lino - Sticky and Photo Sharing

Common Sense Media says

Colorful virtual bulletin board is busy but nearly seamless.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Despite complicated sharing and synchronization among channels and platforms, lino is quite easy to use, though the web interface on Android devices is a bit frustrating.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Banner ads run across the bottom in free versions of the app.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

lino terms of service indicate that "This service is available only to individuals of 13 years and older. Current official identifying information, contact information, and other information must be provided for the registration procedures and ongoing use of this service," however, age is not checked. You must enter a username, email address, and password to sign up.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know lino - Sticky and Photo Sharing is a virtual bulletin board sharing app with a website/desktop dashboard. Users must use an email address to create an account and groups, and to share with others. The service's terms of use state that you must be at least 13 to use lin. However, lino does not collect age data or block registrations; it simply asks those registering to agree to their terms of service by clicking a box next to the link. Lino is optimized for Android and iOS phones, but it's compatible with tablets as well.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others

Skills

Creativity

  • combining knowledge

Self-Direction

  • goal-setting
  • time management

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting

Collaboration

  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • social media
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The design is colorful but a bit too busy and tight on phone screens. Buttons can be cryptic.

Learning Approach

Teens can interact with family information and events through a modern, sleek interface similar in function if not appearance to social-media sites.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • presenting to others

Skills

Creativity

  • combining knowledge

Self-Direction

  • goal-setting
  • time management

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression
  • presenting

Collaboration

  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • social media
  • using and applying technology

Teens can learn some presentation skills like how to communicate concisely, illustrate with images and videos, and target messages -- a lot of the same skills they learn on Facebook. They can also practice social skills by being involved with family projects and happenings. Lino would benefit from interface improvements, especially for the Android version of the app, but otherwise it's a sophisticated and engaging tool that can help families keep in touch.

 

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free, Paid
Subscription price:Premium is $1.99 per month or $29.99 per year
Release date:November 19, 2012
Category:Productivity
Size:4.30 MB
Publisher:Infoteria
Version:Android 1.0.138; iOS 1.5.0
Minimum software requirements:Android 2.1 and up; iOS 5.0 or later

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Adult Written byamandap2 October 5, 2014
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Lino Website Review

Lino in my opinion is a very user-friendly tool. It is easy to access, join, and use and I think that is a great aspect to have as far as websites go. Lino has a lot of potential purposes and I think that you can dig into those and get good use out of the website. But as a basic user, or someone who is just looking to share information on their life and stay up-to-date with friends, this website is not your best option. There are just too many other tools better set up for that purpose. I think its best use is in education, especially for younger users. It is a fun, easy way to get kids involved and interested in content. Professionally, it has a major lack of purpose and I just do not see it being used in a professional world. Or a social world at that, its best possibility for use (as mentioned earlier) is in education.
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