I have been doing Essentials training with our government teachers. I find it very difficult to introduce teachers online collaboration as google site requires gmail address for signing and most of the teachers do not have gmail account. Hence it becomes really time consuming to make another account on gmail. I would like all of you to help me find a collaborative site that is very easy to use or introduce to teachers who are new to online collaboration.
Please suggest a site that you have tested and is free as i have to do the activitiy soon this week.
Bushra - Users don't have to have a gmail address - but they do have to have a valid email address to create a Google account. Unfortuantely that is the same with some other sites that I can share -
Some of the trainers are using the community and creating groups to support training and then use the document feature - to share comments and edits. Check out the Mock Training Group and the resource Using the Community Group Feature. They need to have access to the community- but it can also be used to share resources during the training. It just is not something they can go and take back and use with their students.
Does anyone else use any other sites?
Bushra I would definitely go for the Engage Community option. Everything in one place.... It's a wonderful resource. I did set up a group for an Essentials group but unfortunately that weekend our third world internet didn't want to co-operate with us. :-) I would definitely try it again in the future.
This is a good site for brainstorming, team building, or generating team text projects. It is a simple design and really simple to use!
Thanks Julia, Stephanie and Doug
I will definitely try out these sites. Acutally browsing was banned the last week or two in our country due to some pulication against our Holy Prophet (SAW). that is why I was facing problem. Today the ban has been lifted.
Thanks once again for prompt assistance.
Doug, Thanks for the typewithme suggestion. Looks like it's very easy to use! Doesn't appear that you need an account. You simply get a url to share with your collaborators. Have you used this with students? I see Naomi also suggested this tool too. Have you used this with students?
Just went to typewithme. Wow, what a concept. Nothing fancy, but the collaboration that could happen. Why couldn't this tool, or something like it, be used in conjunction with the Module 3-6 discussions (sharing) in the online course. I could see the teachers actually "getting together" and "sharing" their projects during the course. In my mind it works, but who knows about reality. :-)
Here are a few other sites that are similar to Google Docs and I see some of them have been mentioned below already, but thought I would combine the list into one:
Just to Easy: http://www.j2e.com/
Pirate Pad http://piratepad.net/2AhsNDAsQx
Shambles list of word processing applications for collboration: http://www.shambles.net/pages/school/wpdtp/
Type W/ Me: http://typewith.me
Zoho Writer: http://writer.zoho.com
Bushra, I have used wikispaces.com. It not only allows the students to upload their material to their own page, but it also provides a discussion board tab for each page. I have used it in several of my Intel trainings and other trainings as well. I also use it for the showcase at the end of the Essentials and Thinking with Technology trainings.
A website that I think is good for collaboration is http://www.mindomo.com. Users can create a mindmap and share it with others to edit, collaborate or share new ideas.
I like text2mindmap for brainstorming because you do not have to have a login. It is my go to on the fly when everything else is blocked solution. We actually used it in our last Essentials class and it was a big hit!
As you can see, there are a number of options for online collaboration. It depends upon what (exactly) you want your learners to do together. One site not mentioned above is ietherpad.com . It used to be independent, then it was purchased by Google, and they sold the code. This is the reincarnated version.
Don't forget that if you have a gmail account, you can add +1, +2, and so on to your own account and give those to learners. Any email comes to your account, but it is a quick way to get learners (especially students) up and running.
Bonnie, I'm looking for some clarification on your post. Let's say I have a gmail account that is something like email@example.com. If I add +1 to that, firstname.lastname@example.org, can I use the same password for all of the accounts? I really like this site. I can see some good uses for both the teacher and the student.
Bonnie, I set up an iEtherPad Account...very easy to do! I see real value in this tool particularly when used synchronously. The interface is clean and best yet no user accounts have to be set up...just send out the link! I started a collaborative document. If anyone has time please view it and add your "two cents" about using Email with students. Thanks Bonnie, great resource!
There are lots of good collaboration sites on the internet. I would say the one that you decide to work with should depend on what you are trying to do. A site that I use for discussions is Quick Topic (http://www.quicktopic.com). It can be used for quick group discussions. Participants can post through the web forum or by email. Discussions are private and posts can be sent to user emails.
As Julia said in an earlier post, you do not have to have a gmail address to use google docs. View this video to see how. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJpkRbNto7E You can use any email address.
I would recommend using the community to facilitate your training.
If you want to "wow" teachers or older students with collaboration on the web, then you are going to want to introduce them to an Elluminate Vroom. You can set up a Vroom for your class for free as long as only 3 people are collaborating at the same time.
The Vroom is shared with participants as a url and then visitors can share documents, chat, talk, video, whiteboard, brainstorm, vote, ask questions, receive answers, and share screens with each other.
Use a computer that has a microphone to see some of the strongest features.
I have used my Vroom to work with teachers located in remote areas and with homebound students and parents.
It takes just a few minutes to set one up, you might like to check it out!
Gail, you can have more than three people, but you can only have three computers in the at a time. You can train in two other areas as long as they have a camera attached and train as many as you want. Another site you might want to look at is dimdim. They are getting ready to change from 20 to 10 different log ins, but you do get more on the free side. I use both.
Hope you understood my ramblings.
Doug, I'm with you...LearnCentral's free Elluminate VRoom is a powerful tool. Signing up with LearnCentral also gives you access to some fabulous webinars Elluminate sponsors. The webinar schedule is posted at: http://www.learncentral.org/browse/events
Diigo may be an option for collaboration as well. You can add websites, share them with friends. You can even highlight, blog and add sticky notes to websites. The ability to create groups and send sites directly to users is also a neat option. You have to use it to really appreciate all that it can do. The website can be found at http://www.diigo.com.