My fifth grade students have been working hard on their Tree of Life interpretations and family tree digital projects. They are coming alone great and the kids are proud. They are so proud that they want an opportunity to show them off. They initiated a conversation about having a "fancy art evening" just for the fifth grade.
I agreed and decided to combine all my fifth grades in one art gallery event. We are going to have our paintings as well as our digital family trees on display for our friends and families to admire. I wanted the students to drive the event but was hung up on how to have students share ideas and communicate being in two different locations. I stumbled across the website, linoit and success ensued.
Linoit is a free service that allows you to create bulletin boards of virtual sticky notes. After registering for an account you can create as may bulletin boards as you want and play with privacy settings to allow others (including non registered users) to gain access to the board and have an opportunity to leave a sticky notes. Students LOVED being a part of the creative planning process as well as participating in a new social media meet up. These students haven't met for the most part so they were double excited to see their peers' ideas. Students came up with great ideas. Now, I just have to make it all happen!
Below is the board that I created if you want to check it out. I closed it for now, but feel free to take a look.
How do you have students communicate with one another?