NoteApp

Common Sense Media says

Tidy virtual space for storing and sharing tidbits of info.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids can speak their minds and be creative as they create customized post-it boards.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

CorkboardMe is a "freemium" product; users have free access to only one board and must pay $5 per month to upgrade. Users must give credit card information for a 30-day trial, and the site will begin charging after the trial period.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Only those invited to view or add to corkboards are able to view content. Users can share a link to their corkboards on Facebook.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that CorkboardMe is a virtual corkboard that allows users to post "sticky notes" containing information like lists, photos, and other documents. Other people invited to view the board can add to the notes, comment, and communicate in real time with the board owner. There's also a chat option. This "freemium" site lets users have one free board, but charges $5 per month for Pro access. Older kids can use CorkboardMe to manage their schedules, share school assignments with peers, and organize info cleanly and easily.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • reading
  • writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • collecting data

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently
  • time management

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Collaboration

  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

It's all in how you use it. As a repository for to-do-lists and notes, the tool isn't very engaging. But if a handful of people use it to collaborate on a project, it could be a very serviceable tool for sharing information.

Learning Approach

While it doesn't have to be used for learning, the tool can bring students together in collaboration and discussion. Kids can critique each other's posted work, add helpful ideas, or simply chat about a school assignment or class.

Support

Helpful support is absent. There are no help pages, no FAQ, and if you're confused, good luck. The home page states that you can drag and drop items, but there's no step-by-step instruction on this or any other technical subject.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • reading
  • writing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • collecting data

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently
  • time management

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Collaboration

  • group projects

Tech Skills

  • social media

Kids can learn how to organize information in a way that's accessible to them and to others. Color-coded sticky notes allow them to put like ideas with like, and they can create multiple corkboards for different subjects (i.e. Mrs. Johnson's English Lit or Justin Bieber Photo Bonanza). Kids can learn how to share their work and ideas in the same way adults do, preparing them for future collaboration.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

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What's it about?

CORKBOARDME is a virtual corkboard that allows users to create sticky notes filled with different types of information. Notes can contain simple to-do lists, jotted ideas, or become more complex with photos and attached files. Billed as "simple, collaborative notetaking," CorkboardMe also lets users share their boards with chosen peers, who can post new notes to the board, erase or add content, and even chat in real time.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

CorkboardMe isn't revolutionary, but it's a neat way to organize information and bring the sticky note into the 21st century. It was created for anyone to use, from businesses wanting to create a virtual conference room to single users just hoping to remember the milk. The site is pretty minimalist, but the graphics are crisp and the ability to add images or embed a site URL into a sticky note is a neat feature.

Unfortunately, the image and embedding features are only available with a paid account, making the free version limited to text. There's not a lot of guidance for use either (no text labels on various buttons), leaving it up to the user to figure out. Without a real help section to advise, some kids may have a hard time getting the hang of the features of CorkboardMe.

Families can talk about...

  • Families could create a "family corkboard" where all members can add schedules and make notes; a little businesslike, but helpful in this over-scheduled world.

  • Kids can virtually share school assignments they're especially proud of with parents by posting them to a family corkboard.

Website details

Genre:Creating
Price:$10/month
Pricing structure:Free to Try, Paid

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old June 18, 2013
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Don't Bother

The site costs $10/month and $60/year. You cant even get on the learning part without entering your credit card info. WARNING: Do not be fooled by a 30 day free trial!!!!!
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