Thursday, 4 February 2010


I've spent the last two days at the yearly Follett Destiny workshop held in Bangkok. Lucky for me that they asked for librarian presentations this year, so I jumped at the chance to share some of the tools and activities I've been doing (or wish to do in a perfect world). Imagine the chance to actually be in the same room as 40 other librarians--it simply doesn't happen for us in the Asian region.

One of my favorite new tools that I shared with the group was Wallwisher. It's the whole 'get a sticky note, write your thoughts and stick it to the chart paper' activity but online. Brilliant! It's free, and I can keep the information archived each time I build a new wall.

Off the top of my head, I can think of a gazillion authentic ways to use this tool, and I'd be going nuts if I were a classroom teacher. I used it as an introduction activity in my presentation (but somehow forgot to refresh and so no post-its showed mantra--refresh, refresh, refresh) and asked what people like best about being a librarian. Click on the photo above to see our thoughts.

Here is an amazing selection of different ways to use Wallwisher. Imagine having it set up in your library and have kids just walk up and add favorite books each month, images included. Wow.


Vicki A. Davis said...

This looks like a fascinating tool! So cool. Thanks for sharing -I'm tweeting this one out now.

MrsE said...

Hi Tara, I'm looking for good examples of Elementary school library websites, wikis. Do you have one? Or can you recommend any? Just trying to get the elem. librarians in my district to start developing their own web presence. Thanks!

Audrey Nay said...

finding ways to bring the three together...
love it!!
Sums up what I am trying to do too.

Becky Maher said...

What a great tool! You have me thinking...again. Thanks!

Colleen said...

Chrissy showed us Wallwisher and I really liked it, but wasn't sure how to use it in the library. Thanks for the link to possible uses. I'm going to create a New Year's resolution wall this week and see what the kids add to it. I can print one out for each class. Fun! Next time I'll do something library related, but I can't pass up Vietnam's new year happening.