Website Wednesday is a regular feature in which we highlight one (or a couple) of sites from the Billions floating around the Intertoobz that just might help you with your Herculean task of educating inquiring minds. Any and all suggestions for future editions are welcome.
I don’t know if you use Group Projects of any sort in your class (I do, but none that last longer than one class period on account of two things: 1) I always hated doing group projects; and 2) varying availability/attendance and fairness issues related to those for group members). If so, then perhaps you’ve introduced your students to Google Docs for building any collaborative work. They are pretty straight forward and easy to work with.
I’ve recently fallen across two other places to send students for creating instant wikis/collaborative space where they (or we or a group of students) can build a collaborative work. My new favorite is Wikidot, which, once you’re signed up, lets you create an instant Wiki space for anyone who can find it and signs up. The signup is painless and fast, and they don’t abuse it (or haven’t yet, anyway). Wikis have their problems–especially when unfamiliar students are working with them, i.e., someone might easily accidentally erase everyone else’s work, however this site and most others now, feature a pretty reliable recovery option for such instances.
Quiktopic is just what it sounds like–a place to start an instant discussion board on the Web where anyone (who can find it) can contribute their knowledge and talents, including by email. It’s a little more user friendly than the Discussion Boards in Blackboard and has the added bonus of being available to students/people outside of your classroom (or colleagues across departments or districts).
If you know of others/better collaboration tools, please post them in the comments.