Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Loving Lino it

I have been using Linoit quite a bit lately. It is an excellent alternative to wallwisher which seems pretty finicky lately.

Teachers have been building canvases on linoit to review fraction concepts, post assignments and comprehension questions for novels, as a "due now" and as an "exit ticket" for many different topics.

You can be notified when a stick is posted on your canvas if you would like and have the ability to make the canvases as private or public as you like. I also like the daily digest I receive for each canvas, letting me know the action that has taken place and any tasks that are due. You can upload videos, images, and documents to your canvas. You can even post tasks with due dates and emoticons.

Here are some examples:

I like to use goo.gl or tinyurl to shorten the links to the canvases, making it easier for students to access if a teacher does not want to hyperlink it from a blog or web page.
People have also suggested the similar, corkboard.me, which I hope to try out soon.

Using Technology to Create a Global Classroom

One of the most effective ways to get students collaborating with each other is to use tools that are easily accessible. If the tools are browser agnostic, have no demand for installations or updates, and are intuitive, the collaboration is more likely to be effective.

I recently presented this slide show and Google Doc at the 2011 NJEA Teaching and Learning Symposium.

Here is a link to a Google Docs with all of the sites we discussed and tools to help facilitate global collaboration: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1VckCWWALUyOjjKMAphzL1-YOpl9ULnLFegALAW7V6z0

Many thanks to Lisa Thumann for asking me to present and helping out with resources.