Magic Padlet

Magic Padlet uses the power of generative AI to create an entire padlet based on your description. This is a beta 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.

Only teacher accounts in Backpack and Classroom plans have access to Magic Padlet as part of our beta release

How to access Magic Padlet

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

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.

Eg. "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.

Eg. "eight ideas for a craft activity that I can do with my class of 1st graders to create something for mothers day."


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

Eg. "a map of the six most popular national parks in the US"

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 September 2021
  • In rare cases it can "hallucinate" and respond with information that is not factual
  • It cannot generate a blank template of a padlet for people to fill in
  • It cannot generate padlets with sections
  • The maximum number of posts you can ask for is approximately twenty

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. Eg. "english noblewoman from the victorian era".

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