Storybird

I discovered Storybird, a tool for writing digital stories, thanks to Richard Byrne’s excellent ‘Free Technology for Teachers’. It is great fun and easy to use. Set up an account (free) – choose your art work and get writing! I showed my Year 7 class (11 to 12 year olds) and some of them decided they would try it. (Under 13s can sign up with parental permission). One student wrote a ’story’ about sequences – a little editing still needed but it’s great and she was delighted that the illustrator commented.

This could provide a fun way to write a Mathematics journal where students reflect on their learning. 

Several students have written more ‘stories’ both about Maths and just for fun. Obviously the limitation is that only ordinary text is available but students still seem to have found topics to write about. Look at this one on vocabulary associated with shapes.

Wallwisher

 Wallwisher can be used to create an online noticeboard.

This  provides a very simple way to gather feedback from students, for example there are some thoughts here from year 7 on using a Wiki.  It is very simple to create a wall of  examples such as this one used with Year 7 Mathematics students. Students could collaborate to produce a wall of key facts for revision. Here is an example of a History teacher’s wall.

Ideas for Wallwisher in the classroom from Tom Barrett’s ‘Interesting Ways’ series.