No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” - H.E. Luccock
"The 21st century collaboration" moves us from its traditional definition towards a new one with the developing web technologies.
Here is the second part of my collaboration tools list for techie collaborators.
Voxopopis a message board system which lets you create talk groups that you can talk, discuss and collaborate using your own voice. Some of you may remember Voxopop as Chinswing in the past. You can listen to public discussions though you need to jointo create yours.You can easily send group invitations, keep your discussion private, open or restricted.You can delete it whenever you want. You can explore public talk groups on Education, Learning and Language here.
EtherPadis a web based word processor that lets you work with others at the same time. When multiple users work on the same documents , you can get feedback immediately. You know who contributed to the text, also all changes are saved on the server in case you need to undo.
Mindmeisteris an online collaborative mind mapping tool that you can brainstorm with others real-time. You can create your own mind maps on an award winning interface or share them with your friends or collaborate with others to create a collaborative map.
Survslets you create your online surveys collaborating with others in multi user accounts. You can collect responses and analyze the results in real time with others.
I'm sure many of us are familiar with VoiceThread. It's a tool to have conversation around different kinds of media. It's one of the best ways to talk and share about your images,documents or videos. You create your Voicethread and others can leave comments by telephone, text, web cam, microphone or file upload. Learn more about it by watching this Voicethread.
Tgetherallows you to communicate in small groups by emails. You can share files, track conversation and manage your group. You can share codes or use 3rd party applications that Tgther provides.
StoryBirdsare short and simple stories that connect you with others. Two or more people can create a Storybird story by writing their own texts and inserting pictures by taking turns. You can create your story with the person sitting next to you or someone who is far away from you.
WebCanvasis a collaborative painting project. You can paint using different basic tools, upload or post professionally drawn images or you can watch others paint live. This is an interesting project for artists though we can still give a try.
Protagonizeis a community that writes collaborative, interactive fiction. One person starts the story, the others post chapters to your story that will lead it to different directions. At the end, it becomes an evolving story which everyone can participate.
Mixbook (opens in new tab) is a site that lets you create picture books with others. You start creating your own book with pictures, invite a few friends to build the rest of the book together.
Thinkature places an instant message inside a visual workspace with voice chat. You can use it as a collaboration environment, a meeting room or a personal whiteboard.
TextFlowis a way to review document versions instantly to produce a final draft. It matches all the different versions of the text to show you all the suggestion in one single view.
LucidChart is another way to collaborate on a document simultaneously. Everyone can see the changes that have been made on the document .The difference between the other word processors is that it has an built-in group chat that makes it easier for you to collaborate.
Wikispacesis the best way to create collaborative web pages that you can edit and share together. You can watch Wikis in Plain English by Common Craft or visit the world's largest collaborative online encyclopedia,Wikipedia! Wikispaces are my favourite wikis, you can have a look at my wikispace though I've been using it as an e-portfolio.
Senduit lets you upload your files and share them with private links with your team.
With Stintio, you can create your own chat in seconds. You can invite people to join by simply sending a link. You don't download or install anything. You chat will be deleted if it is not active for a while.
Yuuguu is an instant screen sharing and video conferencing too that lets you work together quickly and easily.
Voxli allows you to hold voice conferences online. You can have a voice chat up to 200 people. You can invite your teammates by only sending a link, and you don't have to upload anything. You can use push to talk to control your speaking even you are out of your browser.
Wridea is an online idea management service and a collection of brainstorming tools. You store, manage,organize and share your ideas to improve them with others. You use the web interface or you write an email to your wridea address to keep your ideas organized. You have pages and categories that lets you improve your ideas easily and collaboratively.
If you like reading this, you may consider reading 100 Web Tools to Enhance Collaboration (Part 1).
Cross posted on my blog.