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Symbaloo

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Symbaloo is an interesting online bookmarking tool.  It differs from diigo because the interface is unique.  Each site that is bookmarked becomes a tile in a matrix.  Multiple pages of matrices can be created and organized according to content.  Teachers can use this to provide sources for students beginning a research project, and each page could be organized by content area.

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Scribd

Scribd | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

Scribd is an online library where people can go to find, share, and upload digital documents.  This is especially useful for English and HIstory teachers who have to deal with the new common core requirements of using more non-fiction texts.  Scribd is full of resources that can be used in any sort of English-History research project.

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SurveyMonkey

SurveyMonkey is a site that allows you to quickly and easily create surveys online.  The question development format is really simple, and you can send the survey out as a URL link to anyone with access to the internet.  Because SurveyMonkey allows you to use virtually any sort of qustion and question format, the possibilities are endless.  A department head could use this to survey the other teachers in the department, or a teacher could use it as a diagnostic or formative assessment tool for a whole class (individual answers are anonymous).

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Pinterest

Pinterest | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

Pintrest, like Scoopit, allows you do collect and curate anything that you find on the web.  Teachers can use this site to create a list of resources for other teachers, or for students who are working on a research project, for example.

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Edmodo | Where Learning Happens | Sign up, Sign In

Edmodo is a resources for teachers and students to share and collaborate on classroom content.  Teachers can post messages, discuss lesson topics, share content, and network with other teachers.  It is a platform similar to Moodle or Blackboard.

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Skype

Skype | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

Skype is an application that allows you to make online video calls.  Skype has been used to bring in experts to classrooms, or participate in a video exchange program with a classroom half way around the world.  The video aspect is great, because if you are using it to collaborate, you can screen-share and one person can show documents or files that are open on their computer.

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Twitter

Twitter | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

We've used it in our EDU 355 class, a lot of us use it every day outside of school.  But Twitter can also be used as a fantastic way to share ideas and comments with other educators.  You could begin aggregating all the twets from teachers at your school, and even have a weekly chat instead of department meetings.  That way, teachers and adminstrators could communicate in real time about real issues.

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Creativity in schools: 'Schools have the technology but lack the will to use it'

Creativity in schools: 'Schools have the technology but lack the will to use it' | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

This article discusses the way that schools do and do not use technology.  Mainly, the article lists multiple new software programs and events that particular British schools have access to.  However, the point of the article extends much farther.  The article is saying that we need to focus on getting as much out of the technology available as possible, because it fosters real-world creativity.

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What is Glogster edu? | Glogster EDU - 21st century multimedia tool for educators, teachers and students

What is Glogster edu? | Glogster EDU - 21st century multimedia tool for educators, teachers and students | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

Glogster allows students and teachers to create fun and interactive "posters" that can be used to share content knowledge or introduce students to new topics.  Teachers can work together to create a multimedia posterboard.  It can be used for lesson planing, sharing content, or even creating a digital library of content.

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Google Accounts

Google Accounts | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

Google Drive is Google's newest venture into the cloud.  It is very similar to Dropbox (as I mentioned before) but it is Google, so you're eventually going to have to pay for it.  You get 5GB of free space, but then you have to upgrade.  Also, the key difference between Drive and Dropbox lies in the legal stuff.  Google's terms of service basically say that by uploading your content to Google Drive, you are giving Google free reign to do all sort of stuff to it and share it with basically anyone.  Simply, there is no Creative Commons licensing that is placed on your content.  On the other hand, Dropbox explicitly states in their terms and services that they may need to ask your permission to do the things you ask them to do with your content.  dropbox also promises to not share your information with anyone.  So, in the end, I really just scooped Google Drive to compare it to Dropbox, and it looks like Dropbox won.

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Doodle: easy scheduling

Doodle is a great way for busy teachers to easily find times to meet. Rather than dealing with a sloppy appointment book or email calendars, Doodle lets you simply create an event, and then invite participants to put their availability onto a spreadsheet.  All they have to do is select the times they are available, and Doodle will match up the times that everyone says they are available.  If you choose to pay for Premium Doodle, you can also have Doodle find out who would be missing out on the meeting, and you can request phone numbers and email for follow up contacting.  It's a very simple way for busy teachers to find those elusive windows in their schedule.

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Upload & Share PowerPoint presentations and documents with Slideshare

Upload & Share PowerPoint presentations and documents with Slideshare | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

Slideshare is an online community where you can upload and download presentations.  Millions of companies and educators use this site to collaborate and share presentation ideas.  With Slideshare, you can download others' presentations, embed presentations in a variety of social media, and upload virtually any file format.

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Udutu

Udutu is an online, collaborative course building site.  Users can upload multimedia, documents and files.  The option to create online classrooms is also available.  Teachers can use this tool to work together to create new courses that better meet the needs of their students.  

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Quizlet

Quizlet | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

Quizlet is a website that allows students to go online and find study guides that have been created for almost every topic, or upload their own flashcards, study guide, or quiz.  Teachers can also use this site to create interdisciplianry flash card sets and distribute them to students.

