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Explore the collaboration tools listed below.

1. Wikis
Wikis in Plain English - produced by Common Craft. A simple explanation of what a wiki is, and how it might be used. 3 minutes well spent!
Wikispaces for Educators - Wikispaces provides free wikis for teachers. This wiki is hosted on wikispaces.
Examples of Wikis used in education: a Lemony Snicket wiki
8 Ways to use School Wikis: Article posted on Tech and Learning
Cool Cat Teacher: Vicki Davis is a teacher and the IT director at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia. Vicki co-created four award winning international wiki-centric projects.

2. Blogs: A blog is a website, maintained by one or several people, with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.
Blogs in Plain English - produced by Common Craft. How they work and why they matter.
Edublogs: free blog service for educators.
KidBlog: Safe, free and simple blogs for students.
Links to Blogs for Educators
Educational Blogs by Discipline: search the list to find blogs specific to every academic discipline.

3. Wallwisher http://www.wallwisher.com
Wallwisher is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. A wall is basically the 'web page' where people actually post messages.
4. PrimaryWall http://primarywall.com/
Primary wall is a sticky note tool internet application similar to wallwisher. Geared to the primary grades.

5. Google Apps: we have been using Google Docs in this course all along. Check out what other tools are available through Google: shared calendars, email, websites, Forms, Google Art Project, google earth, body (requires Chrome), etc. Everything Google ebook.
Why Google Apps for Education: presented by the Google Education team and hosted on YouTube.
Google Apps Quick Tour: presented by Google and hosted on YouTube.
Google Docs in Plain English: this video is hosted on YouTube.

6. Edmondo http://www.edmodo.com
Edmondo is a free, secure, social learning platform for teachers, students, schools and districts. Edmodo provides teachers and students with a secure and easy way to post classroom materials, share links and videos, and access homework, grades and school notices. Teachers and students can store and share all forms of digital content – blogs, links, pictures, video, documents, presentations, and more. There are also special institutional features for schools and districts that can be accessed for free by administrators

7. Glogster http://edu.glogster.com/
Glogster EDU is the leading global education platform for the creative expression of knowledge and skills in the classroom and beyond. We empower educators and students with the technology to create GLOGS - online multimedia posters - with text, photos, videos, graphics, sounds, drawings, data attachments and more. Make sure you use the educational version since the other version of Glogster is blocked at most schools.
Glogster Girl: Excellent video tutorial and examples included
Glogster EDU tutorial
external image pdf.png Glogster+Rubric.pdf
8. TitanPad http://titanpad.com/
TitanPad is free and does not require user names and passwords. It allows document collaboration as well as a chat function. We used this tool for our online chat Monday, April 4. If you participated in Monday's online chat, please look at a different collaboration tool.

9. Twiddla http://www.twiddla.com/
Twiddla is an online collaboration tool that's easy to use and doesn't require any downloads. It’s free for anybody to use, and they offer primo accounts for educators.
It's like having an interactive whiteboard on top of any web page or uploaded image. It’s a Blank white board that you can mark up but interact with the web page at the same time – all in real time, with people from all over the world or just your chosen few.