Showing posts with label Wall Wisher. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wall Wisher. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Padlet Now Has Voting and Grading Tools

Padlet has added a couple of new features that bring it even closer to being an all-in-one formative assessment tool. Padlet now lets you vote on the notes added to a wall and grade the notes added to a wall. This is all done through the new "reactions" setting in Padlet.

Voting on Padlet notes can be done through the use of a "thumb" icon, a "like" icon, or a star icon. The "thumb" icon will let your students vote up or vote down each note on a wall. The "like" icon just lets you show that you like a note. The star icon will let you give a star rating of one through five on a note.

It is now possible to add grades to notes on a Padlet wall. You can give a score of one through one hundred on each note on a wall. It's important to note that all students will see the scores. So you'll want to use the grading function only after all notes have been submitted and you have made the wall private.

Watch my short video embedded below to learn how to use the new "reactions" setting in Padlet.

Padlet is one of my favorite tools to use for formative assessment. Come to my webinar on Monday to learn more about how I use it and other formative assessment tools.

Monday, May 8, 2017

How to Create a Flowchart on Padlet

Late last month Padlet introduced a handful of new features. One of those features is the option to show connections between notes on a Padlet wall. Connector lines are now available to show the connections between notes. The connector lines can be used on Padlet walls that you create entirely by yourself and on Padlet walls that are created collaboratively. Watch my video embedded below to learn how to create a flowchart on Padlet.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Padlet Is Now Available in 14 Languages - Here's a Guide to Using It In Your Classroom

Padlet (formerly known as Wall Wisher) is a tool that has been used by teachers in a variety of ways for years now. I've often used as a collaborative know-want-learn chart and as an exit ticket tool. Padlet works on interactive whiteboards, on iPads and Android tablets, and in the web browser on your laptop. Recently, Padlet announced support for three more languages which brings their total supported languages count to fourteen.

In the guide embedded below I provide step-by-step directions for using Padlet in your classroom. The guide also includes ideas and directions for using Socrative and TodaysMeet. You can download the guide here and view it as embedded below.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Padlet & Google Docs as Online KWL Charts

Update February 2013 - Padlet was formerly known as Wallwisher. It's still the same great service just with a different name. 

Just a few minutes ago I responded to a Tweet from Meredith Stewart who was looking for some first day of school ideas to use with her 8th grade US History students. My suggestion was to try using Wallwisher to create a KWL (know, want to know, learned) chart that students can write on. Meredith already had that (or something like it) planned for day two, but that's not going to stop me from making a blog post out of this.

I've previously written about using Wallwisher with my special education students to create a collage of videos and pictures that they discovered and we discussed in class. Wallwisher could also be used to create a KWL chart that students can contribute to anonymously (or not anonymously if you want them to sign-in). Create a wall, make it public, and ask students to share what they know and what they want to know about a topic. If you allow anonymous posting you might get contributions from shy students who might not otherwise speak-up in class. Of course, if you allow anonymous commenting you should have a conversation with your students about what an appropriate comment looks like. (You could also turn on moderation and approve all comment before they appear). 

Another option for creating an online KWL chart is to create and publish a Google Docs document. Create the document share it directly with students or its editing permissions to "anyone with the link" and invite students to write on the document. To keep the document organized you should insert a table  that your students will fill-in. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

7 Online Sticky Note Services for Students and Teachers

I was recently looking at some of the all-time most popular posts on Free Technology for Teachers. Among the twenty most-read posts is this one about using Wallwisher having my students share their web findings and thoughts about the 1920s. Reading that post again gave me the idea to create this list of online sticky note services that could be useful for teachers and students.

Since I started this post by mentioning Wallwisher, it just makes sense to start out with an explanation of what it is. Wallwisher is a virtual corkboard to which students can post multimedia notes. Notes can have up to 160 characters of text, video links, and image links. To get started simply go to and click "build a wall." Then title your wall, choose a URL for your wall, enter your name and email, and start adding sticky notes to the wall. You can choose to make your wall private or public. If you choose the public option anyone can quickly add sticky notes to your wall. If you want to approve additions to the wall before they appear, that's an option too. Update 2015: Wallwisher is now known as

Stixy is an organization and collaboration tool that I first wrote about four years ago. Stixy, as the name implies, allows you to write notes and stick them to a clipboard. Stixy allows you to share your notes with others and have them respond to your notes. The Stixy clipboard also gives you options for sticking and sharing documents, sticking and sharing photographs, and creating and sharing to-do lists. Update 2015: Stixy is no longer online.

Spaaze is a free online sticky note service that offers some handy functions for teachers and students. Spaaze allows you to write notes, edit notes and reorder your notes. Your notes can be simple text notes or you can create notes that contain videos, images, or links. Use the Spaaze browser bookmarklet to add a note to your collection anytime you come across an interesting find on the web. Spaaze is iPad friendly. The video below gives a good overview of what can be done with Spaaze.

