How to Setup and Use Wall Wisher for Educational Purposes .........Paul Pascoe

Wall Wisher is very easy to use, and a great way to set up a quick and easy set of weblinks and resources for yourself, or your students, on the net. Eg. This week at my school we are starting a new unit in Geometry in Y9 Maths, and so I have set up a resources wall for the students here:
http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/geometry9
We also used Wall Wisher at the end of last week for a Post Y9 Exam Group Discussion in one of my classes:
http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/mathsexam9
(Next I need to figure out how the students can do a little assignment or two using Wall Wisher).

What is Wall Wisher ?

“Wall Wisher” is a Web 2.0 free online tool where anyone can build a "wall".
Everybody else can then go onto the internet and stick post-it notes electronically onto the wall, (and include linked Pictures, You Tube videos, PowerPoints, PDF documents, Excel Spreadsheets, or web page links). It was originally designed for birthday, anniversary or get well soon etc wishes. A whole group of people could add their messages for someone; and that person could then read them on the web. However, Wall Wisher can be used for educational purposes as well.
If the wall is set to “public”, then online visitors can add a comment to the wall by double clicking on it and typing text in. (Comments are limited to 160 characters).
If post-its are overlapping on the page, you can move them by grabbing their title bar with the mouse. Mousing over notes highlights them, and brings the note forward. You can delete notes in edit mode by clicking the top right hand “X”.
The owner / creator of the wall can log on, and delete inappropriate messages, and move the post-it notes to permanent positions, as well as editing them.
The owner can also change the color scheme at any time, and can also reset the wall to private, (thereby “locking” or “closing” the wall). The owner has to be logged into Wall Wisher to do this.
Walls can also be used as a quick “one stop shop” for web links and resources on a particular subject, and thus not opened for public comment.
(See later for several weblinks to all sorts of good examples of wall wisher walls that people have made on the internet).
Personally I love the tool, because it is so quick and easy to use.
It is a great place to put a whole lot of web items you have found while researching a topic, either individually, or collaboratively.
However, the big drawback is that young people could set up a wall for the sole purpose of posting all sorts of horrible messages about someone they do not like (eg. Cyber Bullying). Also “open” or “public” walls could be “flamed” and “spammed” with inappropriate and unwanted post-its at any time, so it is probably best to regularly monitor walls that you have created, and close any wall down to the public, (by setting it to private), if it starts getting “grafittied” or attacked.
Sample Wall Wishers for Teachers
The following is a good example of Brainstorming: http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/slavery
The following one is a History of the UK’s involvement in Africa : http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/slchistoryscramble
Causes of World War II : http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/isthistory
Another one on causes of World War II: http://wallwisher.com/wall/matthewj
And yet another one on the very popular World War II: http://wallwisher.com/wall/SvqmKEV00p
This is a good example one for English teachers : http://wallwisher.com/embed/vocabulary
A resources page of links to material that might be useful for English as Second Language Teachers:
http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/teachersweb20
So let the teachers in your school know about it, and get into using it because it is 100% free !
If you would like to view and save a detailed PDF doc I have made for teachers on how to use Wall Wisher, then click this link: http://www.passyworld.com/passyPDFs/WallWisher.pdf
Just one slight glitch, the PDF says that Slideshare presentations do not work in the Wall, well they didn’t yesterday, but they do today….. very spooky.
All of the info in the email is also on my blog at: http://passyworldofict.blogspot.com/
Enjoy,
Paul Pascoe
ICT / Maths Teacher
St Francis Xavier College Berwick




How to Setup and Use Wordle for Educational Purposes .........Paul Pascoe


Here is a write up on Wordle that I have done recently on my blog at: http://passyworldofict.blogspot.com/2009/06/wonders-of-wordle.html
I am currently really enjoying using Wordle to make bits and pieces for PowerPoint Title and Summary Slides.
WORDLE is a Web2.0 app that makes pictures called “Word Clouds” like this one:
http://www.passyworld.com/passyImages/MatrixWordle500x318.png
The above "Word Cloud" was created using the "Wordle" application at: www.wordle.net/create
Wordle is a Web 2.0 tool that is 100% free to use, and does not require input of an email address, or any signing up.
Basically anyone can go to the website and use Wordle immediately.
Note that the web address is .net and not .com,
eg. http://www.wordle.com is an entirely different site altogether.
The text that was used as input to generate the “Matrix” movie “Word Cloud”, came from a synopsis of "The Matrix" movie, that was obtained from "IMDB" - the Internet Movies Database.
IMDB ( http://www.imdb.com/ ) is a magnificent site that has information on just about every movie ever made. Check it out sometime.
The only potential difficulties for using WORDLE might be if your computer's Firewall blocks the Wordle Java applet from running, or if your Internet Browser is not setup to allow Java to run. Both of these problems are easily solved by reading through the information at: http://www.wordle.net/faq
How to Use Wordle
The Open Office Flash SWF Presentation in the link below gives step by step information about How to Use WORDLE.

(Click on the current slide to advance forwards each time.)
http://www.passyworld.com/passySWFs/WordleHowToPPA.swf
If you would like to download the full 7meg Powerpoint 2003 (higher quality resolution) version of the above presentation, then click here:
(Be warned that it takes a good 2 minutes, or longer to load in)
http://www.passyworld.com/passyPPTs/wordlePPAmod.ppt
Using Wordle in the Classroom

The following Slideshare presentation has some great suggestions about how to use Wordle in the Classroom:
http://www.slideshare.net/JenniferW/wordle-ideas?type=presentation
and here are 20 more ideas about using Wordle:
(from: http://thecleversheep.blogspot.com/2008/10/top-20-uses-for-wordle.html )
1] Convert a sonnet or Shakespearean play; or children's book (Dr. Seuss anyone?);
2] Paste the contents of an online discussion to coalesce the main ideas;
3] Combine student 'Who Are You?' introductions, or 'Superhero

Traits' to develop a class composite;
4] Condense survey data by dumping content of questionnaire responses into the Wordle engine;
5] Combine news articles or RSS feeds on a given topic;
6] Turn an essay into a poster;
7] Combine blog posts over time into a simplified represetation or use it to compare the ideas of competing ideas;
8] Use font, colour and arrangement strategies to appropriately represent content;
9] Automate the creation of word poetry;
10] As an introduction to a unit or course, combine key words; themes; curriculum expectations to provide learners with a visual overview of content;
11] Convert nutritional content of one's weekly diet or of a group's menu preferences;
12] Condense a Wikipedia article into it's essence;
13] Paste the results of a Google search (Can you guess the keywords I used?);
14] Convert social bookmark tags;
15] Enter keywords from weekly weather reports to obtain a seasonal picture;
16] Distill song lyrics like "Stairway to Heaven";
17] Find out what you've been up to by summarizing To-Do lists;
18] Represent the results of a brainstorming session or the minutes of a meeting visually;
19] Show "Today in History" stories in a new way;
20] Convert past or current email messages into a composite of your correspondence;

Enjoy,

Paul Pascoe
IT / Maths Teacher
St Francis Xavier College Berwick
mppascoe@bigpond.com