Review by Polly Conway, Common Sense Education | Updated October 2013

Lino

Sticky-note tool helps organize; compatible with multimedia

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Pros: Lino's teen-friendly extra features give it a slight edge over the many other sticky-note sites out there.

Cons: There's a slight language barrier in some of the site's text.

Bottom Line: This standard sticky-note platform does what it promises, giving users a place to organize and share.

Lino's done a good job of promoting its tool to educators, and some teachers have used this basic sticky-note system in really creative ways. One English teacher put together "The Crucible Playlist," giving students access to add songs they felt related to the classic play and short descriptions of the reasons behind their choices. On a simpler level, you can ask students to use Lino to organize a school project or to research a particular subject.

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Lino is a web-based sticky note platform that lets users add virtual sticky notes to a virtual bulletin board, or "canvas." Each note can contain simple text, or you can add photos. Canvases can be left public or made private, and you can invite others to join and contribute content. You can download a bookmarklet tool to make it easier to grab content from the web; you also can view and search through public canvases for interesting content. Students can create canvases for fun stuff, too; a board filled with Minecraft tips or My Little Pony photos can be shared with friends, who can be invited to contribute. An upgrade to Lino Premuim offers more storage and an ad-free experience.

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Lino has a lot of competition with the roughly one zillion virtual sticky-note sites out there right now. How does it stack up? Right in the middle. It does what it claims to do, and its service is tidy and can be very helpful. It's reasonably customizable, and the platform is intuitive. Lino is based in Japan, and there's a slight language barrier evident in the site's text sections; still, instruction is clear and highly detailed. Why use Lino? The free version offers enough storage for casual users, and its colorful backgrounds and Emoji-like icons will appeal to kids.

Lino can help students learn to group information in a way that makes the most sense to them. They'll learn the importance of keeping track of tasks and of scheduling, even if it's for something as simple as doing their homework each night. They can also learn simple research skills by finding sources online and posting the links in an organized way on a Lino board. While Lino isn't very complex, the tools that it does offer are easy to use and potentially helpful.

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Overall Rating
3

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
3

Design is basic but very customizable; it involves square sticky notes on a virtual board, but you can choose colors and font size. Virtual sticky notes are about as fun as the real thing -- that is to say, they're only kind of fun.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
3

As kids add sticky notes to a canvas, they'll be building organizational skills that will help them as adults. By sharing boards, they'll develop some social skills and learn to collaborate.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
3

The FAQ is very detailed and answers any question imaginable. However, the answers provided by this Japanese company are very formal and literal. Data is safely saved.


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Maria S. , Classroom teacher
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South Vermillion Community Schools
Clinton, IN
5
Fantastic for research project (replaces those index cards that students lose!)

Fantastic! I would absolutely use this with 6-12 grade students. It could be overwhelming for students in K-4.

Students were quite exited, as well as I, when they realized they could customize their board with a new background and colored stickies. Great way to get students excited about organization!

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