Thursday, May 27, 2010

Lino It - Collaborative, Multimedia Sticky Notes

Lino It is a free service that allows you to create a canvas of online multimedia sticky notes. In addition to basic text, the sticky notes you place on your canvas can contain videos, images, and file attachments. Unlike some similar sticky note services, Lino It allows you to alter the size and color of your fonts. You can use Lino It's built-in calendar tool to set due dates on your sticky notes.

To use Lino It, you have to register for an account. Once you've registered you can create as many sticky note canvases as you like. You can make your canvases and notes public or private. If you choose to make a canvas public other users can add sticky notes to it and read all of the notes on it.

Applications for Education
Lino It is very similar to Wall Wisher which I've used a few times this year for brainstorming sessions and to create collages of student-contributed information. Those same things and more could be done with Lino It. Students could use Lino It to brainstorm on collaborative projects then outline tasks necessary to complete those projects. The tasks can be assigned due dates on each sticky note. Attaching files to Lino It stickies allows you and your students to post PDFs or other documents that may not be available online.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Building a Video Collage With Wallwisher
Spaaze - Online Sticky Notes and More
Organize and Collaborate with Stixy
Collaborative Sticky Notes

Vietnam War Video Map

In one of my classes we recently wrapped-up a unit on the Vietnam War. As supplementary review resource I posted this four minute video on the class blog. What I like about this video is that, in addition to the voiceover, it provides text highlighting the key points in each year between 1954-1975.

Wikipedia Explained by Common Craft

Lee and Sachi Lefever have once again created a great video that educators should watch. Wikipedia Explained by Common Craft uses Common Craft's In Plain English style to explain how Wikipedia works. The video explains how Wikipedia entries are written, updated, verified, and maintained. Watch the video on Common Craft.

Applications for Education
Wikipedia, somewhat unfairly, too often gets bad-mouthed by educators that don't understand how the content on it is updated and edited by a community of users. Because of that lack of understanding some educators don't allow students to access Wikipedia at all and are therefore depriving students of a general reference. I'm not advocating for students to cite Wikipedia in research papers, but I do think that it can be a good place for students to start digging for information.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Textbooks, Wikipedia, and Primary Source Research
Mashpedia - The Real-time Encyclopedia
VisWiki - Visual Wikipedia