Today’s Web 2.0 site for discussion is Lino it. I don’t even remember how I stumbled across this one but immediately thought that there may be some fun ways to incorporate this into some great classroom activities.

Essentially, Lino it is “an online web sticky note service that can be used to post memos, to-do lists, ideas, and photos anywhere on an online web canvas.” It is a virtual bulletin board that you can fill full of stickie notes. I find myself wondering how 3M didn’t come up with this first.

Lino it is very similar to Wallwisher in that pictures (graphics), videos, clippings from the web and text can be posted to your online virtual bulletin board. Lino it also advertises that you can attach files to your stickies.

As a fan of post-it notes in the classroom, the potentials of an online service are fascinating. In my English class, I often had students use them to make notes in their novels as part of the active reading process. These “stickies” could then be taken out and placed in their journal for further discussion and reflection. They could also be posted around the room on chart paper for other members of the class to comment on in comparison with their stickies. This strategy always works quite well but is a very personal strategy in that only those who make them can see them (unless of course they physically share with others).

The cool thing with lino it and Wallwisher is that the notes are can be easily shared and commented on by a much wider audience by the very nature of the web. This allows for a much wider pool of collaborators – different classrooms in the same school, in different schools, in the same city, different cities, and beyond. Also, the multimedia power of the web allows videos and internet sites to be posted to the bulletin board. You can’t do that with cork and sticky paper.

The walls can be easily linked to from websites and blogs, thus making them part of a wider conversation. And, as each canvas has its own URL, people can easily find and contribute to it. This would be a great way for student to conduct research (especially if in a group). They could collect their information and post it to Lino it and their partners could do the same.

Have you used Wallwisher and/or Lino it in your class? How do use it?

Some Ideas for using Lino it and Wallwisher in the Classroom

Online Collaboration
Brainstorming
Research Collection
Main ideas of a unit or concept
Listing elements of a novel (i.e. theme)
Back channeling discussions
Exit Cards (Post lesson/task Assessment – Reflection)
Diagnostic purposes (Activate prior learning)
Self and Peer Reflection

Other Posts on this topic

How to use Wallwisher in the classroom
http://sharetheaddiction.edublogs.org/2010/09/17/wall-wisher-%E2%80%93-online-brainstorming/
A Wallwisher to play withhttp://www.wallwisher.com/wall/interface

Nineteen Interesting Ways to Use Wallwisher in the Classroom

Creative Classroom Applications with Lino it
http://linoit.com/users/hpollack/canvases/Creative%20Classroom%20Applications

Another Great Tool – Lino it
http://www.logicoolsolutions.com/learnDoMasterChallenge/?p=1213