Everything that I have been reading about creating more innovative spaces has included the need to create collaboration spaces that are easily accessible. One book suggested using Showerboard as an alternative to an official whiteboards, but we don't have any wall space to hang it on. I also looked into Idea Paint, but again a lack of wall space and cost made this unreasonable. I ended up finding Wall Pops dry erase decals ($20 each of Amazon). They are peel and stick whiteboard decals. They are repositionable and are safe to apply to all kinds of surfaces.
I bought one for every one of our library tables. They don't cover the entire table surface because students will need to use the tables for more than just collaborating, especially using glue. I don't want that on the whiteboard surface. I put them on this morning. There was a buzz about them at lunch and after lunch I had two Grade 9 Social Studies classes working on an Industrial Revolution news broadcast. They used the whiteboard space to brainstorm and plan their broadcasts. They were humming with activity and on task for most of the class. They were excited. It was a small change, but early indications are that it will have a big impact.