Tools for Communication -
- Chat - Several different email suites, such as Gmail, have a chat and group chat feature
- Email - Sending emails to individuals or groups of people is a great way to communicate and preserve a copy of the communication. These days it seems that every school district or educational institution has their own email suite. Free email accounts can be created through services such as Gmail or Yahoo. It costs a small fee but Gaggle is a great service for K12 students.
- Edmodo - Social networking becomes academic networking. Students and teacher can access Edmodo for free and privately. Edmodo is a microblogging platform to communicate online. Through Edmodo students and teachers can also share and store files. Students can post directly to the class account or the teacher page, but not to each other. It is very easy for teachers to monitor student activity as well.
- GroupTweet - GroupTweet enables Twitter users to communicate and collaborate privately.
- ooVoo - With ooVoo, users can access 2-way video chat and 6-way text chat for no charge. The site has the ability to record and send short video messages.
- Skype - Another free video chat services enables up to 5 people to chat with video and up to 25 people to chat with audio.
Tools for Content -
- Vyew - A free collaboration platform that can be used for webinars, online conferences, real-time learning and instruction. All activity can be tracked and logged. a great tool to use to deliver content.
- EditGrid - A free web-based application that works similar to Microsoft Excel. Some of the features of EditGrid include sharing, collaborating and publishing capabilities.
- Keep and Share - Keep and Share is a free group file sharing system that allows for content to be shared and stored. The accounts are password-controlled and secure.
- Stixy - Stixy is a free platform that works like an online bulletin board or whiteboard. The workplace is perfect to share content and collaborate with other people.
- Twiddla - Twiddla is a free platform that is ideal for online meetings and co-browsing. Groups can mark-up and comment on webpages, images, and other content.
Tools for Collaboration -
- Wikis - Wikis are free collaborative platforms that allow for members to add, modify and delete content generally using a rich-text editor. A personal favorite is Wikispaces.
- Writeboard - With this free collaborative writing software, groups can write, edit, track change and roll back to previous versions.
- Mikogo - Mikogo is a free desktop sharing software that is ideal for online meetings, web conferences, presentations, remote support and collaborative efforts.
- Wridea - Groups can collaborate and share ideas with this brainstorming tool that organizes and categorizes ideas on different pages, has unlimited storage and allows users to comment on topics and ideas.
- ReviewBasics - ReviewBasics was a free online service that allows groups to collaborate and edit different types of content. Users are able to share, annotate, and markup images, videos, and documents. The service is no longer offered for free, but for a small fee it can be accessed.