Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Web 2.0 Collaboration Tools: A Quick Guide

Web 2.0 Tools in Education Series
Collaboration Tools: A Quick Guide

Wouldn't it be nice if there was a resource that explained, in detail, everything you needed to know about collaborating online: what tools were available, how to sign up, getting started, etc.?

I meet a lot of teachers at conferences, and I often want to collaborate with them on some ideas that we may have had some discussion about.  It's a great time to be an educator as it seems there is a new great tool for our use almost daily.  Not too long ago if we wanted to collaborate on a project we may have been sending emails back and forth, meeting in person, or gasp - using the postal service.  Now there are wikis, Google Docs, VoiceThreads, etc.  With all of these new tools, there are great benefits but there is also a lot to learn. 

Personally, I'm an avid user of Google Docs for collaboration.  Google seems to be a platform that everybody in the world has access to, and I am very comfortable using Google Docs.  I can just start a document and share the link to a colleague, and presto - we are sharing information while creating a new living document.  On occasion however, I find that a colleague will want to use a different platform - and suddenly I'm thinking the postal service isn't such a bad idea after all.  Now I need a login, a password, I need to learn how to use this thing.......can't you just email it to me?  No need to panic - I've got my trusty Web 2.0 quick guide, which can make this new site seem just as easy to me as my beloved Google Docs.

Collaboration Tools
click here to download the free e-book 

Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi (a brilliant mind) has been developing an educational series of web 2.0 tools.  Now, we can all get more comfortable with the language of the collaboration tools we may have been avoiding.  One of his most recent collections in his series is: Collaboration ToolsThis e-book is available for free through Scribd.  You can view it online for free, download it for a cost, and even print a copy to organize in a binder (Scribd members).  The resource is organized into ten chapters.  

Each chapter thoroughly explains what the tool is, advantages of using the tool, ways to incorporate it into education, detailed pictures guiding you through getting started, and references.

The detailed pictures really support understanding the tool:

Once you are on the Scribd site to view this resource, I encourage you to share it with others so that we can all benefit from these tools.  You can download the document or embed it onto another platform.  If you have the following networks: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+, please be sure to click the buttons you will see to the left of the document and share this resource.

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1 comment:

  1. I love this post!!!! I love Class Dojo and use it non-traditionally as well- but got even more great ideas from your video! I'm tweaking on Tuesday, can't wait!!!! Thanks :)