Lino It is a similar online bulletin board, allowing anonymous and instant posting, permitting only the posters (and the administrator) to move or peel off the stickies that have been added. It's super easy with few frills to distract students. It's easily embeddable to most web sites and wikis, retaining full functionality.
Applications for the Reading/Language Arts Classroom:
- Demand Exit Tickets: all students respond to an open ended question based on the day's lesson.
- Collect Ten Word Stories, ala Sparky Teaching's Ten Word Stories page. This ten word story might be a reflection on a day's lit piece.
- Ask students to list running questions or observations about a challenging text piece.
- Encourage students to collect colorful figurative language and "cool sentences" from their reading that they would like to discuss during later close reading sessions. Some of these sentences can later be submitted to Notable Sentences... for Imitation and Creation (see my write-up here).
- Add a "What's New and Notable" bulletin board to your teacher's page. Include assignment updates, links to current events, etc. See mine at the bottom of my main site.
- Share files and videos related to classroom discussion topics.
- Get instant student responses to poems, song lyrics, facts, and quotations, perhaps as a warm-up to each day's lesson.
- Allow students to record thoughts and questions as they watch a video or read a chapter.
- Check out more ideas at this blog.
- Limit the number of users on a single board to five or less. Otherwise, you'll have too much traffic and many redundant responses.
- If you care to know who posted which items, instruct students to include their initials on posts. As mentioned above, some students chose to assign a different color to each member to differentiate responses.