Collaboratively work on one document in real time

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There are a number of web based applications that allow multiple users to read and modify a document stored on the web. These applications are great for teachers who want to create a collaborative space for a small groups or classes. The reason there are many applications all with different names, but very similar features, is because Etherpad was acquired by Google in December 2009 and released as open source later that month. Some of the more popular Etherpad spin offs … [Read more...]

Twitter “a useful tool for teachers”

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Twitter is a social media tool which allows anyone to communicate via a 140 character limit. Many people get turned away by the idea of communicating via such short messages. And I’m sure there are some people thinking “I don’t care to read about what someone just ate for lunch”. But for any non-twitter user who takes the time to read the rest of this review and for those people daring enough to set up an account, I promise you will be rewarded. It’s actually the 140 character limit which … [Read more...]

Wallwisher “an online notice board”

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Wallwisher allows anyone to set up an online wall in minutes, which can be customised via different themes. A wall is basically the 'web page' where people actually post messages. Students, colleagues or friends can then post written text, images, videos or links to your wall in a matter of seconds, without having to log on. There are a few more options like choosing your own wallwisher url, adding a picture and making the wall public for everyone or private for your eyes only. Your wall updates … [Read more...]

Dropbox “syncs your files online”

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Dropbox is a free and easy to use application and website, which allows you to sync your files from your computer or phone to “the cloud” and therefore access them from anywhere. However it is more than a simple back-up solution, with Dropbox you can share folders, collaborate on files or even set up online photo galleries. For a teacher Dropbox means you never have to stress about leaving work at home or losing your thumb drive ever again. Features The beauty of Dropbox is that you don’t … [Read more...]