Media Sharing & Collaboration Web Tools

No more forgetting files at home! This can be downloaded onto multiple computers and smart devices to allow for document and file storage. There is also a feature to share folders with other Dropbox users.

What if the files you need are on your laptop – but you're on the road with your iPhone? With Box, you store files online – then access them anywhere, anytime, on any device. With Box, you can store all kinds of files online – from large presentations to a school paper – then arrange them into folders just like on your desktop. Access them anytime, anywhere; share with friends and collaborate with teammates, too. Just send them a link. You can receive 10 GB of free storage.

A wiki is a space on the Web where you can share work and ideas, pictures and links, videos and media — and anything else you can think of. Wikispaces gives you a visual editor and a bunch of other tools to make sharing all kinds of content as easy for students as it is for their teachers.

This site allows users to create wiki’s to work collaboratively on projects. Each individual makes a unique account so monitoring the wiki is as simple as identifying input from individuals. Documents, links, videos, photos, and chat conversations can all take place on one wiki at any time.

This web based application allows for virtual brainstorming. Each member invited to the brainstorm session posts “stick notes” with his/her ideas listed. The group can move the notes around and vote to decide on the best idea or group of ideas.
This web based application allows many participants to work on a document at the same time. Once a document is opened, participants can be invited by the simple email or instant message of the link. A chat bar is provided on the screen along with the document so discussions about the document can be taking place while the editing is happening. Microsoft Word files can be imported to be edited and there are choices of file types to export the document as including Microsoft Word and PDF.

This web based application gives mind mapping a new outlook. One can create a mind map on any topic and easily include images directly from the internet as well as link directly to websites. This allows for the structure of a topic to be mapped out with links, images, and notes. For all who are invited to participate in the mapping, the individual changes are tracked and a playback feature allows the map to be played back as it was created.

A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too. Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation.

Popplet delivers an interactive way to create concept maps, mind maps, and options to brainstorm or storyboard right along with peers. The “popplets” can be constructed, moved, color coded, typed in, drawn in, and have images or videos inserted. Popplet is a nice addition to the teacher toolbox that can meet a variety of needs, including concept mapping, collaboration, and even presenting content. Have students make a genre presentation by taking a series of books and working collaboratively to make various connections to booktrailers, images, and more.

Lino is a web-based sticky note service. This service provides its registered users (lino users) with virtual stickies operable on a web browser along with “canvas”, a user specific bulletin board-like online area. Both lino users and non-registered users (guests) can post stickies on a canvas, and relocate or remove them when needed. A lino user can choose public access level for each of his/her canvases from three levels; “Public” (publicly accessible), “Friends” (limitedly accessible), and “Private”(non-accessible except by its creator).

Tell stories with graphics, text, and audio with this visually compelling application on desktops, iPads and iPhones. Network socially without sidebars, ads, or logos in this online environment that focuses on the content you create with photos, video, and slideshows. Use this tool to share daily life in your dynamic library with the school community using video, photos, and text.

Do more than watch a video: discuss, question, and comment. Vialogues puts the “think and do” into video watching. Vialogues allows you to post a video and then invite participants to answer questions, discuss or just comment. This asynchronous tool can be used for private or public interactions. Use this tool with media literacy lessons.