Web 2 Collaboration Tools
Genuine collaboration and group work can be two different things. Group work often reduces to task delegation. However when groups are collaborating participants co-create a product or body of knowledge through negotiation, discussion and shared decision making. This type of learning activity happens best when a group of students work together in the same space. The products listed below provide a genuinely collaborative online experience for students and teachers to facilitate anywhere, anytime learning.
Mural.ly is an online whiteboard designed to visually organize ideas and collaborate in a playful way. Its a collaborative online pinboard for your ideas and media.
DEC Filter: Open to all
Google Apps for Education
This suite of online applications allows students and teachers to collaborate, create, present and research more effectively in the online environment. Visit the NSW DEC Google Apps support site.
Prezi - EDU account_
This large single canvas gives your groups space to throw ideas onto, brainstorm, arrange concepts, insert media, then share it with the world! All real time, live online.
My Prezi on 21st Century Learning:
Online Pin board. Use "sticky" notes, photos, videos and uploaded documents to build class resources. Invite students to collaborate in real time.
DEC Filter: open to year 9 and up
Building a website on Weebly is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Our
drag & drop website builder makes it dead simple to create a powerful,
professional website without any technical skills required. Over 6 million people and small businesses have joined Weebly to build their online presence. Content elements (like text, photos, maps, and videos) are added to your website by simply dragging & dropping them into place. Text is edited just like in a word processor. Building your website is done in real time, right from within your web browser. There's absolutely nothing to install and no upgrades to worry about.
MindMeister (Mind mapping tool)
Online collaboration has become very popular in both education and business. We now have the ability to easily and freely share all file types using different cloud based platforms. People working collectively on a project or assignment no longer need to be in the same room or even in the same country for that matter.
Collaborative platforms have enabled educators to create online learning environments where students can benefit from sharing ideas and communicating with each other, their mentors and external organizations.
This simple collaborative writing tool allows groups to construct one single text document simultaneously. Groups can also customise their Domain Name to keep track of all created pads and use their group domain to handle security. DEC filter: open to all
Capture, connect and share ideas easily! SpiderScribe is an online mind mapping and brainstorming tool. It lets you organize your ideas by connecting notes, files,
calendar events, etc. in free-form maps. You can collaborate and share those maps online!
We give you a nearly blank page (a wall). You put anything you want on it, anywhere. Simple, yet powerful!
Good security settings.
DEC Filter: Open to all.
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My example here
Class schedules and goals, notices for parents, and showcases of student work could all be online in minutes, in a wiki as public or private as you want it to be.
Get a free, private, secure space for your class today.
Example Wikis I know you will like:
WeVideo is an online collaborative video editing platform that integrates with GoogleDrive. Multiple users can upload their video for collaborative editing.
Watch this video for more.
CoSketch is a multi-user online whiteboard designed to give you the ability to quickly visualize and share your ideas as images.
• Anything you paint will show up for all other users in the room in real time.
• One click to save a sketch as an image for embedding on forums, blogs, etc.
• Runs in all common browsers without plugins or installation.
• Free and without registration.
Now with Google Maps support!
• Use google maps as the background for your sketches to show directions or share trips.
Read more or just create a sketch and try for yourself.