I started to title this blog post – A New Way to Brainstorm – but then I realized that Wall Wisher offers so much more than that.
Wallwisher is a free internet application that allows you to build a wall that then you or you and others can post notes on. To build a wall you will need to log in with an email account but an email account is not needed to post notes on that wall. Good news for those of us working with students under the age of 14. Privacy levels can be set for each wall and posts can be moderated.
Once a wall is built there are a number of ways to distribute or share your wall. Walls can be embedded into a webpage, blog or wiki. You can link directly to the wall for users to go straight there. It also provides an RSS feed so walls can be monitored through your RSS readers, such as iGoogle.
As I started looking for how others were using this tool I found the ideas fit into a few categories. (This was easy to do as I took the ideas that were posted on the wall and started moving them around to create the groups!)
- Brainstorming/ Idea Gathering
- Homepages – a place to gather resources, post announcements, leave messages, provide homework help, etc.
- Skill building – note-taking, vocabulary, sorting and summarization work wonderfully on this.
- Portfolios of Student Work – either as a class or an individual.
I created a wall with all the ideas of classroom use I have found by searching the web and have embedded the wall below. Please feel free to add to it!
The best way to learn to use this tool is to jump in and get started!
Go to my wallwisher sandbox and make your first post: http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/RobinySandbox
Or go to: http://www.wallwisher.com – log in and build your first wall.
Please share your ideas for wallwisher or the walls you build!