Saturday, December 11, 2010

The 12 Days of Techmas - Day 3: Wallwisher

On the 3rd day of Techmas, I bring you Wallwisher. This fun site allows you to create a message board where people can post sticky notes in response to a question that you leave them. The sign up and page setup is extremely easy. The best part of all is that it's free!

To leave a comment on a wall, simply double-click to begin typing. You also have the option of linking to a website, video or picture from the internet. Want to try it? Leave a comment on this wall:

When setting up your wall you have the option to customize the URL of the wall as well as the background and icon of your page. All that is left is to type in a question along with a subsection for instructions. Before activating your wall, you can specify who can see your wall, as well as who can post to your wall. An added bonus for teachers is that you have the option to approve any comment before it becomes public. This works well in situations where you aren't looking for immediate feedback.

Here are some of my favourite ways to use Wallwisher in the classroom:

  • Book Reviews - students can create quick book reviews along with images
  • Feedback - students can leave you feedback on how your lesson went
  • Students Questions - allow students to ask questions anonymously
  • Image Search - students search for and post images
  • Polling Students - get more objective responses from students
  • Thank You Wall - allow students to leave a short thank you message to someone
  • Previous Learning - students write about what they already know about a topic before they learn

For some more suggestions check out "31 Interesting ways to use Wallwisher in the classroom:"

TOMORROW: Card Funk - just in time for Christmas

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