with your favorite social networking sites.
you’re working on a group project, need some homework help or are
looking for a “study buddy,” there’s no question that collaborating with
your classmates can be made easier with a little technology. Below are
the three tools that I found made my college coursework just a little
bit easier. Google Chat/SkypeYou
will almost certainly encounter at least one group project during the
course of your college career. But what if you can’t find a time for a face-to-face meeting with every group member? Enter Google Chat, Skype or other
instant messaging systems. Coordinate a time to conduct a group chat,
either text- or video-based, and meet up for as little or as much time
as you need to divide tasks, compare notes and discuss next steps.And
Google Chat and Skype aren’t convenient for group projects alone. They
also make it easy to ask a friend a question about your notes or
compare homework answers. Facebook groupsEveryone
knows that Facebook can be used to find new friends and keep in touch
with old ones, but few people think of using Facebook as a study tool.
However, if you create a group for your class, all the students in your
lecture can join and discuss the course on the wall or in the message
strings. Use the group to find study buddies, discuss homework, or
ask a question about that line in your notes that you can’t quite
is my number one collaboration tool. All you need is a free Google
account, and you can share files with your classmates and group members.
Sure, you could email versions of your group paper or presentation back
and forth, but Google Docs makes it possible for group members to make
and see changes in real-time. Additionally, you can add notes and
comments in the margins of each document and chat within the document
when other group members are online. With options for text documents,
spreadsheets, presentations, drawings and files, Google Docs is ideal
for any group project. Have
you used any of these collaboration tools in your coursework? Am I
missing one of your favorite or best collaboration tools?