Wallwisher

I was introduced to Wallwisher early last year but have not really had a chance to use it in the classroom.  In the last couple of months I have certainly made up for that!

Wallwisher is an online notice board where people can add a series of ‘sticky notes.’

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Using Wallwisher in the Classroom

Brainstorming

This week we came up with a list of what we thought was the most important environmental issue facing our school.  By linking the Wallwisher page to our class blog, children used their net books to post a note in a few minutes and then we could look at the responses on the interactive white board instantly. Look at our Wallwisher here.

Sharing

Have Wallwisher open during the lesson and children can add questions or statements about their learning.  During sharing time at the end of the lesson use Wallwisher to discuss learning and any problems.

Treasure Hunt

I often send children on treasure hunts for words with common spelling patterns.  Instead of writng these words on a poster we collate them on a Wallwisher.

Collate Work

Wallwisher has a fantastic feature where you can embed files to a post.  It is a great way to have children share favourite websites or links to Five Card Flickr Stories.

Reviews

Use Wallwisher for reviews.  It is especially good at this time of the year with the Children’s book awards coming up. Have children review the different books. Or why not review how a term or theme has gone.

Goal setting

When setting goals at the start of the year children can post these on a Wallwisher. Come back to them at the end of each term to see how the children went.

Suggestions

Why not use it for suggestions in your school.  Perfect if you are trying to decide on a charity day for the Junior School Council.

Compliments Chart

Why not create a Wallwisher where people can post compliments about each other.

Matching it up

Create simple matching activities by writing the two matches on two notes and have children move these around to be together.  Try it with shapes and names, numbers and words or compound words.

Do you use Wallwisher?

Are you using Wallwisher for the first time?

Leave a comment and share how you have used it.

Handwriting v Typing

I have fond memories of handwriting in primary school.   I still remember my prep teacher showing the class how to write the letters in the air.  Later in school we practised everyday and the teacher would give us a mark out of ten.  My aim was to beat Juliet, the girl who consistently got 10/10 while I only got 9½.

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I now wonder where it has gone?  Don’t get me wrong, I still do handwriting once a week. But it doesn’t seem to have the importance it did when I was growing up.

And now comes the question of the 21st century!  With 1:1 technology do we replace handwriting with typing?

One of my deepest regrets is not learning to touch type.  I can type quickly and sometimes I come close to touch typing but I still stand in awe when watching my doctor’s receptionist!  But watching the children in my class, the digital natives, using their index fingers to search for keys makes me shudder.

That’s why I do teach typing in my class.  We use a wonderful site by the BBC in England.  Some of the characetrs have very amusing English accents, but considering most of us were brought up on the twang of Big Bird I don’t think it will harm them too much!

On BBC Dance Mat Typing, you follow the animals advice as they show you the home row and sing songs about the letters you need to find.

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It has certainly helped me in trying to touch type and I can now see children finding the home row and squinting to get their fingers to reach rather then searching for the correct key.

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What are your thoughts about handwriting and typing?

Do you know any other great typing websites or programs?

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