Lino.it is a free, web-based message board. The tool provides the ability to communicate and collaborate in real time, and is especially suitable for use within the monological and the polyphonic form of teaching.
Within the polyphonic form of teaching Lino.it can be used as a collaborative workspace for groups of students or for a whole class. It is possible to upload photos, to insert images directly from URLs, to insert videos from YouTube and other services and to insert documents and Post-It notes on the Board.
The boards can be shared with others, and you have the option of only allowing others to see a board. In this way, Lino.it can be used as a communication tool within the monologic form of teaching, , if the teacher creates a board with information which she shares with her students.
Lino.it is in many ways similar to Mural.ly. In Mural.ly however, you also have the opportunity to comment on the items on the boards, and to chat with other users who are online. On the other hand, you can create groups in Lino.it, and share boards with group members.
Lino.it is easy to use, and you can use the tool without having to create a user. If you want to share a message board, however, you are required to login, and you can create a profile using a Facebook, Twitter or Google account. It is also possible to set up an account with an email address. If you need help getting started, you can read this introduction to Lino.it.
Mural.ly is a free, visual collaboration- and communication tool. The tool allows for multiple simultaneous users to communicate and collaborate on an online visual board. The tool is primarily suited for use within the polyphonic form of teaching.
Within the polyphonic form of teaching Mural.ly can be used as a collaboration platform for groups of students or for an entire class. One of the major advantages of Mural.ly over other online collaboration platforms, is the great emphasis placed on the visual elements. It is possible to upload photos, to insert images directly from Google Image Search, to insert videos from YouTube and to insert various shapes, figures and Post-It notes on the board.
It is also possible to connect ones Google Drive to Mural.ly, after which one can insert documents on the board. It is then possible to edit documents directly within the tool. By using the ' spaces ' in Mural.ly, one can divide the board into smaller fields, to make it easier to grasp the common work.
It is possible to collaborate in real time. Collaboration is supported, among others, by the ability to add comments to the various elements placed on the board, and by the opportunity to chat with other users of the board. It is possible to mention other users in the comments and chat, after which they will receive a notification.
Mural.ly is easy to use, and you can create a profile using a Facebook, Twitter or Google account. It is also possible to set up an account with an email address. If you need help getting started, you can watch an introductory video on the front of Mural.ly.
Hangouts is a free, web-based collaboration- and communication tool, developed by Google. Hangouts allows for many simultaneous users to communicate and collaborate in a virtual space, and the tool is integrated with several of Google's other services, including YouTube and Google Drive. The tool is particularly suitable for use in the monological and the polyphonic form of teaching.
In the monologic form of teaching, Google Hangouts can be used to instruct students in the use of specific digital tools. When the teacher shares her screen with a group of students, she can go through through specific functions in a program, which students should learn how to use. She can also review a text with students, who will have the opportunity to ask questions continuously, either in chat or using the built-in videochat. A Hangout can, by activating the ' Hangouts on Air ' in the creation of Hangout'et, be recorded and posted on YouTube. In this way it will be possible for students, who could not participate in the teacher's lecture, to view it at a different time.
Within the polyphonic form of teaching Google Hangouts can be used as a collaboration room for groups of students or an entire class. It is possible to watch a video on YouTube together while doing a common analysis of it in the chat, and it is possible to collaborate in Google Docs, while communicating through video chat.
In Google Hangouts it is also possible to add a number of additional plugins that could further support collaboration. For example, there is a plugin for Google Art Project. By adding this plugin, one can let students search a large collection of artworks from many different museums around the world, and let students collaborate on analyzing selected artworks within Google Hangouts.
Google Hangouts is easy to use, and it only requires, that you have a Google account. If you don't already have an account, it can be created for free here.
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.