Voxer http://www.voxer.com/ Voxer makes it simple for friends, family and colleagues to talk from anywhere in the world, whenever it’s convenient.
Communicate in the fastest, and most efficient manner there is - instant voice.
You can hear messages as people speak, or listen later if you are unavailable.
Alongside voice, send text, photos and share your location.
Broadcast messages to up to 500 individuals or team contacts.
Use your iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 8 or desktop to communicate.
Pick a chat to listen and respond to live voice without being in the app.
Hook up your wired or Bluetooth headsets to respond back hands-free.
Turn on loud, repetitive alerts for messages when you’re in noisy environments.
When you are at your desk, listen and respond to your contacts from a desktop.
Talk across countries, wireless carriers, or data networks at no additional charge.
Data is sent through encrypted connections and stored in a secure cloud.
Google Drawings http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Drawings Google Drawings is a free, web-based diagramming software developed by Google.
It allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create flowcharts, organisational charts, website wireframes, mind maps, concept maps, and other types of diagrams.
Google Drawings is also available as a Chrome app that works offline, available from the Chrome Web Store.
Google Drawings is hosted within Google Drive and all files created with the application are by default saved to Google Drive. It was originally introduced on April 12, 2010 as Google Docs drawings, a tool for making drawings in Google Docs.
AnswerGarden http://answergarden.ch/ AnswerGarden is a minimalistic feedback tool. Use it in the classroom as an educational tool or at work as a creative brainstorming tool. Post it in a tweet or you can embed it on your website or blog to use it as a poll or guestbook.
You create an AnswerGarden by entering a topic on the Create New AnswerGarden-page.
As your AnswerGarden draws attention people will start posting their answers to your question, either by entering their own answers or by clicking on and submitting existing answers. These are then represented in your AnswerGarden in the form of a growing word cloud.
Socrative http://www.socrative.com/ Socrative
We believe big change is possible in education through small improvements. We started Socrative to make teachers' lives simpler while making teaching more fulfilling and learning more visible.
We're more than a student response system. We're a window into learning, and we see big things on the horizon. Above all else, we are educators, and we are passionate about building tools that help teachers make a difference.
HackPad https://hackpad.com/ HackPad
Take collaborative notes, share data and files, and use comments to share your thoughts in real-time or asynchronously. Every contribution is marked with the author's name, so your breakthrough idea won't get left behind.
Break projects into subtasks, assign them to team members and append tags to create releases and milestones. Monitor your progress using to-do lists. Capture your context, objectives, supporting data, and files all in one place so your colleagues find what they need right away and stay organized.
Granular privacy permissions enable you to invite a single friend, a dozen teammates, or thousands of Twitter followers. Embed a Pad on your website to open the floodgates, while maintaining precise control with moderation and historical reversion capability.
Your content lives in the cloud, and is accessible everywhere (even offline!) by mobile, desktop and tablet.
Free for personal use. Private workspaces $2 per user.
Mola lite－Collaboration iPad App http://www.molasync.com/en/ Mola lite : simplified and free MolaSync Download Mola Lite (free) Download Mola Sync ($5.99)
Using Mola lite you can join in collaborative task created by MolaSync, effective as well.
Now Mola lite freely present initiating collaboration function.
With Mola lite specially designed for iPad, You can draw to record your inspiration at anytime, anywhere, insert pictures and words and even record to write notes and annotate to modify the PDF document.
More exciting, by Mola lite collaboration function, you can exchange views and work together with your friends.
Together complete a painting, a document, a design, a trip plan ,and share your achievements or show them via social network
Backchannel Chat : Live Chat for Classrooms http://backchannelchat.com/ Backchannel Chat : Live Chat for Classrooms
Backchannel Chat is designed for educational discussions, it provides all the tools an educator could need to facilitate online discussions.
Easily control and moderate your live class chat. Our modern web 2.0 styled chat rooms will engage and transform your classroom.
We have released a Backchannel Chat application for your iPhone or iPad, download now from the App Store.
We provide a comprehensive set of features for schools to govern the backchannel chat discussion rooms that get created inside of Schoology.
Learn how to embed a banner image to the top of your chat room to set the context and personalize the experience.
Learn how to embed your chat room into your website. Visitors can watch the updates in real time.
Backchannel Chat for Google Apps now supports deployments where teachers and students are in seperate domains.
BackChannel Chat Released in the Edmodo App Store Download the Apple iPhone/iPad free App
Flockmod http://py-bot.com/apps/flockmod.swf?room=shambles Flockmod is an extension of flockdraw that has saved colors, registered users, room registration, moderation, ip banning, a wider range of brush sizes, an inkdropper tool, and more.
