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Tool #109: Wallwisher

Type:  Collaborative platform

Teacher:  All Levels (All Content Areas)

Student Use:  Respond to writing prompts, collaborate with peers

Wallwisher is a super simple collaborative platform.  This one is different because it is like a notice bulletin board.  I have used this in my classroom as a place for students to respond to a writing prompt.  They can read what other students have written and respond to those as well.  URLs and videos can be added to posts.

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June 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Tool #89: Twiddla

Type:  Online Collaborative Whiteboard

Teacher:  All Levels (All Content Area) and Professional Development

Student Use:  Group work, Homework help, Planning

Twiddla is one of many free online collaborative whiteboard spaces.  I like this one because it gives users the opportunity to kick the tires before launching a real session (you are kicking the tires at the same time someone else is kicking the tires … you are collaborating!)  You can write, type, draw, highlight … upload videos, bring in websites … I can imagine this being a great tool for math teachers.  Invite others to your session and collaborate in real time. 

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May 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #49: When is Good?

Type:  Scheduling meetings

Teacher:  All Levels (Personal Use)

Student Use:  Schedule study sessions, schedules meeting times for clubs & activities

When is Good is an easy to use tool to determine when everyone in your group is available to meet.  You select the times you can meet, send the link to your colleagues, they select when they can meet … visit the results and determine the best meeting time. 

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April 7, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #45: Thinkature

Type:  Online collaboration

Teacher:  All Levels, All Content Areas

Student Use:  Collaborate with members in group projects

Thinkature is a digital collaboration area that allows users to IM, voice chat, draw, type, insert graphic, insert images … they thought of it all!

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April 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tool #44: ShareTabs

Type:   Website sharing tool

Teacher:  All Levels, All Content Areas

Student Use:  Organize Internet research, Webquest-type activities

ShareTabs is a super simple tool that allows you to create one link for all the sites you want to share with others in one short URL.   It displays the sites in tab form and thumbnail form.  Easy way to get topical sites to your students. 

Here is an example of a ShareTab I created of the sites that I author or coauthor.

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April 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Tool #35: Sqworl

Type:  Website sharing, Modified webquests

Teacher:  All levels, All subjects

Student Use:  Internet site exploring, Modified webquests, Collaboration

Sqworl (love the name) lets you create one URL that houses several related sites.  This would be handy when you want your students to explore multiple sites … your students type in 1 website address, not multiple addresses (quite a time saver).  I also think the components of a Webquest could be easily applied to Sqworl, but I need to investigate that a bit more. 

Here is a short tutorial … as you listen, think of a topic you would want your students to explore. 

Here is an example created by a library media specialist for 5th graders working on their first research-style assignment (Thanks, DB, for sharing). 

March 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Tool #32: Evernote

Type:  Digital storage and notation

Teacher:  All (for personal use), All subjects, middle & upper

Student Use:  Research skills, Digital technology skills

Evernote lets you take notes on all of the digital content you encounter and organize and share it.  From to-do lists to screenshots of websites, Evernote is a one-spot-stop for getting your digital “stuff” organized. 

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Tool #19: Yack Pack

Type:  Collaboration, Voice Sharing

Teacher:  All Levels (but amazing tool for foreign langauge teachers, any teacher that requires student collaboration)

Student Use:  Teacher gives feedback, students share opinions, topic discussion, collaboration

I haven’t used Yack Pack (and I don’t know why).  Create a Yack Pack for your class and everyone has a voice.  Voices can be recorded and saved for later, or you can talk in real time.   What a neat way for students to respond to a prompt or continue classroom discussion (or discuss with a classroom across the country).

Here is a foreign language teacher talking about using Yack Pack with her students:

March 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tool #15: Mind42

Type:  Mindmapping (has collaborative function, too)

Teacher:  All Levels

Student Use:  Pre-writing, Planning, Outlining, Collaboration

Mind42 is one of many mind-mapping tools.  I like this one because of the ease of collaboration.  It allows you to use text or images, embed links and attach documents to the “nodes” you create.  A little clunky in the beginning, but once you get the hang of the tools, it is very easy. 

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OTHER MINDMAPPING TOOLS:

Mindomo

Mindmeister

 

March 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Tool #13: VoiceThread

Type:  Collaboration, Images + Voice

Teacher:  All Levels (any teacher that requires student collaboration)

Student Use:  A variety of creation or reflection activities

VoiceThread is a super-cool tool that allows you to upload images and record your voice (comments about the images).  Plus, you can share the voicethread and other viewers can add their comments, too.  To see how an elementary teacher uses Voicethread with her students, click here (Thanks for sharing!)

And, here’s a tutorial:

March 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tool #7: WriteWith

Type:  Writing Collaboration

Teacher:  Middle/Upper Levels

Student Use:  Writing activities, peer editing, group activities

WriteWith is a writing collaboration tool that allows users to upload docs, share with others, and track editing changes. 

March 18, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Tool #4: Wiggio

Type:  Collaboration

Teacher:  All (for staff development), Upper grades (for classroom)

Student Use:  Any activity that requires group work

Wiggio looks fantastic, I can’t wait to use it.  Make meeting even simplier with all of the meeting tools (e.g. calendar, file) all in 1 place and accessible by anyone in your group. 

Only Wiggio admins need to register at Wiggio, the members of your group simply get an email message to join your group. 

Watch this tutorial to get started.

March 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment