Thursday, April 24, 2014

Maximizing Linoboards in the Classroom

Linoboards are one of the educational world's fastest-growing online web-tools. Students always enjoy sharing their thoughts and ideas, and the linoboard allows them to do just that in a dynamic environment that immerses them in the subject matter while allowing them to express themselves freely. When set up effectively, the linoboard promotes retention, analysis, peer interaction, and opportunities for students to think creatively and to problem-solve.

JETS linoboard
In order to optimize the value of the linoboard, it is important for the teacher to organize the board effectively before the lesson so as to maximize student activity. Some tips that will help teachers make the most of the linoboard include:

1.       Set up a time limit to encourage the students to respond quickly. Tell the students that they have a specific number of minutes to respond on the linoboard to keep the pace of the class moving at a rapid clip.
2.       Remind the students to record their names on their sticky notes.
3.       Ask open-ended questions to solicit more thoughtful responses.
4.       Make your linoboard attractive with photos, videos, colors, and various text styles.
5.       Allow for differentiated learning styles. Give the students the option to choose which of the questions, videos, articles or other material to which they wish to relate. Offer them the opportunity to "work on 2 out of the 3 questions", respond with their choice of a visual, audio or visual tool, etc.
6.       Encourage peer interaction. Ask the students to debate one another, comment on each other's posts, etc. 
7.        Involve personal elements. Ask the students to comment on something in the material that is meaningful to them.
8.       Keep the assignment simple. Make sure that the instructions are clear and unambiguous.

JETS linoboard "Tzdekka Heroes"

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