Wallwisher: Collaborate and Interact
Everyone’s voice isn’t always heard in a class discussion or at a meeting with colleagues. Wallwisher is a great tool to
increase collaboration and interaction. Wallwisher (www.wallwisher.
com) is a free online tool that allows
you to create a virtual and interactive
sticky note wall. Although you must
register to create a wall, no registration is required to add a sticky note,
which makes it easy for anyone to add
content. The notes can include text
(up to 160 characters), images, audio,
video, or links to websites. As the wall
creator, you can rearrange or remove
any posted notes, even those created
by others. Here are a few ideas on how
to use Wallwisher:
Create a Class Critique
Allow students to simultaneously participate in an online class discussion.
This is particularly useful for students
who shy away from traditional class
discussions. Share the wall’s Web
address and have students comment
on a work of art from home. See how
a discussion worked using the art
of Kazimir Malevich at www.wall-
your preferences so that you are the
only one with the ability to post on
the wall. For example, the following
resource wall contains Web links,
video, and images for learning about
Collaborate with Colleagues
Honoring this month’s theme, I collaborated with art teachers to post
humorous things kids say in the artroom ( www.wallwisher.com/wall/
ArtRoomHumor). Need a good laugh?
Look at what art teachers posted on
the artroom humor wall. Test out
Wallwisher for yourself and post your
favorite thing a student said, did, or
created in your artroom.
Start by creating sticky notes with
images, then create additional sticky
notes with a matching text definition.
Since the notes can be dragged around,
you can layer the sticky notes so that
images match definitions. Divide
students into teams using several
computers, or work as a class using an
interactive whiteboard. Another variation is to upload only images and ask
students to sort by art style, medium,
classification, and so on.
Create a Gallery Page
Use the Wallwisher wall to highlight
artwork each month or gather artwork examples for future projects. If
you have a school website, you can
grab the embed code from your wall
and place it directly on your website.
Adding your own digital images will
require you to upload images to an
online space such as Picassa or Flickr.
Don’t put off trying out Wallwisher. You can participate in a conversation instantly with a funny quote
from a student (www.wallwisher.
a walk through on how to use Wallwisher here: screenr.com/4Vm.
Instead of setting your students loose
on the Web to research, put all your
hand-picked Web links and multimedia in one convenient place. Set up
Theresa McGee is an elementary art educator in Hinsdale Illinois and writes an
art education blog ( teachingpalette.com).