In a recent edition of the EdSurge newsletter, I stumbled across Wallwisher. (By the way, if you don’t get EdSurge you’re seriously missing out!) Wallwisher’s elevator pitch: “We give you a nearly blank page (a wall). You put anything you want on it, anywhere. Simple, yet powerful!” EdSurge used Wallwisher as an invitation for ideas, which I’d love. I don’t think Wallwisher is the most beautiful tool in the world but it’s simple and it does the job.

There are quite a few different ways I could envision using Wallwisher but today I want to draw your attention to the obvious implications in teaching.

Have a SmartBoard or a projector? Try starting each day with a Wallwisher question:

  • What is something you are looking forward to today?
  • What is something you feel anxious about this week?
  • Where are you in your independent project?

Try starting every (ELA, math, science, etc.) lesson with a Wallwisher question:

  • Today we will continue our study of geometry. What 3D shapes can you name?
  • Think back to yesterday. What can you remember about angles?
  • Create a shape in your notebook. On Wallwisher, enter the formula for to find the area of your shape.

Use Wallwisher to elicit responses in real time:

  • Give an example of a memory you have when you felt like a hero.
  • What is the first step you took to solve this problem?
  • Vote: Would you rather take a field trip to the Museum of Modern Art or the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

Here is my first Wallwisher and I really hope you’ll take a minute to add your thoughts. Question of the day Teachers and Parents: What kind of EdTech do you wish someone would make for your classroom or to use with your child at home?


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