There are a lot of different online notice boards available these days. It started with sites such as Wallwisher, but there are plenty more out there right now, and I keep seeing new ones appearaing.
Online notice boards are a neat way of getting a shared space to collect ideas from your class for a brainstorm. Or for a teacher to post resources for a topic. Students could ask questions about a topic which you (or each other) can then answer. If you want some ideas on how to use them, then here are 19 ways to use wallwisher (and similar) in the classroom via Tom Barrett.
Here are 8 online notice boards for you to try out. Which one is your favourite?
Wall Wisher was the first online notice board maker that I saw, and it’s probably the one I go back to the most. It gives you a virtual space where you can post short text notes in the same way that you could put post-it notes onto a notice board in your classroom. But this noticeboard can be shared between people all over the world. As well as text notes you can add images, video and links to other websites.
I have heard people complain that it is slow from time to time, and there have been access problems. Maybe it’s a victim of it’s own success and is suffering under the load. Is well worth checking out though: http://www.wallwisher.com/
A popplet is a big pinboard that you can put boxes or “popples” onto. A popple is container that holds text, photos, and other interesting things such as Google Map or YouTube video. The whole thing was very simple to use, it was very easy to get started. You can also upload media from your desktop to your board. Popplet offers a browser bookmarklet that you can use to add content from other webpages to your Popplet pages. An iPad app is also available.
If you want to share your Popplet with others, you can add other users via email – they will then have access to the board andcan add to it. You can also embed Popplets into your blog or Wiki. http://popplet.com/
Unlike some of the other Walls out there, PrimaryWall was concieved by a teacher and is built for schools so they deliberately kept things simple, fast and user friendly. The font size of the notes is quite large when typed to make it easier for younger users. Some lesson plans and ideas for teachers are provided on the site. http://primarywall.com/
Stixy allows you to create tasks, appointments, files, photos, notes, and bookmarks on their Stixyboards, organized in whatever way makes sense to them. Then they can share Stixyboards with friends, family, and colleagues. Like WallWisher you could set up a Stixy board for class projects, for brainstorming or for the collection notes and resources. You can control who has access, and whether visitors can read or amend the board. http://www.stixy.com/
Scrumblr is a very simple brainstorming tool. The post-it notes you can add to the page are purely text – you can’t add links, images or videos like other tools such as Wallwisher or Stixy. It’s basic, but this can be a useful feature as there are less distractions or things to confuse learners. Simply click the + icon to add more notes and double click on the notes to add text. You can also add text to the backgound to create different zones.
Unlike other mind mapping tools, SpiderScribe allows the creation of free format maps, with elements connected in any ways. In addition to that, besides the traditional text, images and file stencils, it also supports web items like calendar events and map locations (through Google Maps).
I found the site tool pretty simple to use, and add different items to the pages. By default the maps you create are private, but you have similar sharing options to a Google document – you can create public maps that anyone can view, you can create maps that anyone with the link can view, and you can specify specific people to be readers/editors by email address.
For teachers this could be another tool for creating revision mind maps or asking pupils to show how much they know about a given topic at the beginning/end of a unit. Or simply for collating ideas.
You can see a short video that explains how it works here.
Visit SpiderScibe here : http://www.spiderscribe.net/
Like all the others Corkboard.me allows you to post and move post it notes on a shared wall. Embed images by pasting in their URL.
And finally, there’s Lino.it. It’s a lot like all the others in that you can add text, images and links and share the board with others.
Know of any other great online noticeboards? Or have you got some good ideas of how you have used them with your class? Share your ideas in the comments below!