These extra features make this app well suited to a multi-user environment.
This is much more functional that a regular 'text-only' backchannel tool ... but that can be a blessing or a distraction ...only you, and your students, can decide.
FlipGrid http://flipgrid.com/ FlipGrid
Teachers create grids of short discussion-style questions that students respond to through recorded videos. Flipgrid boosts community and social presence in face-to-face, hybrid, and online classrooms. Give your students a voice.
You can create up to four* grids with a Flipgrid account. Grids can be classes, sections, groups of students, research groups, faculty groups, or any collection of users interested in a common strand of questions. Each grid can hold an unlimited number of questions, and each question can hold an unlimited number of responses.
Questions are short, text-based prompts (think Twitter™) that can include basic formatting (e.g., bold, italic) and links to websites or documents. Unlimited questions per grid. Unlimited response videos per question.
ShamblesPAD (built on Etherpad) .. free to use http://shamblespad.com NOW working on most tablets and smart phones inc. iOS in web browsers since May 2013 upgrade
Patter http://patter-app.net/ Patter allows you to chat privately with your friends or publicly in open chat rooms using app.net.
Patter is a messaging web client. It runs entirely on app.net and provides both public and private chat rooms. When you talk in these chat rooms, your messages do not appear in the main app.net stream and instead only appear in whichever room your are talking in.
Since Patter is implemented entirely as a protocol on top of app.net, any client or app can interoperate with the Patter web client.
The Patter web client runs entirely in your web browser and posts your messages to app.net channels. Each of these channels stores a Private Message conversation or a Patter room. The messages are stored permanently unless deleted by their owners. This allows Patter to operate both as a real-time chat client and for delayed messaging where the other person can come back and read your message a week later. Read FAQS HERE
Flaskio [To Do Lists] http://flask.io/ Flaskio
Create and share simple to do lists. No sign up. Nothing to download. Just add tasks without the pain. Simple.
I can see this having a use in classrooms with students and also CPD with teachers ... maybe running parallel with a backchannel tool.
BackChannel Chat http://backchannelchat.com BackChannel Chat
Real Time Chat for Classrooms
BackChannel Chat is designed for educational discussions, it provides all the tools an educator could need to facilitate online discussions.
With more and more technology being incorporated into the classroom, we wanted to provide a chat / discussion tool suited for the classroom. That means no advertising and not collecting personal information from students.
Our product works well with tablets and we have dedicated mobile applications on the way.
BackChannel Chat makes us of modern web technologies, if your using a modern web browser such as IE10, Chrome, Safari or Firefox you’ll be using websockets, but if your on something a little older, we’ll still make that work.
ZippyChat http://zippychat.com/ ZippyChat
Zippy Chat quickly creates permanent chat rooms, allowing you to get down to chatting immediately. It's instant messaging made easy. Just create a chat room, send your chat room's unique url to your friends and begin chatting!
Zippy Chat's chat rooms are permanent and private, and stay on the server even when they're not in use. You can post your chat room's url on the internet, and the chat room will still be working a month later.
Spaaze http://www.spaaze.com Spaaze is an infinite virtual cork board, and you can use it to do almost everything.
Spaaze (pronounced "space") offers it's users so called boards.
Each board is an infinite space which resembles a virtual cork board - hence the default cork background, but other backgrounds are available.
On these boards, items can be put. Currently Spaaze offers 7 different items: Labels, Notes, Bookmarks, Images, Files, Videos and HTML. These items can be edited in place, moved via drag and drop and positioned freely on the board. Therefore it's possible to arrange a bunch of items any way you like, which makes it possible to use it for many different use cases.
To add some structure to the board it's possible to "remember" certain points (around which items have been placed) by creating hotspots
SoapBox http://gosoapbox.com/ SoapBox is a controlled digital space, designed to improve student engagement by breaking down the barriers students face when deciding whether or not to participate in class, and gives teachers a concrete assessment of student comprehension, in real time.
BackNoise .. works on iDevices + browser http://backnoise.com BackNoise lets you create conversations on the fly, in meetings, watching TV, during class, on the train, anywhere and anytime. Talk about what you want, when you want, where you want, and how you want.
Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Requires iOS 4 or later ... and in any web browser.
Joint : Group Chat for Twitter http://joint.im/ Joint: Group Chat for Twitter.
Joint lets you group chat around any hashtag.
1. Follow: Effortlessly follow any Twitter hashtag.
2. Chat: Easily invite and chat with the hashtag group.
3. Create: Instantly create new hashtag groups.
[I suspect this could be useful as a backchannel tool]
HootCourse http://hootcourse.com A HootCourse is an online classroom. And then some. It also looks like this might be useful as a backchannel tool
Instead of cumbersome forums or complicated lesson-plan formats, HootCourse uses a combination of the most popular social networks and blogging platforms to provide a new type of online classroom.
