I admit, I was lax about blogging about the collaboration and survey tools, for two reasons. First, I am pretty comfortable using these tools. Second, I don’t really have time to learn tools that won’t be useful to me in school. I’ve heard great things about Dropbox, and a few colleagues have sent me invitations to join, but it is blocked at school. I am curious about it, but I don’t have time right now to learn something that I won’t be able to apply.
I’ve used google docs to collaborate with colleagues for a few different presentations, and I really wish Google would change their TOS so that I could legally use it with my 5th and 6th graders. I’d love to set them up with accounts and start teaching them not only about working collaboratively, but also managing their information online. Sigh.
Did you know that Prezi is collaborative as well? This fall a group of us started presentation using google docs, and switched over to prezi. I’m not a big fan of prezi, but for the purposes of our project, it worked well. Students could use this tool as well. Maybe next year…
I’ve used both SurveyMonkey and GoogleForms to create surveys. I like both, but for me, GoogleForms is more intuitive. I’ve created forms for the students to vote for their favorite books, for teachers to request materials, and for scheduling purposes.
It sounds like I need to give doodle another chance. We used it to organize volunteers for our local bookmobile last year and I was less than impressed. I would like a better way to manage the library schedule.