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.
MindMup is a free mind mapping tool, which allows you to collaborate online on a shared mind map. Where Mindmeister requires that you create an account, you can use MindMup and store your maps offline without creating an account. MindMup is primarily suited for use within the dialogical or the polyphonic form of teaching.
Within the dialogical form of teaching MindMup can be used as students' tool to generate ideas and organize information. It could be in connection with the tasks they have been asked by the teacher. Students can use MindMup without creating an account, and they can save their mind maps in the browser's memory, and work on them later.
Within the polyphonic form of teaching MindMup can be used by students to create shared maps for generating ideas when solving group assignments, project work and similar tasks. Students can, simultaneously, enroll their ideas in the mind map and they can build on each other's ideas in real-time, and the teacher also has the ability to read and participate in the evolvement of ideas. An online mind map can also serve as a tool to manage the collaboration process between a group of students.
If you wish to use MindMup's opportunities for collaboration, both between students within the polyphonic form of teaching, and between the teacher and the individual student within the dialogic form of teaching, You must activate the extension realtime collaboration under ' Extentions ' in the menu bar. In order to enable this extension you are required to, linking MindMup to your Google Account. This also provides the ability to store maps on Google Drive. You can read more about the possibilities of online collaboration in this Guide to MindMup.
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.
MapBox is a free service, which lets you create maps and allows you to insert markers with text in the map . MapBox is suitable primarily for use within the dialogical form of teaching.
Within the dialogical form of teaching MapBox can for instance be used for field trips. The teacher can create a map and set markers at specific locations, which students must pass on the excursion. In the map below, I have inserted three markers on a map of Aarhus City, Denmark, and given the students a task on each location.
It is also possible to let the students create their own maps, and to allow them to insert markers with information on different locations. Used in this way, MapBox can help prepare students for a field trip. One can for example have the students work in groups to find interesting locations in the city they are to visit, and then let the groups exchange maps to allow the students to explore the city using the map that another group has made.
To use MapBox you need to create a free account. Such can be created here. A free account lets you create an unlimited number of maps, but they are limited to be viewed 3.000 times. You can upgrade for $5 a month, which gives you 10.000 map views per month.
You can share maps by embedding them as I have done above, and as normal images, or as a link.
If you need help getting started using MapBox, you can read a guide here.
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.
Mindmeister is a free mind mapping tool, which allows students to co-create and co-edit mind maps.
MindMeister is suitable primarily for use in the polyphonic form of teaching.
Within the polyphonic form of teaching it is obvious to use MindMeister as students' common mind maps, for generating ideas prior to common writing assignments, project work and similar tasks. Students can, simultaneously, enroll their ideas in the mindmap and they can comment on and build on each other's ideas in real-time, and the teacher also has the ability to read and participate in the evolvement of ideas. An online mind map can also serve as a tool to manage the collaboration process between a group of students. By the help of Mindmeisters 'history' feature, which allows you to see how a mind map has evolved since it's creation, it can also be used as students' documentation of their idea-generation and collaborative process.
MindMeister is available in a free version, that you can access here. If you would like to try Mindmeister without registering, you can follow this link.
Mind Maps are a powerful tool for generating ideas. Bubbl.us allows to create mind maps in a web-based tool for free, and to let students work together to co-create mind maps in groups. Bubbl.us can be used without registering as a user.
Bubbl.us suitable for use within the dialogical form of teaching.
Within the dialogical form of teaching it is obvious to use Bubbl.us as students' individual mind maps, for example to help them generate ideas prior to writing assignments and other tasks. The student may write his ideas into the mind map, and the teacher has the opportunity to read and advise the student from his/her own starting point. The mind map can function as a mean to continuously control the process, and keep the student focused on what was, the initial idea.
It is always possible to export mind maps as a .jpg or .png image.
If you need help getting started with Bubbl.us in teaching and to use the functions of the tool, You can click on ' Help ' in the top right-hand corner of the this page.