EtherPad – Collaborative Writing Tool

I’ve been promoting GoogleDocs everywhere I go lately. My school district is using GoogleDocs as a kind of “share point”, putting curriculum materials and other files that is shared among the staff and administrators. The potential for collaboration is amazing. With my friends on Plurk, I’ve tried a new tool that is a great deal of potential. As GoogleDocs has proven to be problematic in our district because users are not getting emails from google on our district email, this tool might be a way to introduce teachers and even students to collaborative writing, without the need to join, log on, and verify email address. Etherpad allows for a number of people to type into the same document simultaneously. This tool has great potential for students as well because the users do not have to use an email to log on or sign in to the document. 
http://etherpad.com/  

EtherPad: Realtime Collaborative Text Editing via kwout

Here are a few ideas we came up with:

 

  • Book reviews
  • Meeting minutes
  • Small group writing or brainstorming
  • Newspaper club submit articles for proofreading
  • Daily Oral Language
  • Peer Editing

Take a look at this site. Can you think of any other good uses?

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