Padlet (Formerally Wallwisher)

http://www.padlet.com/
A way for students or faculty to share their thoughts or input on something.

Samples and Ideas


http://padlet.com/wall/thehatelist

Students or faculty can respond to a question posed online or post something about a book they read.
Students can be assigned different subtopics related to a research topic or reading assignment. Then students can present or teacher can conduct a debriefing.

Pros
No registration required to post to the wall though the teacher or librarian will have to register with an email address.
Links to images, audio, or video websites can be inserted.

Cons
Anyone can post to to the wall, including students who want to post something anonymously. However, the teacher or librarian can select a box when creating the wall, so that all posts must be pre-approved by him or her before they're posted.
There's a 160 character limit.

Today's Meet

http://todaysmeet.com/
Web-link where people can chat about a workshop/lesson in which they are participating.

Samples and Ideas

Students share ideas about what they are learning from a guest speaker
Faculty ask questions during a faculty meeting or workshop

Pros

Quick, real-time responses without having to raise a hand
Can set to automatically delete
Can connect to Twitter if you want
Doesn't require email

Cons

Once it's typed it is out there for the world



MindMeister

http://www.mindmeister.com/
A collaborative way to brainstorm in with mapping and text.

Samples and Ideas

Tutorial: https://www.mindmeister.com/home/signup_editions
Survey individuals: http://www.mindmeister.com/30560377/best-tools-to-create-free-online-surveys-forms-and-applications
or http://www.mindmeister.com/2529908/social-media-web-sites
Brainstorm topics

Pros

Supports visual learning
Allows collaboration via email
Alternative to Inspiration but not as easy to use

Cons

Free version only lets you do three
Requires email validation


Scriblink

http://www.scriblink.com/
An online collaboration whiteboard
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Samples and Ideas

Can be used for tutoring, collaborative art projects, and mind-mapping when students and/or teacher are not in the same place.

Pros

It's free.
Doesn't require registration. Each whiteboard has it's own URL.
Lots of great tools to enhance your drawing.
Whatever you and your students create on the online whiteboard can be printed, saved, or emailed.
You can upload a photo to the whiteboard and work with it.
Only those who create a whiteboard creation and those they invite to it can see it.
You and your students can use online chat or voice (with mic) options.
You and your students can transfer files without email if you like.

Cons

Not practical for in the classroom use only.
Ads appear at the bottom.


Google Docs

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Primary Pad

http://free.primarypad.com/p/T6WJ8ZH7XP
Real time collaboration where when one student writes it shows up on each person's screens

Samples and Ideas

Collaborative story writing
Having multiple students edit a STAAR passage and answer questions. Each one working on a different part (ex: spelling, punctuation, etc)
A place to share research on a topic where each student researches a different part

Pros

Easy to set up
Let's you revert to previously saved versions
Works on an iPad

Cons

Has a chat (but hidden at bottom)

Tutorials

none

Notes:

Also see site like Titan Pad (they are almost identical)




Lino


http://en.linoit.com/

Collaborate with sticky notes and text



Samples and Ideas


Brainstorming
Answer different questions on plot, character, POV, etc.



Pros


Easy to learn
Can add to a board without an account
Has an app
Can upload items to a board



Cons


Need an account to create or manage boards
New stickies appear in the middle-need to assign an area for students to work because you can't move anyone's sticky note unless logged on


Tutorials


none