Apps for collective sharing

Found on most devices for classrooms K-12

Price : Free

Ease of use: Easy

Devices possible: Tablet, laptop, Chromebook, and cellphone.

What is it?

Its a note-taking app that can take notes, any where, any time and on all types of devices. It allows for any content to be uploaded and shard within the cloud. Students don't need to have an account to access the shared folder but if they to then they can also share with each other as well as access shared course content within the Evernote App.

How can it be used in class?

In the class it can also be used for studying, collaborating, storing audio files with notes, writing notes onto pdfs, improve organization of content, and on multiple devices simultaneously. Classes who use Evernote will find that it has a huge range of abilities and is versatile for many classroom tasks.

Price: Free

Ease of use: Medium

Devices possible: Ipads, Android Apps/ cellphones, laptops, Chromebooks

What is it?

Diigo is a web based collaborative bookmarking research tool. Teachers and students can, in real time, be on a Diigo group and share bookmarks and notes.

How can it be used in class?

This was originally meant as a bookmarking tool but in groups it has been found that it is effective especially on Chromebooks as articles can be saved, shared, and annotated easily. This can be a powerful tool for research and best of all group collaboration.

Price: Free

Ease of use: Medium

Devices possible: All devices including, tablets, laptops, Chromebooks and cellphones.

What is it?

This is a web based student response system that educators can use to gage the comprehension of the content from their students. Educators can give students feedback for their understanding in private and in real time and educators can become more adaptable towards their students if it is necessary to revisit material. These online questions can be multiple choice or short answer responses.

How can it be used in class?

This tool is not only useful in providing instant feedback to students about their comprehension, it can track student progress over time from data to determine their learning progress. Therefore it is a tools that is used for short term and long term assessment. The tools is also useful for giving instant real time feedback for differentiation either from whole group, small group or individuals. It can also aid in forming groups based on ability as well as facilitate peer-to-peer feedback.

Price:  Free

Ease of use: Medium

Devices possible: All including Ipad, Chromebook, laptop and cellphones

What is it?

This is an online blogging account that allows students to create and design their own blogs. Students can add hyperlinks, tags and comment settings onto their blog post. Videos, google docs, sheets and forms can also be embedded onto Blogger. This tool is useful as it can give students instant peer and instructional feedback.

How can it be used in class?

Blogging could be used for student reflection on their learning or even discussions between groups. Teachers can even use blogging as an assessment tool for understanding. Blogging can also be useful as students can eventually use it towards their future careers (if they so choose).

Price: Free

Ease of Use: Medium

Devices possible: All Ipads, Chromebook and laptops but not Android tablets and cellphones.

What is it?

Lucidchart is an online web app that is connected with Google Apps and makes it easy to make and share professional diagrams. It can export in different file formats or be viewed online and worked on collaboratively simultaneously.

How can it be used in class?

In class, if students are studying Biology, they can work on creating or reviewing with concept mapping and would increase their understanding of the content and perform better. It allows for students to work in real-life situations in which they need to quickly organize ideas, share designs, and best of all allows learning to be visual.

Price: Free

Ease of Use: Easy

Devices possible: All

What is it?

Its one of the most collaborative tools ever made so far. It allows you to upload and share your files of any type of size, anywhere and anytime. You can collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, presentations and even drawings. This is one of the most useful apps I have ever used in my education career and it still has many uses that I have yet to explore.

How can it be used in class?

In classes, students can now collectively and collaboratively work on documents synchronously and asynchronously. Students and teachers can share documents and folders to hand out assignments, turn in work, share resources instead of having to send information back and forth. To be honest, it is one of my most favourite collaborative tools.

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