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CC 9 July 2009)
Web 2.0 is all about forging connections. Students are already good at this, so we want them to use that skill to collaborate to make their learning more powerful. My students think the live large because they have big circles of friends. As I see it they want to spend time with people who confirm their ideas about the world and their place in it. Collaboration is about taking on the challenge of considering different views, taking them on board, and growing one's own perspective as a result. These tools can make that possible and even easy to facilitate.

Links to Tools



Uses & More Image Links



chat room
*embed a chat room on your site
*use web, im, email, phone (text)
*no registration required
*enable students to communicate using text messages

social bookmarking

*like having your own shelf in a library; create a research collection that students can access
*highlight passages add sticky notes with questions to be answered

Diigo Educator
*educator accounts
*apply for the upgrade
*students can have their own accounts; carry them form class to class
*can moderate content and assess individual & group contributions (have students tag bookmarks with personal monikers and group id's)
*graduates can be transferred back to normal account status and kept for personal use after graduation

educational microblogging
*built with the privacy of students in mind
"Edmodo provides a way for teachers and students to share notes, links, and files. Teachers have the ability to send alerts, events, and assignments to students."

collaborative calendar
*must access through your g-mail account
*post timelines for student projects; embed in other websites with key class/school dates

collaborative authoring
*data collection forms
*must access through your g-mail account
*can upload files from your computer or online
*use as a student journal to which you can add replies
*use for students to work synchronously and asynchronously on one document

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*social network
*open source
*social networking + a wiki + unlimited storage of any and all kinds of files & no ads


*social network for educators + free access to Elluminate
*Steve Hargadon's new collborative endeavour
  • connect with colleagues
  • share content
  • join discussions
  • attend events
  • use virtual meeting rooms for collaboration
*upcoming event May 19 @ 1-2 Pacific

social networks
*a place for people with shared interests or concerns to connect with each other
  • personal profiles
  • forums & discussions
  • comment walls
  • post videos or photos
  • form groups
  • invite new members
  • built in blog
  • network with over 19000 educators world- wide
  • "the social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies in education"
  • "We especially hope that those who are 'beginners' will find this a supportive community and a comfortable place to start being part of the digital dialog."



PBwiki has been renamed.

Basic is free, but there is so little storage, if you want to store videos, you'll need to pay for a classroom account.
"PBworks hosts more classroom wikis than anyone else in the world, and lets you create a simple, secure wiki in about 60 seconds.
*Wikis drive engagement and collaboration. A wiki is a live, evolving document – but gives you user tracking and access controls to monitor your wiki at all times.
*You can make your wiki public or private or anywhere in between. No matter what, PBworks keeps your students’ information safe."
*resources about wikis

Web-based word processor that enables teachers and students to work together.
I'm not sure what this has over Google Docs?
1. PrimaryWall sticky notes integration
2. PrimaryPaint drawing integration
3. Not blocked by filters in most districts/areas
4. Incredibly stable
5. We have a business model built around our service so we're not going anywhere
6. Copy pad and make template feature
7. Talk to chat (currently Google Chrome only)
8. Wordle word visualiser integration
9. Import/export
10. Image upload/insert inline

"an OpenID enabled web application that combines the elements of wiki, word processing, and file organization into an easy, simple, and intuitive user experience"
"Users are able to write notes through a WYSIWYG editor along with templates and plug-ins that are continually being expanded for endless features and increased functionality. Also Springnote gives users a variety of access options from sharing, having collaborators, and creating a private or public notebook. You can organize all the information you need at your fingertips."
LInk to sample

free online computer to computer chats using text, microphone, or webcam
*there is an iPhone & iPod touch version as well now*
*if you skype from a computer to a phone there is a monthly fee
*Skype to Skype calls
*Free video calls

*mind maps & charts
/*visualize information
"Markup ideas on embeddable "slates" and collaborate in real-time."
*can be embedded into blog, website or wiki
*can start from a community template or fill an empty slate

Sept.09 from Vince Hill
discussion board
*Can insert forum topics into blogs, social networks, and websites
*start or join a global discussion

twitter for schools
Students login using your classroom code and their random password – which you also have the option to change, thus never entering personal details such as their name, age or email.
I've been thinking about a use for math -- now that I've found a tool I can use in Canada because there's no registration by email required.

*build knowledge collaboratively
*view the tour/how to videos
*create and store the information you want participants to have when working on projects --> Educational Wikis

posting stickt notes on a common wall
Do I need to sign up to make a wall?
"No, you can start building a wall straight away. We will, however, need your email address. A temporary account will be created for you using your email address so that you can come back and make changes to the wall. You can use this account for all your subsequent visits to this site."

July 2010
facilitates working in groups
*Participants do not have to register to be invited to a group
Collaborate via
  • communication -- virtual meetings, conference calls, email, text, voice messages, polls
  • share -- to-do lists calendar, files
iPod touch
Oct. 2011
Wikispaces Educator
*no ads
*private use, public view
*Apply for the free educator upgrade
(K-higher ed.)
*In September 2008 we gave away our 100,000th K-12 wiki. We know a good thing when we see it so we're givin away another 250,00 ad-free, private K-12 Plus wikis

online classroom
  • virtual classes
  • online tests
  • share & view educational content
  • group learners
  • search for a teacher
"WiZiQ is a web-based platform for anyone and everyone who wants to teach and learn live, online. Teachers and students use WiZiQ for its state-of-the-art virtual classroom, to create and share online educational content and tests, and to connect with persons having similar subject interests."

collaborative writing
*Upload documents, share with others, chat, assign tasks, track all acitons
"Writewith is a web-based software application designed for anyone who needs to work on a document with anyone else. Writewith.com can be used for office memos, group projects, news stories or even drafting a letter with a friend."