Social Networking & Communication Web Tools

NU Big Blue Button
The Big Blue Button allows individuals with a NU username and password to video conference, chat, and share their desktop and files live.

This web service allows for individuals to chat for free via video calling from computer to computer. Both parties can have webcams and microphones to enhance the video chat. This is a tool that could allow for online office hours to be face to face conversations.

TodaysMeet helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in realtime. Encourage the room to use the live stream to make comments, ask questions, and use that feedback to tailor your presentation, sharpen your points, and address audience needs.

Edmodo is a free and safe way for students and teachers to connect and collaborate in a format that resembles Facebook. Edmodo is designed to get students excited about learning in a familiar environment. On Edmodo, teachers can continue classroom discussions online, give polls to check for student understanding, and award badges to individual students based on performance or behavior.

Piazza is an online platform where students and instructors come together to learn and teach. It offers a refined Q&A environment along with key features for effective course collaboration. Piazza was built to model the face-to-face discussion among students and instructors. To do this effectively, Piazza displays updates as soon as they happen so you see changes in real time. Piazza uses the power of community to increase collaboration through wiki-style editing, endorsed posts, student-to-student learning, and instructor feedback.

Wiffiti is a service that allows you to receive text messages, tweets or images from your audience. Your audience members can send these to your Wiffiti board and the messages can then be displayed on a screen.

This web site supports the use of cell phones in the classroom by providing a controlled, secure environment for users. Students join teacher-created “cells” where phone numbers are kept private. Teachers can moderate all comments to make sure they are on-topic and appropriate for the group. After students text comments about a reading assignment, teachers can review the comments and display them using a projection device at the beginning of class the next day to stimulate discussion.

poll.pngPoll Everywhere
Poll Everywhere replaces expensive proprietary audience response hardware with standard web technology. It's the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue: conferences, presentations, classrooms, radio, TV, print — anywhere. And because it works internationally with texting, web, or Twitter, its simplicity and flexibility are earning rave reviews.

Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. The apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Socrative runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops. Teachers login through their device and select an activity which controls the flow of questions and games. Students simply login with their device and interact real time with the content. Student responses are visually represented for multiple choice, true/false and Short Answer questions. For pre-planned activities a teacher can view reports online as a google spreadsheet or as an emailed Excel file.

twitterpolls.pngTwitter Polls
The website allows you to create polls that can be answered using twitter.

On GoSoapBox, students can join a digital space where they can ask questions, contribute opinions, take quizzes, and more. It's easy to get everyone participating, it's fun for students, and you'll be able to quickly assess classroom comprehension. GoSoapBox is a flexible classroom response system. They are compatible with a lot of different devices, meaning that you can leverage the technology your students already have available to them in class. And they have versatile features so that you can tailor their product to best suit your teaching style and needs.

Wiggio promotes itself as “a free, online toolkit that makes it easy to work in groups.” Host virtual meetings and conference calls, make to do lists, send messages, poll groups, manage events and more. Wiggio has something for everyone when it comes to collaboration. Use features such as polling or to-do lists with group members in your state or national committees.

collaborizeclassroom.pngCollaborize Classroom
Collaborize Classroom is an online education platform allowing students and teachers to participate in a collaborative learning environment. It is designed to extend classroom instruction by engaging students in online activities, assignments, and discussion. Search the Library by subject or grade level to download peer-reviewed topic-based lessons shared by teachers from all around the world.