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Tools for Collaboration

wikia, wikiWikia hosts wikis in over 200 languages(there are 8 types of Chinese languages available), there are over 150,000 sites and over 30,000,000 visitors per month here. This Children’s Books Wiki is an active community, check it out if you are interested.

Wikispaces – great for collaboration in class to foster project-based and collaborative learning, here are a good presentation to give your ideas and tips; sign up here for an education account so you can add and manage student accounts, and a plain explanation about wiki in Youtube is a good start to learn about it

Weebly – A great place to start for building a website for your classroom

Voicethread – web-based communication network built specifically for K-12 students and eductors, it’s a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam); you can share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too, embed it into other websites, or export it to MP3 players or DVDs. is a free, online toolkit that makes it easy to work in groups. It lets users form online groups and provides the tools to create private listservs and web addresses; manage events with a shared calendar; send eMail, text, and voice messages; and manage files in a shared folder; host web meeting and chatroom; share computer screens; poll your group in real time. The iphone app is available.

Zoho offers a complete range of free online productivity and collaboration applications, including email, word processor, spreadsheets, slide shows, document management folders, wiki, note taker, online organizer, group chats, web conferencing, database, project collaboration, and a repository to share documents with other users. All Zoho applications work together seamlessly. This is an excellent alternative to software based office suites. Students and teachers can create and share documents online easily.

google doc includes step-by-step guides for using Google Docs, a set of four documents for student use, and a teachers’ guide with suggested lesson plans. Click the photo below to link to how-to tutorial by

GCFlearnFree, google doc, learn google doc free

Nota – Connect, collaborate, and co-create in real time! Nota, a dynamic whiteboard wiki, allows multiple users to write and integrate text, paste photos and maps, add video and audio to make brainstorms, presentations, and scrapbooks in a snap.  (from 2011 ALA Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning)

MixBook is like a digital scrapbook. You can choose theme, background, layouts and creative elements, you can use pictures and clip arts from your computers or from online photo albums : Picasa, Flickr, Smugmug, PhotoBucket or facebook. You can invite your friends to collaborate on the same project, edit and share the books online for FREE! MixBook for Educators is a safe environment for digital storytelling project in classrooms.

Skrbl – Team resources for online collaboration, like an virtual office, it’s an online multi user whiteboard, Share resources with your team, co browse the web, annotate shared documents, video phone, skype calls …

Twiddla – Cooperatively mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas, it’s an online real-time web-meeting tool with voice chat capability, the professional version is offered free for education use now

Scribblar – a multi-user real-time whiteboard, with live audio and video, image collaboration, text chat ; the PRO version can be embedded into your own websites with your own logo and look

Dabbleboard – an Online collaborative whiteboard for real-time communication with voice and video chat available, no desktop sharing

IDroo – an online educational whiteboard to use with skype to give you the instant collaboration with unlimited participants, there are math typing tools, drawing and writing tools and input images onto the window in different ways, it’s free for non-commercial use.

Scriblink is a free digital whiteboard that users can share online in real-time, with in-screen chat, VOIP conferencing, file transfer. – this is probably the easiest tool for online real time collaboration ever, click create a new document, send the URL to your students and away you go, you can see the other persons typing in  in a different color, this works great for small groups. Users can import and export text files, websites, and documents for collaborative learning, brainstorming, and editing. Students can collaborate with one another on projects or group study sessions, and revisions are saved. A time slider function lets users and teachers view the chat progression.

Writeboard – web-base text documents let you save every edit, roll back to any version, and easily compare changes

JoinMe allows you to share your screen live with up to 250 viewers for free. You can even view the screencast on ipad/iPhone and Android phones. Yeou can even control the viewed computer remotely, a useful feature for fixing any computer problems from afar. You need to download a small file to start sharing. is an open-source backchannel tool developed at the MIT Media Lab, you can create an online forum through which users can exchange messages in response to a presentation they’re watching, multiple backchannels and voting feature are available and you can set start and end time

Wall Wisher is a web application that provides a virtual bulletin board for teachers to questions or ideas for students to think about, students are sent the unique wall URL and can leave virtual sticky notes answering the question, it fosters collaboration between students.

SchoolTube – a place for teachers and students to share videos online and in 21st century classroom, it offers free channels where teachers can post student videos, to premium channels and super channels with more features

Dipity lets students and teachers create free interactive timelines. Dipity’s mission is to organize the internet’s data by date and time. Users can create their timelines and link video, images, audio, social media, and more. Creating timelines has never been more engaging or fun. (from ALA Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning)

Edistorm takes away the idea of sticky notes on a wall and makes it virtual. Brainstorm, think out ideas alone or with friends; plan out anything you like with Edistorm. Use virtual sticky notes in Edistorm to come up with a multitude of ideas all on one site. (from ALA Top 25 Websites for Teaching and Learning)

WeVideo is a new service which let people collaborate on making video online and share through social media, with internet connection, you can access the video on smartphones, tablets or laptops.

Hoot.Me is a Facebook application that allows you see what your classmates are working on and collaborate inside of Facebook. Once you join a study session, you can collaborate using group video conferencing and smart chat. Smart chat allows typed math equations to be automatically reformatted to look the way they should. Sessions are stored and video can be recorded, so you can get help from past conversations and receive notifications when your questions are answered. Check the private box before creating your session and invite only the people you want with the invite button or by sharing the private link.


Best Free Online Wiki Announced! (Jeremy Horn shared both the enjoyable and disappointing of free, online wikis from the most popular to a couple of up-and-comers.)

8 Social Media Strategies for Your Classroom

9 Crowdsourced Ways To Create A Collaborative Multimedia Book

10 tools to improve communication (from Gigaom)

EdWeb2 – Web2.0 Tools web2.0 tools, ed web2

You can find tools for real time collaboration/communication through video conferencing here.


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“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
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