HootCourses are built on tweets and status updates in real-time.
There's no particular structure to them, at least no more than a classroom with chairs and a blackboard; they're a simple construct that lets a teacher and pupil interact.
Most online learning solutions have the same problem. They try to be a virtual teacher instead of a virtual classroom.
HootCourse sticks solely to the role of classroom. It's a virtual environment built to facilitate the free-flowing dialogue of an educational setting. Like a real-world classroom, it leaves teaching materials and format to the teacher.
Students and teachers can sign in with either Facebook or Twitter.
ShamblesPAD (built on Etherpad) .. free to use http://shamblespad.com/ NOW working on most tablets and smart phones inc. iOS in web browsers since May 2013 upgrade
Board800 http://board800.com/ Board800
An interactive multi-user (shared) whiteboard application
Use it for tutoring, collaborative live training, brainstorming, prototyping
An online replacement of your paintbrush application
Board 800 is an interactive multi-user (shared) whiteboard application that can be used for teaching, collaborative live training, brainstorming, and more.
It is a great free application for students and teachers to use for up to 90 days, at which point the shared space is deleted.
Nota : Casual Collaboration http://notaland.com/ Nota : Casual Collaboration.
Mash your ideas and media together with friends in a dynamic whiteboard wiki. Using photos, videos, and other web content you can instantly create brainstorms, presentations, scrapbooks, and enjoy an interactive chat with more than 50 friends.
Nota is a unique, cutting-edge collaborative web platform that allows users to create, share and collaborate on presentations and virtually any other form of online material. Using Nota’s proprietary toolset, users can instantly integrate text, video, maps, clip art, photos from web album or on the local computer, or license-free images from Flickr, and material from an ever-expanding array of sources. Users can then instantly embed their work in Facebook or blogs, and can share and collaborate with friends.
Pigeonhole Live http://www.pigeonhole.sg/ We provide tools that enable you to do more fun & cool things with your live audience. Find out what Pigeonhole Live is about and how it can help you engage your audience more effectively!
Pigeonhole Live is a audience response system tool under Pigeonhole that allows speakers to engage their audience in a live setting using their smartphones, laptops and even iPad!
With Pigeonhole Live "Ask" feature, whenever you have a question, post it to Pigeonhole Live straight away. Fastest hand first/person to the mic is so yesterday.
With anonymous identity, you can ask all the questions you have without fearing the judging eyes of others. Who knows, your peers have the same question too. ;)
Vote for the question that concerns you the most, and get answered first. No more waiting for the McNanny during that precious 5-minute lecture breaks.
Find out what your peers are thinking by looking at the live stream of questions on Pigeonhole Live! They might speak your inner mind.
MeetingWords : Built on Etherpad Platform http://meetingwords.com/ MeetingWords : Built on Etherpad Platform
Work together on meeting notes, brainstorming sessions, homework, team programming and more!
Notepad http://Notepad.cc Notepad ... Very simple collaborative online writing tool ... looks to be very useful for back channelling
Cacoo http://cacoo.com/ Cacoo is a user friendly online drawing tool that allows you to create a variety of diagrams such as site maps, wire frames, UML and network charts.
Cacoo can be used free of charge.
All you need is a browser to easily create attractive diagrams for documents like Blogs, Wikis online. Numerous users can work on and complete the same diagram simultaneously.
Cacoo supports real time collaboration. Multiple users can simultaneously edit and complete a single diagram.
Writeboard http://writeboard.com/ Writeboard makes it easy to...
- Write without fear of losing or overwriting a good idea
- Compare different versions of a document
- Collaborate with colleagues on copy, proposals, memos, etc.
- Subscribe to documents via RSS and be notified of changes
- Keep your writings organized with Backpack integration
Sync In http://sync.in/ Sync.in is a web based word processor for people to collaborate in real-time.
This is an Etherpad clone ... BUT they have enhanced it to include a cool desktop client .. one of the options that has evolved the application
When multiple people edit the same document simultaneously, any changes are instantly reflected on everyone's screen.
The result is a new and productive way to collaborate and conference on text documents, useful for meeting notes, brainstorming, project planning, drafting sessions, training, and more.
TitanPad http://titanpad.com/ TitanPad was launched to provide an EtherPad setup which is unrelated to any commercial and political entities.
Its goal is to offer a stable service through proper operating.
