Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Web 2.0 Wednesday! EtherPad

Today we will look at a tool I discovered at the 2011 NJAET conference. I attended a session by Kevin Jarrett titled, "Do-It-Yourself Professional Development: Building your Personal Learning Network (PLN). (Great session, by the way, and you can check out the WIKI for the session at Connect with Kevin on Twitter @kjarrett )

During his session, we were all able to collaborate real time using this web 2.0 tool called EtherPad. This free web based word processor tool allowed us to collaborate in real time - with any changes / additions instantly sent to all our screens! Very cool tool - think about the possibility for projects.

The tool provides many of the features you would expect from a word processor: text editing features, bullets, etc. But the best feature (my opinion, of course!) is the ability to assign a color to each contributor. That way we can track participants responses and contributions to the document.

Overall a great tool - and one I plan on using extensively during some upcoming presentations.

Click HERE to see the document that we used during the NJAET session.


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