Weekly Wonder #6 Stixy

Stixy is a wonderful, flexible tool that offers so much for students and teachers. Basically, it is an online sticky board, similar to Wallwisher and Linoit. If you are familiar with these tools then it wil be an easy step to using Stixy.

For me, Stixy has been more stable than the oher two tools. I made the move to Stixy due to access problems with Linoit. However, the ability to add documents, pictures, to do lists and regular stickies has added more depth to the wall and more possibilities.

Adding documents allows for students to peer assess work, show best practise, access specifications etc. The ability to insert images can show the stages in the development of products, share learning experiences or share images of notes or brainstorms. The flexibility of adding coloured post its or stickies allows you to post questions or answers in groups, e.g. Help in red, solutions in green. The todo list can allow students to help in creating the success criteria, setting deadlines or help organisation. Thse “widgets” can be locked which avoids accidental deletion and can also be recovered!

Here are some examples:

Year 11 DiDA Unit 3: Graphics
Year 10 DiDA Unit1: Using ICT 

Below is a useful video that shows an overview:

Stixy is a very easy tool to use and implement, possibly made easier by the fact that I have immediate access to ICT facilities. However, it can also be used to aid discussion outside of the lesson, e.g. to record questions in preparation for the next lesson, peer assess, collate research, brainstorm ideas.

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About St John's ICT

ICT Subject Learning Co-ordinator, responsible for whole school ICT, inteerested in Web 2.0 tools, using iPads and mobile devices, BYOD and connecting students and schools through ICT to enhance Teaching and Learning.
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