5 Fantastic Ways to Use Wallwisher in the Classroom
With everyone going back to school slowly but surely, I’ve been playing with and researching some fun tools to use in the classroom. I’ve known about Wallwisher since FETC 2010 but really didn’t give it much more than a glance or two until now. I have to say, I’m kind of lovin’ it!
So, what is Wallwisher?
Well, Wallwisher is “an online notice board maker.” Kind of a bleak description so to spice it up a little, Wallwisher is an online collaboration tool to share ideas, resources, and thoughts on a particular topic. Ahhh yes, much better…and pretty cool, huh?
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Getting started with Wallwisher is so easy it’s ridiculous:
Sign up for free.
Build a new wall.
Write your topic question/statement/activity.
Specify your Wallwisher URL.
Share link with others.
I think so! Now, for the fun part …
5 fantastic ways to use Wallwisher in the classroom:
- Writing activities – Wallwisher has a 160 character limit for each comment/post that you leave on the wall. Which is, in a way, a good thing! It allows for short story/collaborative projects, essay plans, note-taking, memos, poems, etc… the writing possibilities are endless!
- Brainstorming activities – This is a great ice breaker for the beginning of class! And better yet, it’s a great way to post a homework assignment/food for thought for that evening and then discuss it the next day.
- Vocabulary/Grammar Activities – You could easily use Wallwisher for practicing tenses, definitions, vocabulary matching (you can even use audio or video!), or even find a theme and have the students fill the sticky notes with their ideas for the vocabulary theme!
- Speaking activities – I was never one to love speaking in front of people so Wallwisher is a great way to create short speaking activities to help students feel more comfortable in front of a group of people. These activities could be to talk about a photo or video for X minutes, create a story based upon X number of photos, or even put debate topics on a sticky note for the student to create.
- Notifications – That is the original thought, right? You could use Wallwisher for orientation information, classroom rules, student profiles, daily/weekly plan, or even fun messages to other students who might be out sick or on trips with their families.
These are just a FEW ways you could use Wallwisher in the classroom. But I want to hear from you! Please share your own ideas and thoughts below about Wallwisher … or hey, guess what? You can even add your ideas to my “Ideas on how to use Wallwisher in YOUR classroom” wall!