Wallwisher is a free tool that allows you to create online bulletin boards. Teachers must create an account to create walls, but students do not have to have a wallwisher account or an email address to post sticky notes to the wall. There are so many ways to use Wallwisher! I used Jing to create a simple tutorial on getting started with Wallwisher.
After you have created your wall, there are 3 ways you can share it. You can get an RSS feed so you can follow it, get an embed code so you can display it in a blog or webpage, or you can share it by selecting from a long list of online tools (Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader, Diigo, etc.)
You can use Wallwisher in a classroom with just one computer. Just have the wall link open and allow students to take turns posting comments during independent reading or writing workshop. Here are some ideas for using Wallwisher with your students:
Use with an Author Study: students post stickies about their favorite book by the author.
Figurative Language: after reading a text, students post stickies containing examples of figurative language from the text. You could have separate walls for various types of figurative language and students could write their own similes, metaphors, etc.
Character Traits: students post evidence from the story to verify a story character’s traits.
Brainstorm writing topics: students post ideas they would like to use for writing. It would be a great resource for students with writer’s block!
Great Leads: post a writing topic and have students write various introductory sentences for it.
Word Choice: post several “bland” words and have students list synonyms that would be more interesting or descriptive.
Book Talks: students make recommendations about good books to read.
Cause and Effect: Why did certain events happen? What were the results of the events? (economic crises, wars, rise and fall of governments, impact of new technologies, etc)
Important Historical Figures/Point of View: students imagine they are the historical person and write comments that could have been made by that person.
Timeline: post sticky notes listing specific events and arrange the notes in sequential order
Compare and Contrast: post comments about how 2 events were similar or different
Make Predictions: before an experiment, “What do you think will happen?”
Experiment Observations: “What actually happened?”
Landforms: students create a “sticky note” glossary of landform vocabulary with links to websites about each.
Habitats: post comments comparing how habitatsare similar and different.
Other Random Ideas
Resource Page for Students: post links to online resources and activites related to a unit of study.
Collaborative Planning: small groups could post sticky notes to plan a project.
Quick Formative Assessment
Affinity Diagram: collect student ideas on any topic (What makes a good student? How can we improve learning in our class?)
Wallwisher is a great way for students to collaborate and express learning. More ideas are available in Tom Barrett‘s Google Doc presentation, “Seventeen Interesting Ways to Use Wallwisher in the Classroom.”