Wall wishing

Wallwisher is a very handy web 2.0 tool that we’ve had some fun with lately. A collaborative “sticky note” application, Wall Wisher is simple and effective to use. You can create an online notice board in seconds and then share it with others who can then add their own sticky notes. There’s no registration required and users can choose to post anonymously. In addition to simple notes, you can post images, music and videos.

This week, Grade 4 students created their own reading wall to share all their favourite books.

Recently Grade 2 used Wallwisher to kick off their Unit of Inquiry on chocolate. They created a wall to post what they KNOW about chocolate and a wall to post what they WONDER about chocolate.

I’ve used Wallwisher as a live brainstorming tool to compile questions and ideas in a group and in workshops. We project the ‘wall’ up on a screen and watch as everyone posts their ‘sticky notes’. It’s also a handy tool to gather input from colleagues and students after hours and/or over a period of time.

Reading Matters

Note: the Netvibe mentioned in this post has been superseded by my new Reading Matters website. Please follow this link to visit the new Reading Matters!

updated Dec 2014

One of my passions is reading aloud to children.

Recently I conducted a reading workshop for parents in which we discussed the importance of reading aloud, learned how to choose appropriate books, and shared some tips about how to effectively read with children.

I created a Reading Matters netvibe to help parents access the myriad of resources and information available on the web.

We used the Netvibe during the workshop to structure our exploration of some of the key resources. There are some wonderful videos, blogs, book trailers, review sites and research articles out there!

Apples & Oranges

One of the people in my PLN on twitter is Angela Maiers, an educational author and consultant who has some wonderful resources available on her website. Be sure to visit there.

Her model lesson with Grade 4 students on fiction and non-fiction reading is terrific. Angela uses an apples and oranges metaphor to differentiate between non-fiction and fiction reading. I love this metaphor. Such a simple and effective way to illustrate both the importance of balanced reading and the different way we read fiction and non-fiction books.