Wallwisher- Collaborative Post-it Board

Another tool popping up in the web 2.o ocean of web based collaborative tools: Wallwisher

I usually sign up for most tool that come around so I can try it out at least once. I believe, that the best ideas on HOW to use a tool, come about when you are in the process of using it, not just thinking about it.

So Wallwisher says about themselves:

Wallwisher is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily.

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One thing, I was not happy about from the start: There is a limit of characters in your USERNAME. It was the first time that EVER happened to me. “Langwitches” was considered TOO long of a username.  I was stumped, what was I going to do? I sat there and contemplated if I should even bother signing up if I could not have my name!!! Wallwhishers, if you happen to read this, could you allow longer usernames, pleeeeaseeeee :)

Once I got over it (well not really, since I am blogging about it), the rest was  easy and intuitive. I created a wall, chose the background, gave it a title and subtitle and double clicked to add my first stickie :

  • 160 characters or less
  • Add a link to an image, audio or video link

I grabbed the URL of my wall, twittered about it and asked others to add their own thoughts.

I see this as a potential for professional development as well as in the classroom. An advantage for working with students (especially elementary age ones) is that:

  • you don’t have to be a registered user in order to post a stickie
  • set preferences who can view and edit the board

Here are some potential uses I can envision:

  • any kind of collaborative brainstorming
  • virtual announcement board
  • create collaboratively a visual of relevant and supportive resources of a topic (bookmarking)
  • Get students /teachers to PARTICIPATE with their opinions

Larry Farlazzo listed a few potential uses on his blog post Wallwisher is a Winner:

It can be a great place for students to use higher-order thinking by creating categories of images (and descriptions) or short texts they copy and paste (or write themselves). It can also be used as a site for social bookmarking of websites if you just right-click the website you put inside the sticky-note and then click on “open in a new window.”

On Nik’s Learning Technology blog a lot more uses and examples of boards are listed. I especially liked his ideas about using the wall for:

Creating video and image activities or a space for debates

What uses to you envision or have used Wallwisher boards in your school with other teachers or students?
Here is my first board:
Building a Learning Community-