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Multiple Writing Surfaces


Multiple writing surfaces promote collaboration by allowing groups to share information easily as they work. When a variety of writing surfaces are provided, learners also have choice in which writing surface they use.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this eighth grade math and science teacher resurfaced his chalkboards and classroom desks with whiteboard paint to create an interactive learning environment. By painting multiple surfaces, students have easy access to writing surfaces that can also be used collaboratively.

  • Teachers can provide different writing surfaces, such as whiteboards, dry erase sleeves, and tables, to encourage student choice and Motivation based on their preferences. Multiple writing surfaces on the walls also give students and teachers flexibility and space to move around the room, allowing students to see each other's ideas and build on them.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Learn how products like Post-it Super Sticky Dry Erase Surface allow students and teachers to quickly transform any surface into a whiteboard. By having the flexibility and ease of sticking the dry erase surface on anything, students can creatively write anywhere.

  • Designing digital learning spaces with multiple writing interfaces, such as typing and touchpads, facilitates brainstorming among learners and also the delivery of shared instructional material.
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