Last week I discussed using backchannels in the classroom. This week I am sharing a site I like to use when brainstorming, classifying, or organizing information with a group. The site is called LinoIt. You must create an account, but it is free. There is also an app available for both iOS and Android devices.
I was able to play with the site a bit this week while preparing for a staff development in which we are incorporating it. I found it very intuitive and quite easy to use. It gives you a large canvas to work with, allowing you to either choose a background that has already been created or upload your own image to use.
When first creating a canvas you have the options to make it private to you only, share with a group you have created (members of the group would require an account), or make the canvas public . You also have the option to make it read-only or editable. Change the options later if you wish. Make the canvas private while you are setting it up, then share it at a later time.
Once you have your canvas created it is time to start adding your material. Text can be added with a sticky note. Choose from a variety of colors for both your sticky notes and the font on the sticky. Add an icon to the sticky note. Create hyperlinks to link to outside sites for further information or explanation.
It doesn’t stop there! Embed videos from YouTube, Vimeo, or Ustream so they can be viewed right from the canvas. Add images to support your ideas. Attach files that can be downloaded to use. You have many options for sharing your information.
Don’t like how something is worded? All the stickies are editable. Want to change the way it is organized? Everything can be moved around easily to meet your needs. As your thoughts evolve, your canvas changes.
I can think of a number of uses for this in the classroom. Classifying/similarities and differences, brainstorming activities, and organizing thoughts for a project are just a few that immediately come to mind. What projects come to mind for you? I have created a public canvas for everyone to share your ideas! Click on the image below to access it.