Web Wonder Week #8 - CorkboardMe
Experienced teacher and tech visionary Dan Roberts shares practical ICT ideas to use in the classroom. This week he’s been busy using a handy virtual noticeboard in his science lessons.
CorkboardMe is one of the easiest web tools I have ever used. I often find a need for it in the classroom; just his week I used it at the start of a year 9 chemistry lesson.
As you open the site, CorkboardMe creates an individual webpage for you with a unique web address. The students went to the same page on their computers and started answering my initial question: What did you learn about the periodic table last lesson?’
Corkboard works as an online sticky note tool; each student writes their comments on a sticky note. Within minutes we had lots of great information on there; in addition to their own thoughts, students had added links to YouTube videos, images and other relevant stuff. After five minutes we discussed some of the thoughts as a more interesting way to recap the previous lesson and connect the learning.
One thing to be aware of is the potential for students to delete their sticky notes whilst collaborating or to write rude things that can appear on the board. As long as you establish ground rules at the beginning you shouldn’t have a problem.
How to use CorkboardMe in the classroom
1. CorkboardMe is a great way to generate ideas at the start of a new unit of work or to get students to connect prior learning to new learning.
2. Get students to use CorkboardMe to collaborate on homework. Assign students, in pairs or groups, a specific web address which you’ve created with a question. Students can work on this question at home in collaboration with the rest of their team. Come the next lesson you can project the webpage on the board and the students can explain their work.
3. Students work in pairs to prepare for an essay or project. They research the essay/project and then share links of relevant research on CorkboardMe.
4. Share Corkboard with the staff at your school, you could use it live during a training or CPD event where teachers write comments or share ideas. Alternatively, teachers could use the tool to plan lessons collaboratively.
If you have a go at using this site then please leave a comment telling us a little bit more about how you used it and what the impact on learning was in your classroom.
Who is Dan Roberts?
Dan Roberts is a former deputy headteacher at Saltash.net Community School and is now headteacher at the International School Seychelles.
Dan is known to many who have read his blog as the ‘Chicken Man’ thanks to his work in the Recharge the Battery science project, which began when pupils wanted to rescue battery chickens from a local intensive farm to live a free-range life at the school. This scheme became the basis for a unique curriculum which has since been disseminated around the globe by Microsoft.
In recognition of his work, Dan won the ICT Visionary Award at the 2012 TES Awards, where he was commended as, “no one-trick pony (or even a one-trick chicken), but a bold scavenger who explores all sorts of different technologies and discovers new approaches for other teachers around the world”.
Keep up with Dan in on this blog and on Twitter @TesEdTech