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Google Docs




Price: Free
Subjects: All
Grade levels: All
Collaborative instant document building, 
Comments, Instant Messaging, Publishing to the Web

Description: Google Docs is a free, Web-based office suite and data storage service offered by Google within its Google Drive service. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users. Google Docs offers tools to create word-processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, survey forms, and drawings for free. Data storage of files is up to 10 GB total in size. You can download Google Drive on your PC or Mac and sync files from your computer to online Google Drive.

Collaborative writing tools introduced here are only ones of high quality, easy usability, and no cost -- to be most beneficial to our survey participants and other learner-centered educators. The descriptions of the tools are current as of December 10, 2012.

Collaboration Tools > Collaborative Writing




Price: Free

Grade levels: All
FeaturesCollaborative instant document building, Authorship colors, Instant messaging, Time slider (Replay), Publishing to the Web

Description: TitanPad is a free, Web-based collaborative document-building service. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users as in Google Docs. TitanPad automatically assigns different colors to different authors so that users can immediately discern authorship and lets you replay how a document has been built from the moment of creation to the current state.

* Because it is a free service, documents that are not accessed for a while will be deleted (Public pads: 2 weeks with less than 20 revisions, 2 months with less than 50 revisions, 12 months with more than 50. Private pads: after 2 years).




PriceFree for Basic Plan*

Grade levels: All
Features: Collaborative website building, File upload, Widgets such as Videos, Calendars, etc., Group space, Discussion & comments

Description: Wikispaces is a free, web-based collaborative website building tool. Various website-building features are available: file or image upload, various widgets (e.g., embedding YouTube or other videos, calendars, etc.), discussion boards, comments, and group space.

*Free basic plan allows 5 members for private wikis, and 0.5 GB of total storage with up to 10MB for a single file. For premium plans, see
Wikispaces does not support real-time collaborative editing. When multiple users try to edit the same page simultaneously, the page will be overwritten to the latest version.


Please leave any suggestions on the existing tools and other resources or anything you want to share.

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