Lino Logo: sticky note on a canvas

Lino is a web-based “sticky note” service that offers bulletin boards, called “canvases,” on which people can post stickies. You can customize your canvas, choosing colors and backgrounds; pick and choose your sticky notes colors; even upload files and pictures on your canvas. You can create as many canvases as you want, and have your students interact within the canvases, even start discussions using the stickies.

Tool Snapshot

Price Free (basic); Premium $29.99/year
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Ease of Use ★★★★★
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Accessibility ★★★☆☆
Class Size Unlimited
ISTE*S Empowered Learner, Digital Citizen, Knowledge Constructor, Creative Communicator, Global Collaborator
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One can either be a registered user or a guest (i.e., a non-registered user). Both kinds of users can post comments on the canvas. Canvases have three levels of privacy: “Public” (publicly accessible), “Friends” (limitedly accessible), and “Private” (non-accessible except by its creator). You can use Lino on your computer and on your Android and iOS devices as well. You create your account using an OpenID, from either your Yahoo, Facebook or Twitter credentials for instance.

Screenshot of Lino

Lino is great for displaying and constructing knowledge, brainstorming and mind mapping activities. Students can submit comments and respond to each other. For instance, the teacher posts the following question on the canvas:  “What classroom rules do we need to create a positive classroom atmosphere?” Students can have a sticky each and respond on each other’s canvases. You could have study guide questions or create vocabulary, math, flashcards.

Lino Overview Video

***Lino Review Video Transcript***

Lino & the SAMR Model

  • Substitution: Students write digital post-it notes on Lino rather than on physical post-it notes. 
  • Augmentation: Students can access the virtual Lino board anytime – in or out of school – for review. 
  • Modification: Students located at a distance can creatively collaborate with each other in order to achieve the same learning goal.
  • Redefinition: Students can synchronously design and add different content.

Learning Activities

Lino is a great tool for interactive brainstorming activities and for backchanneling for any subject. Here are a few examples:


  • You can use it for interactive storytelling where students need to continue a storyline one sticky at a time.
  • Composition, book discussions.
  • Brainstorming class rules with students.
  • Brainstorming final projects.
  • Mind mapping.


  • Collaborative activities where students can create comprehensible output. 
  • Scaffolding activities related to conjugation, grammar and vocabulary.


  • Visually representing scientific processes.
  • Citizen science-have students from around the world sharing data about a selected topic.
  • Cellular study: you can create jigsaws related to cells composition.
  • Posting videos showing a scientific timeline.


How to Use Lino

  1.  Go to
  2. Either Click “Sign Up” for free, or use your Facebook, Twitter or Facebook credentials
  3. You will be given a new canvas
  4. Add stickies by clicking on the right corner frame
  5. Add pictures if needed

  6. You can upload files only if you are a registered user!
  7. Make sure to tick the “privacy box” under each sticky.


D’Agustino, S. Ed (2016) Creating Teacher Immediacy in Online Learning Environments. Hershey, PA: I.G.I.

Sanchez Terrell, S (2015) The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching. New York, NY: Routledge.

Anderson, R.S. Ed (2014) Handbook of Research on Digital Tools for Writing Instruction in K-12 Settings. Hershey, PA: I.G.I