Magic Padlet

Magic Padlet uses the power of generative AI to create an entire padlet based on your description. This is a feature that we are constantly updating as we review how people are using it. This guide aims to help you understand how to use Magic Padlet most effectively.

How to access Magic Padlet

Click the Make a padlet button in the top-right corner of the dashboard, followed by the green ✨ button.

Who can access?

Anyone with a "Teacher" account type can use Magic Padlet.

Anyone can switch their account type to "Teacher" by going to Settings > Basic info and editing the Account type field.

Otherwise, you will automatically be able to access Magic Padlet if you are a teacher within a Backpack or Classroom account.

Uses of Magic Padlet

You can think of Magic Padlet as a tool to rapidly create drafts based on ideas you have for a padlet. Like any tool it is better for some applications than others.

Generating factual content

The AI behind Magic Padlet has a comprehensive understanding of common human knowledge. You can ask it to create lists, timelines, maps, summaries and explorations of almost any topic you can think of.

Example: "a list of fictional books that I could study with my 11th grade students. Include the themes of each book."


Magic Padlet is excellent at generating lists of ideas to help you brainstorm any topic.

Example: "eight ideas for a craft activity that I can do with my class of 1st graders to create something for Mother's Day."


Magic Padlet can generate padlets using the "Map" format. You can ask it to create a map as long as all of the contents have a location tied to it. Ensure you include the word "map" in the prompt.

Example: "a map of the six most popular national parks in the US"


Magic Padlet can create mostly blank padlets that have room for other people to add to. It usually works better if you mention is should be blank/empty or that it's for people to add their own posts.


  • "an empty template for first-year biology students to summarize concepts learned in lab, ask questions, and share resources."
  • "four columns for students to vote on how they found the class. Each column will represent their mood"

Limitations to consider

Magic Padlet has the following limitations, many of which we are actively working to solve:

  • It has no knowledge of world events after April 2023
  • In rare cases it can "hallucinate" and respond with information that is not factual
  • The maximum number of posts you can ask for is approximately twenty
  • It does not have any knowledge of your account or the padlets you have already created

Best practices for crafting effective prompts

The quality of the generated padlet is usually tied to how descriptive your prompt is. This is known as "prompt engineering". Here are some tips for getting the best results:

  • Clearly describe exactly what you want and avoid ambiguity.
  • If the result isn't quite what you wanted, think of a different way to word it and try again.
  • Update the "I am a..." text field to change the voice with which the padlet is written. For example: "english noblewoman from the Victorian era".

Privacy and Security

The AI that Magic Padlet uses is hosted by a 3rd party service. We do not send any information to this AI other than what you directly enter into the "I am a..." and "I want to create..." text inputs.

So, we do not send any information about your organization, account, or padlet contents to any 3rd party as part of this feature.

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