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Use Lino Sticky Notes for Colorful Class Discussions

on July 24, 2013

I began using the free online Lino sticky notes in my class last year after looking for ways to increase class participation during class discussion.  I have used Lino in various ways throughout the year to aid in class discussion, to answer study questions, to lead department meetings, and to lead parent discussions. Lino eliminates the need for paper sticky notes or the large easel-sized notepaper.


Here is how to get started:

Sign up at

  • I signed up and tried to invite students to join my Lino sticky note account, but most of my kids did not receive the email invitation, so I created an account under my name and shared the same password with all classes.

Create Classes

  • Create different groups for the different classes that will participate during the year.Image

Create a Canvas

  • Create a canvas for each class and for each different discussion. For example, I had two sections of APEL so I created a canvas for each period.Image

Group Students

  • Most of my students have cell phones, iPads, or Kindles with Internet access. I make sure that there is at least one device in each group.  I give my iPad to the group without a device.

Use a Projector

  • Project the Lino canvas from a teacher computer for the whole class to see as they type in responses. This is also a good way to keep an eye on the posts or to edit student posts in real time.

Get Students Posting

  • Assign each student a role to play in the discussion group. I sometimes have students turn in a worksheet that accompanies the discussion or take notes in their 70-page spiral notebook. One or two students in each group can share the posting duty.

Discuss Lino Sticky Note Posts

  • Call groups to the front of the room in front of the projected Lino sticky notes.  Enlarge the group’s sticky note as they discuss what they have written.Image

Save the Canvas for Later Studying

  • Save the Lino sticky notes. When the class has finished the discussion the sticky notes with all of the class input will be available for later viewing.

Types of Activities

  1. Answer study guide questions
  2. Create vocabulary notes
  3. Summarize a passage or a speech
  4. Analyze a passage or a speech
  5. Explain the correct response from a multiple-choice test
  6. Take a survey
  7. Create class norms for future discussions
  8. Post ideas for a class project
  9. Add photos and links to the canvas
  10. Use Lino at Parent Night, department meetings, and staff meetings

I hope this is helpful. Please let me know how this works out for you in your classroom 🙂 I am excited to know about the different ways you use Lino.


6 responses to “Use Lino Sticky Notes for Colorful Class Discussions

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  3. […] used to increase class participation. Indeed, according to Victoria Porraz, an English teacher from, Lino helps with class discussions. The teacher could assign a different role to every student, and […]

  4. […] creative freedom for setting up activities and more. To illustrate this, “MRSPORRAZ” on EnglishTeacherFiles made a list of some 10 activities made possible by this app, including taking a survey, posting […]

  5. […] or instructions with the students about school projects. Furthermore, according to English teacher Mrs. Porraz, Lino sticky notes can increase class participation during class […]

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