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.

Desktop sticky note applications are very handy for creating reminders for yourself and recording quick thoughts. But if you frequently work from more than one computer, a desktop sticky note application might not suit your needs. That's where a service like Noterr can be helpful. Noterr is a free web-based sticky note service. Noterr provides a blank canvas for posting sticky notes to yourself. Individual notes, but not an entire canvas, can be shared with others via the link provided by Noterr. Update 2015: Noterr is no longer online.

Scrumblr is a site that provides an online space to create and share sticky notes with a group. Scrumblr can be used by anyone to quickly create an online space for sharing stickies. To get started just enter a name for your space. The name you choose will be a part of the url for your sticky note space. To add notes just click the "+" symbol in the bottom left corner of the screen. Then double click to edit your notes.

Primary Wall is designed with elementary school students in mind. To use it students just have to go to the URL for the wall you've created and click "add a note" or double click on the wall to start writing notes. Students can title their notes and attach their names (first name only please) to a note. Learn more about Primary Wall in the video below. Update 2015: Primary Wall is no longer free.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Using Wall Wisher in the Classroom

On Friday I ran a short workshop about using online tools to brainstorm with students. One of the resources that I shared and had folks try out was Wall Wisher. Although not the most robust tool for brainstorming, Popplet is currently my favorite, Wall Wisher is easy to use and seemed to be a hit with my audience. For that reason I'm re-running a couple of posts about using Wall Wisher in the classroom. I hope you can glean an idea or two from them.

From April 2010.
Today, I showed my special education students a short (18 minutes) video about cultural changes that took place in the US during the 1920's. After the video we discussed what they saw. Then I had students search online for other examples of cultural change in the 1920's. When they found examples they put them onto a Wallwisher wall that I projected onto a wall in my classroom. The wall started with just text being added to the wall and quickly progressed to YouTube videos being added to the wall. Once every student had contributed a video we stopped, watched the videos, and discussed.

At first my students were a little unsure of what Wallwisher is all about, but they quickly figured it out and they all enjoyed the class. The two comments in the screen capture below capture the vibe of the room.

For those who have never tried Wallwisher before, it is very easy to use. To get started simply go to and click "build a wall." Then title your wall, choose a URL for your wall, enter your name and email, and start adding sticky notes to the wall. Sticky notes added to a Wallwisher wall can contain up to 160 characters of text plus links to images and videos. You can choose to make your wall private or public. If you choose the public option anyone can quickly add sticky notes to your wall. If you want to approve additions to the wall before they appear, that's an option too. Choosing the public settings is allows for the quickest set-up and use of Wallwisher as you only need to give students the URL of your wall in order for them to add notes to the wall.

Also from April 2010.
Tom Barrett has a slideshow about Wallwisher in his Interesting Ways Series. Currently, there are nineteen ideas in the slideshow. If you have more ideas to add, contact Tom Barrett using the contact information in the last slide. The slideshow is embedded below.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Primary Wall - A Sticky Note Wall for Young Students

It seems like every week I come across a new collaborative sticky note service. The latest that I've learned about is Primary Wall. Primary Wall is designed with elementary school students in mind. To use it students just have to go to the url for the wall you've created and click "add a note" or double click on the wall to start writing notes. Students can title their notes and attach their names (first name only please) to a note. Learn more about Primary Wall in the video below.

Thanks to Danny Nicholson for writing about Primary Wall on his Whiteboard Blog.

Applications for Education
Sticky note walls like Primary Wall or Wallwisher can be useful for hosting collaborative brainstorming sessions, asking questions, and sorting ideas. Primary Wall lists some other ideas for classroom use in their teacher section. Whether you use Primary Wall or another sticky note service, the first time you try it your students might be tempted to post some non-sense notes or move other students' notes. Just as with any other classroom behavior expectation, it's important to have a conversation with your students about the way they should use the wall and respect for each other's ideas.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Drop Mocks - A Simple Way to Share Image Galleries

Drop Mocks just might be the simplest tool for constructing an image gallery and slideshow that I've come across since I started Free Technology for Teachers. To create an image gallery with Drop Mocks just go to their site and drag images from your desktop onto the Drop Mocks canvas. Then click on an image to have it featured while the other images are blurred in the background. Click another image and it will come into clear view while the previously featured image fades back into the background. You can share your Drop Mocks gallery by giving people the url assigned to it. To create and save multiple galleries sign into Drop Mocks using your Google Account.
My Drop Mocks gallery of four screenshot images.
Update: Thanks to Kathy for leaving the comment that Drop Mocks does not work with Safari. 

Applications for Education
The students in my special education class are currently researching the stories behind images of the US Civil War. My students are placing the images on a Wall Wisher wall which they will share with their classmates and eventually give a short presentation to the class on the stories behind their favorite images. I chose to use Wall Wisher for this assignment, but had I discovered Drop Mocks just a few days earlier I probably would have had my students use it.