BY BILL FERRIS
Wallwisher gives your students a set of interactive sticky notes they can use to post questions or ideas. Once you set up your Wallwisher account, you’ll get a shareable URL. Students can post their comments and questions simply by double-clicking the wall and typing their notes. They can also add pictures, links and images.
If you have a digital projector, you could display Wallwisher at the beginning of class so students can post questions about their homework. It’s also a handy tool for brainstorming or sharing notes, especially if kids are working on a group project from two different locations.
Wallwisher’s best feature is its simplicity — with no learning curve, the technology facilitates communication without getting in the way. Mostly. I do find it frustrating that, when you post a link, Wallwisher opens it in this little window that really isn’t big enough to do anything with, and there’s no intuitive way to open a link in a new, full-sized browser tab or window. You’re better off typing the link in as text than using the link function.
Another feature is also sort of a drawback — you don’t need to set up an account to read or post to a wall. On one hand, your students have one less password to remember. On the other, you may want to keep an eye on your wall to make sure nobody anonymously posts something inappropriate. With a 160-character limit for all wall posts, they can’t go off on any diatribes. Of course, kids can do a lot of damage with four measly characters, so just keep an eye on things.