user management page, but they will not be able to add or edit members.

Available privacy options and defaults

If you allow teachers or students to create padlets in your Backpack account, you can choose which privacy options they can use for their padlets. Learn more about Backpack privacy settings.

Once you have selected the available privacy options, go to the Defaults and click the dropdown menu to adjust the default privacy setting. This means that new padlets created by that user type will default to your chosen privacy setting. Users will still be able to adjust the privacy of their padlets depending on the privacy options available to them, but new padlets will be set to your default.

In addition to setting the default privacy setting for new padlets, you can set the default Visitor permissions for new padlets. The options are Reader and Writer. Reader means that new padlets will be default to read-only. These users can comment and react to others' posts but cannot make posts of their own. Writer means that new padlets will default to allow visitors the ability to make posts on the tablet.

FAQs

What permissions do you recommend?
By default, we enable all options. However, the permissions you use are highly dependent on how you intend to use Padlet, on how tech savvy your users are, and simply on your preferences! Here are a few questions to consider.

How will teachers be sharing padlets? If they are sharing the padlet URLs with licensed students, they can use any privacy setting except for Private. If they are sharing the padlet URLs with unlicensed members, they can only use the settings Secret or Password. If they are embedding padlets, they will need to use the privacy setting Secret.

Will you be giving accounts to your students? If no, they will not be able to access padlets set to Org only and their posts will be anonymous. If yes, use the Link privacy setting Org only - Hidden or Dashboard to guarantee that student names will appear on their posts.

Do you want students to create padlets? Or do they only need to post on teacher padlets?

Who should have access to the privacy setting Org only - Dashboard? Padlets set to this privacy setting will be available on everyone’s dashboard throughout your account. If you do not want students or teachers to use this setting, you can disable it for either or both roles.

If you want to discuss your options with us, don't hesitate to reach out.
Why don't I see the permissions page in my settings?
The Permissions page is only available for Backpack accounts. Only the owner and admin of the Backpack account will have access to the Permissions page. If you are the owner or an admin of a Backpack account, you are logged into your Backpack account, and you do not see the Permissions page, contact us.
Should I let students create padlets?
That's a question for you and your administrative team! But if you want our opinion, we think you should. Here's why: padlets are engaging and fun! Giving students the option to make padlets will give them a creative outlet for expression. Let them make moodboards, playlists, and presentations with Padlet. Let them submit padlets instead of boring documents. Instead of preventing them from creating padlets, consider limiting the privacy settings they can use. For example, considering letting them create padlets only under the Org only setting, which would only allow other licensed members of your Backpack account to access the padlet.


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