These Web-based tools, generally called “Wikis,” can be used to create and manipulate collaborative documents in a single, online location. The changes that students make on Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint will be shared and displayed. Also, a discussion tool can be added to the Wiki site and provide students with the ability to communicate their ideas.
What can I do with it?
- Assign students to write mock marketing plans, websites, or other assignments using Wiki tools. The assignments can be peer reviewed by fellow classmates online.
- Assign students a group project where they must work together using Wiki tools. Students taking online courses can work together despite miles of geographical separation.
- Use a cover letter, resume, or other document as an editing example. The students and instructor can post comments, suggestions, and revisions.
With no sign-up necessary, Dabbleboard is an online application that serves as a collaborative whiteboard. Through Dabbleboard, an instructor can invite students to a lecture that is enabled through video and voice chat. Dabbleboard also allows an instructor to embed a still image of the whiteboard in a website. Dabbleboard is a whiteboard application that is designed to make it possible to visualize ideas and share them in real-time collaboration. Dabbleboard has the capability to detect basic shapes and functions in the same way as a regular whiteboard. With voice chat, Dabbleboard can become a visual element of a verbal lecture.
Where is it? http://www.dabbleboard.com/
For a Tutorial of Dabbleboard
Doodle is an online collaboration tool that allows a user to easily schedule an event, whether it is a meeting, family reunion, or lunch date. The user simply creates a poll with a title and options to make a choice among dates, months, locations, times, etc. The creator of the poll will be provided two links, one to be emailed to participants and one that is used to edit, export, and delete the poll. Participants are then able to access the poll and cast a vote for which option suits them best and the user is also able to observe the poll’s progress.
Where is it? http://www.doodle.com
For Step-by-Step Directions on How to Use Doodle
Google Documents is an online word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation editor that allows for students and instructors to collaborate online in real-time. Google Documents allows a user to create new documents or upload existing documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. With no software to download, all the work is stored safely online for users to create, store, and share instantly and securely.
Where is it? http://docs.google.com
For a Summary of What Google Documents is and How to Use It
Huddle is a secure online workspace for collaboration. Huddle is equipped with online versions of Microsoft Word and Excel, whiteboards, calendars, and 1 GB of free space to upload files. Huddle allows for users to manage projects, share and store files online, create and edit documents online, and participate in group discussions. Huddle is a document sharing tool that trumps email with 1 GB of free space to store and share files, user permission security, tracking and progress reports of collaborative projects, and a support team.
Where is it? http://www.huddle.net
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Microsoft Live Workspace
Microsoft Office Live Workspace is a free online service that operates with the suite of Microsoft Applications. This service gives an instructor to publish and share spreadsheets generated with Excel, documents produced with Word, and presentations created with PowerPoint. Students are then able to access course content with the support of Internet connection from any location. By creating a virtual learning space, Microsoft Live Workspace allows an instructor to post presentations, distribute handouts, share assignments, and enable group collaboration.
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