Easy to Use Tools for Collaboration



The following tools are all free, relatively easy to use and some don't even require a login to use. Try out a few - you may discover your new favorite tool! I want to acknowledge eTech Ohio for putting together this list.


Group Collaboration Tools


Tools which provide a workspace for groups to share. Generally have multiple functions such as discussions, synchronous meetings, file storage and editing of files. Specific functions vary between sites.

Wiggio - http://wiggio.com/

Online toolkit which enables working in groups. Tutorial - http://wiggio.com/#tpl=about_wiggio_287781

PBWorks - http://pbworks.com/
Includes specific resources for educators.


Collaborative document creation

Similar to group collaboration tools but focus on document creation and collaboration.
Google Docs - http://docs.google.com/

Create and share word processing, spreadsheet and database documents.

Wikispaces - http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers
Tool for creation of wikis - be sure to visit the teacher specific site to be able to create a no cost advertisement free wiki.



Single use tools

These tools are generally the easiest to use because their functionality is limited to one specific task.


Chatzy - http://www.chatzy.com/

Easy to set up a private chat and then share the link with others with whom you would like to chat.

Tinychat - http://tinychat.com
No set up involved and includes text and video chat capabilities.

Writeboard - http://writeboard.com


Writeboards are sharable, web-based text documents that let you save every edit, roll back to any version, and easily compare changes. Use Writeboard to write solo or collaborate with others.

Webnote - http://www.aypwip.org/webnote/

Tool for taking notes on your computer and you can share your notes with others by giving them the workspace name or the URL.


When is good - http://whenisgood.net/

Facilitates coordination of a good time for a group of people to meet.

Stixy - http://www.stixy.com/
Online bulletin board which allows sharing of widgets, including notes, photos, documents and "to do" items