My goal is to achieve a single subject credential in English. For this week’s blog, I chose an article that related to that goal. I selected the article, Wallwisher: A Geeky Teacher’s Dream Tool by Keith Ferrell. In the article, Ferrell discusses how he used Wallwisher in his fourth and fifth grade classrooms. In his fourth grade class, his students were learning about deserts. Rather than have them write a text document listing off facts about different deserts and climate conditions, he set up a Wallwisher where the students could each post a fact and collaborate as class. Ferrell repeated this set up with his fifth grade class except with writing tips and vocabulary.
This article originally piqued my curiosity because I had found the same site while constructing my graphic organizer. The implications for this web tool are almost limitless. Wallwisher can be used to create collaborations between students and other classes as well. It can be used for writing tips, vocabulary lessons, group projects, and discussions boards. I think that this web tool is an essential tool that can be used in almost any classroom and can be easily tailored to fit any subject.
Ferrell, K. (2011, May). Wallwisher: A Geeky Teacher's Dream Tool. Retrieved October 25, 2011, from ISTE - International Society for Technology in Education: http://www.iste.org/learn/publications/learning-and-leading/digital-edition-may-2011.aspx