Magazine article Technology & Learning

Top Web Tools for Enhancing Collaboration

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Top Web Tools for Enhancing Collaboration

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It's not news that collaboration is a proven method for effective teaching, and Web 2.0 has enlarged the possibility of peer collaboration to a global scale. What follows is some of the coolest tools you can use to kick-start collaborative projects in your district in any curriculum

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It's not news that collaboration is a proven method for effective teaching, and Web 2.0 has enlarged the possibility of peer collaboration to a global scale. What follows is some of the coolest tools you can use to kick-start collaborative projects in your district in any curriculum.

* AwesomeHighlighter is the easiest way to highlight texts on Web pages. When you finish highlighting, you get a link and share it with others. If you like this, you should also try Markkit.

* Board800 is a multi-user-shared interactive whiteboard with simultaneous access and drawing capabilities. Users can use each page independently, and each user can see the changes on each page.

* CoSketch is another whiteboard that you can collaborate on to visualize your ideas and share them as images. The good thing is that you don't have to register or install anything. It works in all browsers, it's real time, and you can get an embed code for your drawing after you finish.

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* Creately lets you create professional-looking online diagrams with your colleagues.

* With CubeTree, you can create wikis, blogs, profiles, and feeds for your groups.

* DabbleBoard is a whiteboard that enables you to visualize, explore, and collaborate. It also lets you conduct presentations and chat, though you cannot share files.

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* Dimdim is a tool for hosting or attending online meetings and Webinars. You can give presentations, share Web pages, voice, and video; you can record your own voice without installing anything. t is a similar tool.

* DoingText is a

Web-based text editor for collaborative writing. You tell others the URL, and they write comments and make changes without signing up. It lets you track changes and comments by RSS feed and export text by embedding in other pages.

* Drop.io is a simple real-time sharing and collaboration tool that lets you share text, video, and audio. You can also create online collaborative presentations and record your voice.

* EditGrid is an online spreadsheet. You can share the spreadsheet with other users, many users can edit at the same time, and you can embed charts and tables.

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* EtherPad is a Web-based word processor that lets you work with others at the same time. When several users are working on the same documents simultaneously, you can get feedback immediately. You know who contributed to the text, and all changes are saved on the server in case you have to undo.

* Flashmeeting is a tool for meeting people anywhere in the world. You book a meeting time and create a password that you share with others you want to collaborate with, and voila! collaboration starts here.

* FlockDraw is a real-time collaborative-drawing tool.

* Grou.ps lets you create your own social network. You can create your forum or mailing list; share documents, files, and your agenda for organizing events; have your own YouTube; and share links, bookmarks, and photos. You can chat in real time, you can let the users have subgroups, and it's free.

* If you are using Twitter, you may want to try GroupTweet. It lets you turn your Twitter account into a group communication tool with which everyone in the group uses direct messages. When a member receives a GroupTweet turns it into a new tweet that all followers in the group can see.

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* ImaginationCubed is a multi-user drawing tool. You can use a pen, stamps, shapes, or lines, or you can type. You can also change the color of the background. …

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