I am impressed by the Free Tools 30 Days Teacher Challenge series of blog posts supported by Edublogs. In the Wallwisher post, which is #1 in the series and written by Noeleen Leahy, the 30 Days challenge is introduced. (Noeleen Leahy is a second level teacher from Ireland. She teaches Geography, Religion and IT to 11 – 18 year olds. She has been blogging for two years.)
Do your best to carve out a few minutes each week to really try out one or more free tools each week with your students. Then, come back to the blog and share your experience!
The post identifies what readers will do.
- Learn how to create an online noticeboard and check out ideas for using Wallwisher with your students
- Learn how students can add to your notice board
- Learn how to embed your notice board in your blog or learning platform
- Complete one or more of the challenge activities
The post presents a video overview of the tool from eduteacher, and then using the structure and pictures from the video, leads the reader through a series of tasks for mastering the basic functions of Wallwisher. The post also offers a Google Slideshow of 31 Interesting Ways to use Wallwisher in the Classroom. and concludes with a list of four optional assignments for anyone willing to extend her learning into practice.
When I read the comments yesterday, I was impressed with the suggestions of additional uses of Wallwisher. I made my own suggestions, but I also want to contribute to the conversation by offering this list of those suggestions and the contributors. Hope it is useful.
23 Ideas for Using Wallwisher
Derived from comments posted to the Edublogs post: Free Tools Challenge # 1: Wallwisher – Words That Stick
1. Spot for students to generate questions (Christy Berry)
2. Descriptive Art Word Wall (Christy Berry)
3. Finding images for a particular element of art or principles of design (Christy Berry)Post how you are going to prepare for the test. (Heidi Weber)
4. Use it in language arts for book reviews. (Heidi Weber)
5. Students post questions after a lesson. (Heidi Weber)
6. Use it for a pre-test. After you complete the lesson embed the wallwisher into a blog and have them respond to their pre-test answer. I then use their blog post as clarification of the lesson before you give a post test. This has really helped me form my small groups by identifying the ones that need extra help. I have also been amazed at the peer to peer teaching that just happened! Students see their classmates responses and instantly start “teaching” each other. (Brooke Miller)
7. Processing concept understanding in Science, especially after an experiment (Maria)
8. Posting examples of geometry in the real world, especially if students can gather pictures to link to their stickies (Maria)
9. Writing and editing sentences that contain grammar, capitalization, or punctuation errors. (Maria)
10. Use to support reading comprehension. Small Group Lesson: Exploring Character Change (Maria)
11. Use it to have students, staff and families wish students Happy Birthday throughout the year (roreyrisdon)
12. Use Wallwisher for vocabulary exercises for EFL students Wallwisher and Vocabulary Activities (Natasa Bozic Grojic)
13. Use Wallwisher to start a discussion about the ethics of cloning, genetically modified foods or consumer labeling by having students state their positions on the topic. (kerrynichol)
14. Use WallWisher with students or teachers to solicit feedback on a question (Suzanne C)
15, Great tool for brainstorming on any topic. (Dinah Hunt)
16. Put up a word and have each child write a short sentence on Wallwisher using that word (Dinah Hunt)
17. Use it with after school clubs (Mr Riley)
18. Use it to collect compound words (Mrs S)
19. Math Challenge: Pose a question such as “The answer is 32. What was the mathematical question?” Very open ended so that the class could answer at their own level. (Mrs S)
20. Learning about Persuasive Writing. Use the wallwisher on the class blog to get students to post their position and one argument on whether they think homework should be banned or not. (Kirby)
And here are three additional ideas I offer to push the use of Wallwisher beyond it’s use by students and to spread understanding and support for using the tool (and others like it) throughout the school community.
1. Ask – parents, school board members, citizens – to use Wallwisher as a suggestion box – post their suggestions on any classroom, school or district topic … for example, the 4th grade field trip, the school auction, creative ways to save district dollars
2. Use Wallwisher to solicit concrete suggestions for ways to empower kids to reshape the school, district, the education system
Background: At TedActive2011 the education project was formed. Here’s a quote from the website. “The TEDActive Education Project will explore how children can make an impact on the education system. We hope to come out of this project with fresh ideas for ways kids can start an education revolution. How can we empower kids to reshape the education system?”
My idea? Award the TED prize to someone with the passion, talent, resources, experience of Jamie Oliver to write, produce, direct and act in the television series “The Student (or Kid) Education Revolution.”
3. Have – teachers, school-level administrators, department heads, district administrators – use wallwisher to brainstorm ideas for how best reinvigorate teaching in their classrooms or schools by incorporating the Habits of Mind found on this chart and described in this Habits of Mind Summary article that I found on the Habits of Mind Teachers Network website.
Contributors to 23 Ideas for Using Wallwisher
Christy Berry – http://www.berryart.wordpress.com/
Maria – http://schooled-essays.blogspot.com/
roreyrisdon – http://www.roreyrisdon.edublogs.com/
Natasa Bozic Grojic – http://lunas994.blogspot.com/
kerrynichol – http://kerrynichol.edublogs.org/
Suzanne C – http://www.techatease.blogspot.com/
Mr Riley – http://mrrileysblog.blogspot.com/
Mrs S – http://avidreader528.edublogs.org/
Kirby – http://34gblog.global2.vic.edu.au/
Dennis Richards – http://innovation3.edublogs.org