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...]

Edmodo Review “Social Networking for Schools”

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Edmodo is regarded as a social networking site for teachers and students. It provides a free and secure social learning space for a class to connect and collaborate. Teachers and students can post messages, discuss topics, assign and grade class work, and share digital content such as links, pictures, videos, documents and presentations. The Edmodo website is actually very similar to the layout and functionality of Facebook , which immediately makes it familiar to most students. Accessible … [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...]

Wordle “create word clouds”

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Wordle is an amazingly easy to use web 2.0 website, which allows anyone to generate really creative word clouds by providing text. Words that are used more frequently, or specified as important, are made larger and stand out. The words clouds can then be customised with a variety of font styles, colours and layouts. The beauty of Wordle is that there is no sign up or log-in required and once completed you are free to use your word cloud in any way that you like. Use it in the classroom, put it … [Read more...]