Today in my Year 12 Biology class, i used a neat tool that I came across called Wallwisher I think its really cool. It uses a “stickies-on-a-wall” metaphor. You can add a Sticky note simply by double clicking anywhere on the wall and by clicking and dragging, you can reposition any note on the wall – allowing grouping of similar notes.
I simply used it as a formative activity – asking my students to write down anything and everything they already knew about evolution on post-it notes and place them on the wallwisher wall. Anyone was allowed to write anything, and anyone was allowed to move stickies around to group them with other related comments. It was only a 5 minute activity – but really engaging, and it has some advantages over real stickies, in that (a) everyone can see the comments clearly from wherever they are (on his or her own screen) and (b) the wall can be saved (c) you don’t need to be in the same place at the same time to collaborate on it (although my students were) and (d) A student has the option of being anonymous.
What other uses can you see for it? I’m keen to hear your suggestions.