It is run by a team of IT professionals based in Austria. If demand is high enough, this operation will be formalized and backed by a non-profit association with the goal to provide a stable EtherPad host.
Board800 - Online Shared Interactive Whiteboard http://www.board800.com/ Board800 is an interactive multi-user (shared) whiteboard application.
You can use it for tutoring, collaborative live training, brainstorming, prototyping, and even as an online replacement of your paintbrush application.
You can add multiple pages, and save your drawings as PNG.
Nota http://notaland.com Nota is a unique, cutting-edge collaborative web platform that allows users to create, share and collaborate on presentations and virtually any other form of online material.
Using Nota’s proprietary toolset, users can instantly integrate text, video, maps, clip art, photos from web album or on the local computer, or license-free images from Flickr, and material from an ever-expanding array of sources.
Users can then instantly embed their work in Facebook or blogs, and can share and collaborate with friends.
WallWisher http://www.wallwisher.com WallWisher
The ability to add postits stickers to a wall .. they can contain text, hyperlinks, images and ....
Could be used as a backchannel tool.
skrbl http://www.skrbl.com/ skrbl
Simple and easy online multi user whiteboard, start skrbl, give out your URL & start working together. Sketch, text, share files, upload pictures all in one common shared space.
There are no new tools to learn, nothing to download, nothing to install.
Brainstorm on our simple whiteboard to start thinking together, everyone sees the same screen, everybody gets on the same page.
Scribblar http://www.scribblar.com/ Scribblar
Multi-user whiteboard, live audio, image collaboration, text-chat and more ..
Potential as a multimedia backchannel tool
Twiddla http://www.twiddla.com/ Twiddla calls itself a web-based meeting playground.
Not only is it a fun way to swap ideas about a website or image ... but also useful as a backchannel tool in meetings for sharing.
PinDax http://www.pindax.com PinDax offers a fun real-time alternative to the traditional message board.
Possibly useful as a backchannel tool ...
FlockDraw http://flockdraw.com/ FlockDraw is a seamless realtime collaborative drawing tool ever.
Possibly useful as a back channel tool when graphics need to be drawn.
TodaysMeet http://todaysmeet.com/ TodaysMeet helps you embrace the backchannel and connect with your audience in realtime.
Encourage the room to use the live stream to make comments, ask questions, and use that feedback to tailor your presentation, sharpen your points, and address audience needs.
Etherpad http://etherpad.org/ Etherpad
EtherPad is the first web-based word processor that allows people to work together in really real-time.
When multiple people edit the same document simultaneously, any changes are instantly reflected on everyone's screen.
The result is a new and productive way to collaborate on text documents, useful for meeting notes, drafting sessions, education, team programming, and more.
Note that Etherpad has been purchased by Google ... and is now being made available as open source.
It is not known how long this original Etherpad will stay online ... but there are alternatives .. see below
WiZiQ http://www.wiziq.com/ WiZiQ enables teachers and learners to collaborate through ...
* Virtual Classes * Online Tests * Educational Content * Contact Network
Scribblar http://www.scribblar.com Scribblar
Simple, effective online collaboration
Multi-user whiteboard, live audio,
image collaboration, text-chat and more ...
Chatzy http://www.chatzy.com/ Why Chatzy is a good alternative to traditional chat sites as well as ICQ, Yahoo, MSN and AOL Messenger:
* Chatzy has no registration steps - your friends can join instantly
* Chatzy is free and has no popup ads
* Chatzy does not require any installation on your computer (= no spyware)
* Chatzy works on any PC, with any language and through corporate firewalls
* Chatzy is simple and easy to use
Alternatives to Etherpad http://alternativeto.net/desktop/etherpad/ Alternatives to Etherpad listed at "Alternative to"
Note that some of the alternatives given do not have the real time sychronous function.
But "Alternative To" is also a social network where you can vote on the alternatives to help fine-tune them.
CoverItLive http://www.coveritlive.com/ CoverItLive ... Putting the ‘live’ into your live event
Quickly build and launch a live event. Insert into any web page as easily as a hyperlink.
Instantly publish commentary and multimedia. No refresh. No preview. No save.
BackNoise http://backnoise.com/ BackNoise lets you create conversations on the fly, in meetings, watching TV, during class, on the train, anywhere and anytime. Talk about what you want, when you want, where you want, and how you want.
Join a conversation or create one of your own!
Google Wave as a Back-Channel Tool http://www.shambles.net/pages/learning/infolit/googlewave/ Google Wave as a Back-Channel Tool
At the time of posting this message I'm not aware of any teachers using Google Wave as a Back-Channel tool in their classrooms.
I do suspect that as Wave evolved and teachers become more confident that there might be a place for it to do this task.