Many of you have probably used an interactive whiteboard and either added text, shapes, or colors to it. Mural.ly is an online whiteboard on steroids. You can add photos, links, video, presentations, and comments. It even has a chat box that you can use during collaboration.
Instead of suggesting one particular lesson here, I am going to generate a few ideas that could help you get started using it with your classes. Then I hope others will generate more potential lesson ideas below.
Before beginning an actual lesson, make sure that you have at least demonstrated the features, if not had them try hands on. Consider showing them the instructional video clip.
Before a lesson:
In small groups, (the board could look busy if too many students are on) use it to engage learners and activate schema around a topic. A simple example might be when a class is reading about a news event. Ask them to demonstrate the location of the event with text, links, or pictures, or ask them to add YouTube news video of related stories.
During a lesson:
- Have beginning ELLs (or others) share photos of their family and then describe each family member.
- Ask students to add their favorite YouTube videos on a specified topic. For example: For ELLs, the past tense; for ABE, fractions; and for career readiness, how to prepare for an interview.
- Each student shares a link to their favorite educational website. The other students in the group go to the sites and share one thing that they learned on them.
- Have students use the comment feature to share their thoughts about another student’s posting.
- As a writing activity, ask students to work together to give directions or instructions. You might suggest they use arrows pointing from one step to another.
- Have students use Mural.ly for a collaboration tool as they brainstorm ideas, gather resources, and organize their presentation. Make sure they use the chat box to communicate!
- Create a holiday board, for example in anticipation of Thanksgiving, with images, videos and “stickies” stating what they are thankful for. (You might want to consider a project that deals with how Native Americans view this day.) Follow up with an activity after the holiday where students might add photos or comments about how they spent the day off.
After a lesson
- Using stickies, ask learners to reflect on how they will use the information they learned in a lesson.
- Have students share their project documents, presentation or video on Murla.ly.
- Add comments on each student's work for the other students to read
- Use the chat feature to ask questions about a topic and have students respond in real time.
Share any comments, your experience using this activity or any suggested variations you have (particularly using other technologies).