According to the new “Cloud 401
Report” from CDW-G, more than 42 % of IT services in K-12
education are delivered totally or partially through the cloud. This makes the
for cloud-based communication tools and services, which enable online
teachers, students, and parents in real time. Here are just some of these tools
with ideas for in-class collaboration now, and anytime, anywhere connections
30HANDS LEARNING COMMUNITY
Social Learning Network
Teachers can use 30hands
cloud for blended learning,
professional development, and
sharing and collaborating with
out in the 30hands cloud allow
educators to comment in real
time while students revise their
work. Students can also work in
study groups and see their work,
reviews, and grades at any time.
Digital Slidebooks for Project-based Learning
Educators can create collaborative projects
for students where
control, manage, and monitor student accounts.
In groups, students can collaborate on school
Collaborative Writing Platform
educators to create collaborative
writing projects by allowing
students to type a chapter of a
story and then vote on which
chapter should be included in the
“finished” product. This program
helps students develop their reading, writing, and vocabulary skills.
Students also have the opportunity to become published writers
and offer their books for sale.
Students can vote at any time as they develop collaborative
writing and group projects.
Platform: Web-based Creation Tool
Buncee incorporates multimedia onto a
Educators can use Buncee to assign a project and allow students
to comment on the project in a protective “bubble” to help
digital citizenship. Buncee is also ideal for allowing students to share
announcements, digital storytelling, and sparking collaboration.
► Later: Students can use Buncee at home
“flip” their learning and
collaborate with other classmates on group projects.
Positive Feedback Platform
use ClassDojo to keep
activities and behavior
by sending individual
messages or group
reports with the builtin
use ClassDojo to
gauge how they are doing in class, based on a wide range of criteria such as
class participation and behavior.
Social Learning Network
Educators can use Edmodo to create an online
community to share and find resources and build a forum
where they can post and answer questions. They
can also send assignments and projects to
students and collaborate in real time.
Students can use Edmodo as
backchannel chat, collaborate on group
projects, and even create a blog in a safe
Portal for Communities of
ePals is an ideal way to
collaborate with other classrooms
around the world. Educators
can join existing projects, share
resources, and choose from a wide
variety of learning centers.
Students can use ePals to
learn about and share their own
cultures with students around the
world using discussion forums and
Gaggle can safely house
and filter Google Drive, Google
Apps, and MS Office. Gaggle is
also an excellent way to introduce
digital citizenship by providing a
safe environment for students to
collaborate or create safe videos on YouTube.
Students can use Gaggle to create blogs and emails, and
with other classmates in a protective, filtered bubble.
Fake Facebook Page for Study
Fakebook is an excellent tool
to not only teach students about social
networking, but allow them to create
fake Facebook profiles for historical
or fictional characters. This is a great
activity for doing a book report or a
project on history.
Students can use this site to create imaginary debates
historical characters, such as the Lincoln-Douglas debate.
Online Tool for Reviewing Files
An educator can create a
workspace for students to do group
projects. Everything is stored and
secured in one place and allows them
to collaborate on any file.
The innovative design of
Framebench allows students to chat in real time about files such as
documents and videos. It also lets students draw and annotate over
any content to create a deeper understanding of the material. Finally,
Framebench organizes content to allow for easy management of
VERSAL: INTERACTIVE COURSE CREATOR
Users can combine text,
video, images, quizzes, and
Students can collaborate
within the course to work as they
explore content teachers have
created for them.
Learning Management Network
Otus allows educators to collaborate with parents and
real time. The ability to poll is a nice feature to assess student learning and
Access to Google Drive allows students to collaborate on
projects. The comment feature allows students to interact with teachers
and classmates outside of class.
Posting Tool for Creating and Collaborating
Padlet is a nice and simple tool that educators can use to
and brainstorm on a topic. Educators can also manage and control student
accounts while monitoring everything that appears on their padlet.
Padlet allows students to post anything from text to images
on a page, making collaboration simple and easy. Students can use it for
group projects, announcements, ecards, and more.
Online Project Management
ProofHub is a nice tool to use
during class lectures. Students can
take notes and collaborate in real
time for better understanding.
When working on a group
project, students can set to-do lists so members stay on task. Also, they can
proofread each other’s work as well as share and manage
Learning Journal and Digital Portfolio
Educators can use this shared journal to teach a wide
using Seesaw, such as adding new vocabulary words to parts of a map.
This free iPad app allows students to record their learning
creating a journal that includes video, images, and more, while sharing
them safely and securely with others.
Student Response System with Collaborative Features
Educators use Socrative
Garden in many ways, such as
collaborating with students in
real time via backchannel chat,
competing in collaborative
games, sharing resources with
other educators, and more.
Socrative Garden is
an ideal tool for creating a
backchannel by creating private
rooms for users to collaborate.
This is a great way for classmates to stay in touch, share class notes, ask
questions, and brainstorm.
Storyboard Creator for
Project-based Learning and Digital
Educators are using
Storyboard That to teach a
lesson on any subject and to
collaborate, manage, and assess students via the educational portal.
► Later: Students can create storyboards for projects, digital
more as they collaborate with their peers for group projects or
Web Page Sharing
Educators are using
Tackk in a wide variety of
ways in the classroom. From
daily announcements to
creating digital portfolios, the
possibilities are endless. The
ability to comment publically
and privately allows for
collaboration between teachers, students, or even with other classes.
The Tackk Stream is ideal for group collaboration as it
real time and allows students to add content to any project.
Backchannel Tools for Classrooms
► Now: An
interesting way to use TodaysMeet is for guided learning
watching a classroom video. The educator can ask questions and assess
student learning in real time while the video is playing.
TodaysMeet allows students to collaborate on group projects
home, ask and answer questions from daily assignments, brainstorm, and
Video Conferencing Solution
Educators can use Vidquik
to videoconference with other
classrooms around the world.
This is great when learning
about different countries and
videoconference with other
students about class projects,
daily instructions, and more.
Free Online Toolkit for Group Work
Wiggio allows educators to create academic groups for
projects as well as poll students to assess learning.
The group feature allows students to work on projects, such
word processing document, and to upload drafts and revisions.
Online and Mobile Suite of Office Tools for iOS and
Educators can manage privacy and visibility controls of a
spreadsheet, or presentation, which allows classes or students to work in a
safe environment. Teachers can also manage and track student progress.
Zoho makes it easy for students to collaborate in real time
projects by bringing up a chat window inside of a word, spreadsheet, or