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LiveBinders

LiveBinders | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

LiveBinders is another curation site, but this one allows you to place all your files into a single place online, and makes them very easy to view.  The idea is that your resources are stored in a three-ring binder online.  Benefits include: links are veiwed as actual webpages, rather than hypertext, all documents are automatically organized, and it works with SMART presentations.

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Jing

Jing | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

Jing is a screenshot and screencast software program that you can download for free.  It is constantly open on your desktop, and any time you need to take a screenshot, just click on the Jing bubble and your mouse turns into a camera tool.  You can also use jing to create screen casts, but the screen casts only last five minutes.  This is good for simple web instructions, but not for flipped lesson screencasts or longer videos.  Teachers could use this to show other teachers or students how to perform a particular task, and multiple Jing screencasts used together could make a flipped lesson.

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Evernote

Evernote | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

Evernote is a way to store all your notes, memories, photographs, and experiences in one place.  Evernote synchronizes all your digital files across all your devices that have Evernote installed.  This works great for teacher collaboration because you could have a department or school wide Evernote, and all content ideas and lessons could go into it, along with all materials.  For students, this works as a way to keep all their notes and learning experiences in one place.  This way, they can refer back to their notes in history during science class when something is related.  Teachers could work together to encourage students to draw on content from other disciplines.

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Blogs!

Blogs! | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

Blogs, such as wordpress, or other online weblogs, provide a great opportunity for students, teachers, and even parents to collaborate.  Picture this: you create a safe, private class blog.  Studens post all their papers to that blog rather than handing them in in person.  The teacher then grades and comments on papers through the blog, where studnts will then make edits.  Halfay through the semester, the teachers makes the blog available to the students' parents, and invites them to comment, or simply read the blog.  Parents would love it, less paper for teachers to deal with, and the students would love the opportunity to use technology to showcase their work.

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Education Meets 'World Of Warcraft' - Forbes

Education Meets 'World Of Warcraft' - Forbes | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

This college teacher tells all his students at the beginning of the semester that they have an F.  He then tells them that, like a video game, you can level up.  Students work by themselves and together on "quests" like homework and quizzes.  This works in college classrooms , but would it work in high school?  Students might need things to be a little more "normal".  The idea for this came from the fact that some other high school and middle school teachers are using MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role playing games) to teach students.

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Kar2ouche

Kar2ouche is a software program available at some schools in Britain for creating 3d games, storyboards, role-plays, animations and productions.  Fostering creativity and self expression, Kar2ouche is a great way to promote interdisciplinary work with your students.  Content areas can easily be meshed together to create a project for Kar2ouche.

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Dabbleboard - Online whiteboard for drawing & team collaboration - Interactive whiteboard software

Dabbleboard - Online whiteboard for drawing & team collaboration - Interactive whiteboard software | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

Dabbleboard is a collaborative white board that can be used in a variety of ways.  You could use it to plan events like a party among classes, or you could use it to collaboratively create a unit that spans multiple content areas.  In the whiteboard interface, there is a live chat option, and you can even voice or video chat while using the white board.  The white board is also very intuitive and easy to use.

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Dropbox - Simplify your life

Dropbox - Simplify your life | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

Dropbox is a free downloadable service that creates a folder on all of your devices that can be accessed from any computer.  You can also share this Dropbox folder with others.  This means that you can add a file to you Dropbox folder on your desktop computer in your classroom, share it with a fellow teacher, and then both you and her have access to those files at home or at school, or even on your smartphones!  Very similar to Google Drive (which will be the topic of a Scoop very soon), but good for people who do not have a Google account.  The teachers at Williams High School already use and love Dropbox!

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Diigo - Web Highlighter and Sticky Notes, Online Bookmarking and Annotation, Personal Learning Network.

Diigo - Web Highlighter and Sticky Notes, Online Bookmarking and Annotation, Personal Learning Network. | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

Diigo is a social bookmarking site.  Teachers (and anyone else) can sign up and start bookmarking sites right away.  You can create lists for different topics, and these lists can be posted or shared anywhere that you can put the link to them.  This could be great for collaborating on a cross-content project where two or more teachers could share articles or websites.  New Diigo features allow you to highlight or place notes on pages that you have bookmarked so that others can see what you think is important or noteworthy.

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Learn It In 5 - Todays Meet

Learn It In 5 - Todays Meet | How can technology facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration? | Scoop.it

Todays Meet is a great way to have an online discussion.  A backchannel (a way for people to talk online during a live presentation or discussion) like Twitter, Today's Meet differs from Twitter in that each "meeting" is its own "room."  So you can post the link to the Today's meet session, and set the time for how long you want the "room" to be open (in the video, he chooses 2 hours) and then you're ready to go.

 

In the classroom, this could be a great tool for keeping track of student's questions during a lecture.  In a collaboration setting, you could conduct faculty meetings and lead a discussion, with a "room" open on your computer or the screen behind you where other teachers could post questions or comments, which you could then address in order, making sure everyone's concerns are addressed.

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