Tricider is a web-based tool to generate and evaluate ideas and to support class discussions. It allows students to discuss various topics online, and it gives them (and the teacher) the opportunity to evaluate each argument in the discussion. The tool is suitable for use within a dialogical and a polyphonic form of teaching.
In the dialogical form of teaching Tricider can be used to support students' discussions of various topics. Students' ability to argue in writing, and their ability to discuss each argument in the discussion, may help to support, that more will be heard in the discussion, while the arguments remain afterwards and can be deepened orally subsequent. It is possible to let students post their arguments in preparation for class, and one may shut down the ability to contribute to the discussion at a specific time.
In the polyphonic form of teaching Tricider can serve as a tool for students' generation- and rating of ideas. The teacher can ask students to each present 2 to 3 ideas in the tool, and then ask students to argue for and against their own and other students' ideas. The tool may be used in this way when starting a project work in groups.
Tricider is free to use, and it doesn't require a login. You can share space with other discussion by using the ' Share and Invite ' button, and subscribe to the discussion-room, so that you receive an email when a new argument is posted.
You can see a video about the features of Tricider here.
Weebly is a free tool for producing and publishing websites. It provides the ability to create a home page for a class or a subject, as well as it gives the opportunity to let learners create their own home pages and letting them edit these together. Weebly is best suited for use within a monological or a polyphonic form of teaching.
In the monologic form of teaching, Weebly can be used by the teacher to inform learners about professional issues or to distribute practical messages. A website created with Weebly can be used as the teacher's knowledge- and information platform, from which knowledge and information is communicated to the learners. For example, articles, and videos, soundclips and documents can be posted on the page, as well as registering for events and excursions can be managed here. There can also work together cooperatively on the maintenance of a Web site; a group of learners can have responsibility for maintaining the various subpages.
In the polyphonic form of teaching Weebly can be used as a team's or a group's common knowledge- and information platform – so as a common wiki. By assigning the learners rights to edit the page, one will achieve that they collaborate on writing content for the website.. One can also let the learners work together on creating subpages on various topics, and one can create a blog, where the learners can write their thoughts on certain matters, and comment on each other's thoughts.
If you need help getting started using Weebly in education and to exploit the features of the tool, can you read this introduction: Getting started with Weebly in Education.
Google Docs is a free collaborative writing tool, which gives you and your students an opportunity to work simultaneously in text documents, worksheets, presentations, drawings etc.. The tool is suitable primarily for the polyphonic form of teaching, but it is also possible to use it in a dialogical form of teaching.
In the polyphonic form of teaching the tool is obvious to use. in connection with project work, where students must collaborate in groups, and where you as a teacher want to participate in the process. Google Docs allows the teacher and students to collaborate on the process of writing even if they do not sit in the same room.
In the dialogical form of teaching Google Docs can be used for individual or joint process-writing, where students, individually or jointly write a draft text, and the teacher then gives comments directly in the document, after which students work on the same document to incorporate those of your comments, that they consider relevant. Google Docs enables teacher and students to view the document's history, so that one can see what changes have been made from time to time.
If you need help getting started with Google Docs in education and to exploit the tool's features, the guiden her laese KAN: Getting started with Google Docs in Education.