Under the Differentiated Supervision model currently in use for BLaST Intermediate Unit #17 staff, participants are encouraged to avail themselves of the wealth of Online Communication Tools listed here that will facilitate personal and inter-group collaboration, project/activity documentation and/or job-specific skill development.

The tools listed here are suggestions only and the list is not intended to represent an all-inclusive or exhaustive recommendation. The nature of the WWW is one of constant change/development so as you encounter resources that you find helpful please share these discoveries as a benefit to your colleagues.

NOTE: You MUST be logged in to the IU website in order to view the PDP content.

Resource Name Website Address Useful for…
Flickr http://www.flickr.com/ Storing and sharing photos
Picasa2 http://picasa.google.com/ Photo storage and collaboration
SlideShare http://www.slideshare.net/ Sharing PowerPoint presentations/slideshows
Animoto http://animoto.com/ Storing, sharing and creating photo slideshows
OpenOffice http://www.openoffice.org/ Word processing, Spreadsheet and Presentation software that’s compatible with Microsoft Office
Google Docs http://www.google.com
NOTE: you’ll need a Google account (gmail), but there are lots of advantages to having one besides Google Docs.
Twitter http://twitter.com/
Twitter is what happens when Blogs and IM collide. Great tool for keeping up with what’s happening – right now. Here’s an overview.
Wikispaces http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers
“Instant” web site creator with built-in collaboration capability including Discussoin Forums. Here’s an overview.
It’s almost ‘addictive’.
PBWiki http://pbwiki.com/education.wiki Same features as Wikispaces – just from a different provider.
ooVoo http://www.oovoo.com/ Video conferencing tool that facilitates just-in-time collaboration
Skype http://www.skype.com/allfeatures/videocall/ Video calls between Skype members are free.Conference calls with up to 25 people are also possible.
Survey Monkey http://www.surveymonkey.com/
A tool to create, distribute and analyze surveys for groups of any size.
TeacherTube http://www.teachertube.com/ A wide selection of videos on subjects of interest to teachers
Web 2.0 http://www.go2web20.net/ This site is home to dozens of interactive tools for things you might not even know you need!