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Create corkboards for any of your classes; they can be a place to communicate, an open forum for questions, or a spot to share information. You could put together a corkboard on Pride and Prejudice that features links to film clips, historical and biographical information on Jane Austen, and book excerpts or quotes. You can then assign it to students, asking them to read and review its contents, leave comments, and engage in a discussion. Students can also create their own corkboards that include multimedia they can present to the class.Continue reading Show less
Sign up for Corkboard with an email and password (or through your Facebook account). They'll send you an email confirmation link; click on it and you'll be brought to the site's home page. First, configure your account. You can choose to make your corkboards public or private and can add information about yourself (it even includes a space for your phone number). To make your first corkboard, go to the Corkboard tab and click Create Corkboard. Add a name, description, an image if desired, and the email addresses of others who can also post to this corkboard.
There are many virtual corkboard sites out there. Although this one is serviceable, it's nothing special compared to its many competitors. It's easy to use, which is great, and very simple -- there's nothing to distract kids (like too many customization options, etc.). It's also free, which is a bonus.
If students use it to manage their own projects, they'll learn organizational skills and, if they choose to collaborate on a corkboard, how to work with peers. Students with learning differences may find it useful to view information in a non-linear way.