May 20, 2011 by k. liz
What is it? Linoit.com
What do I use it for? Collaboration in the classroom!
How long does it take? This can be prepared in less than 20 minutes.
My rating: ******* 7/10
I’m sure some of you have already checked out this website, but it is new to me this week, and I’m really thrilled with it! Some of you may also have heard of wallwisher. Wallwisher is a nice site, but I personally would prefer Linoit.com. Basically, this is a place that you set up for students (or colleagues) to visit and post ideas. The easiest way to explain is to show you! Here is an example of what my class did today. We were practicing with adjectives, so I had prepared the board by making yellow sticky notes of most of the vocabulary words and an arrow pointing to where I wanted my students to leave their information. After about 30-45 minutes, this is what we ended up with:
The things I love about this website:
1. It uploads in real time. I projected this on the screen, and my students were able to see their results instantly (and I was able to tell which students weren’t working!)
2. It does not take up too much bandwidth.
3. It is fairly simple to navigate (the only thing is you will have to demonstrate loading a picture the first time – you must save it to your computer and then upload the file when prompted, but it is pretty easy once you get the hang of it!)
4. The students will be able to use this to review on their own time.
5. You can delete unnecessary or unwanted posts!! (Something I had not figured out how to do on wallwisher, but wished I had!)
6. You can edit the posts someone else posted. This is really great because you can encourage the students to just work, and then later you can go through and do some error correction.
7. Things generally stay where you put them, which I can’t say is true for wallwisher. I kept getting frustrated when everything was jumbled and unorganized.
Now, I used this for vocabulary, because I like giving my students some reign to explore the vocabulary and then have them teach it or give examples – but I am sure there are countless ways of using this in class! You could use it for compiling information for a writing project. You could use it to organize grammar structures. You could use it to create an infographic based on a listening exercise . . . the possibilities are endless!! Let me know if you’ve used this in your classrooms for anything!