Educational Technology: Tools for Collaboration & Communication
Classroom Social Networking:
(See also the "Classroom Social Networking, Discussion Boards, and More" category above for sites offering communication features)
Web Conferencing - Video & Voice:
Voice chat sites:
Desktop (Screen) Sharing:
Take control remotely of someone else's computer or allow them to see/control your desktop - applicable for instructing via your desktop or troubleshooting someone else's computer. (Some software downloads are required.)
Chat Rooms & Backchannels = Real-Time Discussion:
Think Twitter for the classroom - students texting/microblogging/chatting in response to learning. Read more about this topic here and why the sites below are a good choice for classroom use:
Real-Time Discussion - Other Chat Options:
More Guidelines and Ideas for Uses:
Other Collaborating Tools:
Group Texting Services (for texting students):
Blogs & Wikis in Education:
Real-Time Collaborative Whiteboards:
A note about the resources listed here:
- All sites are either free or "freemium" (offering both free and paid accounts).
- Many are geared toward secondary students, but most are widely applicable.
- Most are either specifically for educational use or have features that were not prohibitive to using it with students (i.e. inappropriate ads or content).
- These lists are not all-inclusive, just a selection.