Monday, October 4, 2010

Collaboration without Registration


Post from Free Tech for Teachers:

So you want to have your students collaborate on a document or project, but you don't want to go through the hassle or potential legal entanglements of signing your kids up for free email accounts and what-not, hmmm?  This Post from Free Tech for Teachers will explain just how to do that.

There are three tools that allow collaborative document editing without the need for registration:

These services allow you, the teacher, to create an account and allow others to collaborate and/or create documents. 

Here are ideas to integrate these and other collaborative tools into your classroom activities.

If you're interested in collaborating on documents that DO require sign-on, try:

  • Microsoft Office Live Apps (my personal favorite because the apps look exactly like the Office Suite I use at work)

  • Google Docs (Quick, light, handy, and easy to learn & integrate with other Google tools, like Blogger, etc.)


  1. Another free collaborative site that doesn't require student email addresses is Individual users are automatically assigned a different editing color upon entering a document so teachers can monitor student contributions and editing. Real-time typing and editing as well as an instant message box allows for sharing and productivity. I've successfully used this site a number of times in my master's cohort and with my fourth graders.

  2. Thanks, Kylie! Greetings to you and all our friends in America's Dairyland! We appreciate your input! Thanks for reading our blog!


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