lino - Sticky and Photo Sharing
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
- combining knowledge
- time management
- conveying messages effectively
- multiple forms of expression
- group projects
- social media
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
The design is colorful but a bit too busy and tight on phone screens. Buttons can be cryptic.
Teens can interact with family information and events through a modern, sleek interface similar in function if not appearance to social-media sites.
Plentiful help is available but perhaps a bit too fussy. Accessibility is good with visual menus, but they can be hard to see because of lack of contrast.
What's it about?
After installing LINO and signing up, teens find themselves at their main page already full of stickies with links to web-based help explaining how lino works. In the My Canvases section, users on iOS devices can create a new canvas. On Android devices they'll need to connect to the lino website, which functions like a dashboard for most of the Android app's functionality, then return to the app, where users are restricted to creating new stickies and viewing tasks. Tap on a sticky to edit, pin, or delete.
Is it any good?
As a virtual yet private message center, lino works like a charm with an old-fashioned bulletin board feel and some nifty modern bells and whistles. Canvases can have cork or various fabric-looking backgrounds, and stickies can be one of 10 pastel colors with tags, icons, colored fonts in varying sizes, and a "due date" (which adds it to the tasks list). Users can embed in each sticky an image, a file for download, or a link to videos hosted at YouTube, Vimeo, or Ustream; and canvases can be embedded or linked to from other web sites. Synchronization is pretty quick between device and desktop. The iOS version of the app is superior to the Android version in some ways; for example, you can easily create and save a new canvas within the iOS version of the app, but you'll need to leave to app and open a browser to do this in the Android version.
While lino's does lend itself to sharing and collaborating, the app seems more like an appealing way for parents to stay in touch with kids (e.g., "Remember to walk the dog.") than something teens would use on their own. A great deal of the functionality -- like the ability to create canvases and move stickies around (for the Android app), and to manage groups (for both the Android and iOS apps) -- is available only through a link to the lino website, but this out-of-app interface can be difficult to navigate on the small screen. Plus, lino is just a tad too busy and crowded overall. A scenario could involve a parent on a desktop or tablet posting and managing, while the teen on a mobile device would be mostly reading and posting simple stickies.
Families can talk about...
Discuss as a family the best ways to communicate about family events. Put as many options on the table as possible, for example, phone, texting, online calendar, and lino.
Consider using at least two methods that complement each other.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android|
|Pricing structure:||Free, Paid|
|Subscription price:||Premium is $1.99 per month or $29.99 per year|
|Release date:||November 19, 2012|
|Version:||Android 1.0.138; iOS 1.5.0|
|Minimum software requirements:||Android 2.1 and up; iOS 5.0 or later|