5 Tools for Collaboration Teachers Must Be Using By Now


5 Tools for Teacher Collaboration You Must Be Using By Now

With the increasing connectivity around the world, things are getting better. “Two heads are better than one” suits the current scenario that we are witnessing today!

Research shows that teacher collaboration helps students do better and also raises student achievement. Collaboration not only makes work easier but also makes it better for students but also when ideas collaborate the level of creativity can rise to significant levels. Collaboration plays an important role and therefore means to make it happen should come to you like a piece of cake.

Below I’ve listed 5 amazing collaboration tools that you must be using by now for uninterrupted collaboration!

Take a look:

1) Scribblar.com

Scribblar is an online collaboration site. It is a great simple and effective online collaboration tool. It provides a multi-user whiteboard, live audio, image collaboration, text chat and more.

With Scribblar you can easily collaborate with other teachers as well as start your online class where you can teach your students online easily. The platform enables user to access public and private whiteboards to demonstrate or teach.

Other Distinctive Features:

--Live audio: Voice chat abilities work very well and communications cam happen seamlessly. This gives users the ability to communicate during the session for further understanding.

--Users of Scribblar are able to add a bit of customization whether in the free account or the upgraded Pro versions. Background colors can be changed and logo branding can be added to give the board a professional look and feel when dealing with others.

--Scribblar offers an unlimited amount of sessions and/or users to each session. This allows the whiteboard to be used on a grand scale of people looking for specific information provided by the main authorities. With an unlimited amount of people joining the session, there is no end to what can be accomplished.

2) ThinkBinder
It works as your own study group platform. This platform enables user to create groups where you can invite other members via email. The group created, will have access to group chat, video chat, file management, a collaborative whiteboard, & a bookmark button to share images, videos and other resources from web. Team up and work with your group by providing the code. Once registered, members with code can access to the information that is being displayed or shared within the group.

Other Distinctive Features:

--Includes an education only area for teachers and students.

--Includes social features like friends, rating comments etc.

--Requires registration/ logins with emails.

--Includes teachers tool for monitoring students.    

3) Google Hangouts

Collaboration at best can be done with Google Hangouts for free!

Hangouts bring conversation to life with providing users ways to exchange photos, calls, and video calls even group calls. Teachers can come face-to-face using this effective tool. Collaborating can be very easy with the use of Google hangout as it can be accessed by android, apple devices or windows user. HD video meetings make it easy for conversations to happen and up to 15 people can be added to a call at once. Google hangout are just perfect for teachers to come together and share ideas for their students however you cannot host online tutoring sessions for your classes via hangouts due to limited tools.   

Other Distinctive Features:

-- Free of cost.

-- Available for those without Google apps account.

-- Admins can change settings as per requirement.     

-- Easy to use.

4) Neat Chat

Well this one is for those who come up with ideas quickly and tends to forget them at same pace! Neat chat is the easiest and the fastest way to collaborate and connect with your bunch of people. The platform doesn’t ask for any registration, log in or signups! All you need is a web browser to communicate with other via neat chat. To start discussions, go to the home page and put a title for your chat or “nickname” as the platform states. Once you do that, your chat session is started, and your browser loads the session's chat room. You then invite people by sending them the URL of the chat room. When your invitees access the URL, they enter the chat room to chat with you. It is as simple as that!

Other Distinctive Features:

-- You can send private messages, and change your status through an intuitive interface

-- Late entry? No problem! Read all the conversation that took place in your absence.

-- Embed chat widget in your web page.

5) Wiggio

Wiggio makes group work much more easier as its easy and straightforward design provides everything you need to work productively in your groups. It is simple to use and has a very nice and flexible interface that makes it easy for students, parents, and teachers alike. For getting started users need to signup either by filling up the signup form or by using Facebook connect. After login, users can easily access the tabbed dashboard. With this online platform users can easily create group and invite members by specifying their e-mail addresses manually, invite Facebook friends or import contacts from mail or spreadsheet document. It allows users to create text documents and spreadsheets online with file uploading and managing files into sub-folders. Users can also set up conference calls, virtual meetings, chat-rooms and create polls, surveys, etc.

Other Distinctive Features:

-- Feed view to check the current activities of group members.

-- Calendar view for scheduling their work and 'Folder' view to check files and links added to a group.

-- Free of cost!

Collaborating with others is one of the most effective ways to get work done and think outside the box. Utilize these 5 Best Free Collaboration Educational Tools for Teachers in order to create projects that can do wonders. Don't forget to share your experience with these online platforms!

 

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About the Author
Author: Priyanka Gupta
Priyanka is a blogger by profession and has an increasing interest to write about the edtech space. While writing she keeps in mind the educators to come up with right resources and ideas which might be relevant for them in relation to effective use of technology in their profession and institutions/classrooms.
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