Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cool tools -- Collaborative workspaces -- PB Works and Huddle

Hi All, I was searching recently for an online tool that I could use to host a collaborative workspace wherein folks working from different locations could share and edit documents, share links, schedule meetings and so on. Looks like I will end up using an internal resource at Carlow and setting up access for folks from outside of the institution. In the meantime though, I found these two tools which look promising. Unfortunately, I won't get to try them out at this point, but I wanted to share them with you.

PBWorks offers a free version for educators. PBworks hosts over 300,000 educational workspaces, and has helped transform teaching and learning for millions of students, parents and teachers. Educators ranging from major universities like DePaul, school districts like Baltimore County Public Schools and individual teachers trust PBworks as their collaborative learning environment," according to the PBWorks website. PBworks is also highly-recommended by two of my colleagues -- thanks Mary and Cory for the suggestion!

Huddle does not offer an education version, but does offer a free version that allows for one workspace. Along with document management, file sharing, and wiki capability, Huddle also offers a whiteboard function.

I am eager to try these tools when a project calls for such a space. In the meantime, if you have used these, please share your experience here at the Encouragement Lounge.

Cheering you on in your work!

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