As my coworker, Sue Mellor, says, “Two heads are better than one, even if one is a cabbage.” Working together to brainstorm, create, and learn from each other is very beneficial to our students. Collaboration with others has become even easier with technology today. Here you will find apps and programs that promote collaboration for any age. Don’t be afraid to try them out and see what your students can accomplish together!
Google Hangout is a group video chat program where you can chat with anyone with a Google membership. Hangout is perfect for collaboration and group projects too. You can embed an image or share a document with participants in the chat.
Need a new tool for brainstorming ideas as a class without the mess of post-it notes? Try Lino, a wonderful website for collaboration through color-coded notes. This site is easy to use and visually appealing. Discussion posts with a full class may get quite cluttered, especially when students are posting more than one note. You may want to assign someone to organize the post-its. #WickedProblem
The possibilities with Skype are endless! You can make phone calls or video chat anywhere in the world using this app. All you need to do is download the free app, make an account, and you can make calls from your phone or computer. Open up your classroom door to any place in the world with this app and if you’re feeling adventurous try #mysteryskype!
As you continue to follow more people, your Twitter feed may become a little overwhelming. TweetDeck is a great way to organize your feed. You can categorize specific hashtags, groups, or people you want to follow closely. It is very easy to use and simplifies your account so you do not miss any information.