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Web 2.0 Applications to Facilitate Online Group Work

ApplicationDescription Cost

All of the programs mentioned below are based on some variation of cloud computing. Recently Educause Quarterly did a complete issue focusing on cloud computing; below are a few links from this issue.

280 Slides Create beautiful presentations, access them from anywhere, and share them with the world. There's no software to download and nothing to pay for——and when your done building your presentation you can share it any way you like. free
Edmodo Subtitled-Microblogging for Project Management. A private social platform for teachers and students to share ideas, files, events and assignments. free
Edublogs Edublogs lets you easily create and manage student and teacher blogs, quickly customize designs and include videos, photos, and podcasts——it's safe, easy and secure. free; pro [fee-based] version available
Empressr AJAX/Flash-based web app; tell your story any way you like; add photos, music, video, and audio. Share it publicly or privately in an instant. free
Eyejot : Video Mail in a Blink Eyejot is the first comprehensive client-free video messaging / video e-mail platform ideal for both personal and business communications. It offers everyone the ability to create and receive video messages in a self-contained, spam-free environment. PC Magazine review here free
Google Docs Create or upload documents, spreadsheets and presentations and store them online. Share items with others and collaborate in real-time; nifty form-creating application; exports and imports most standard formats. However, painfully slow editing with multiple Docs tabs open. PC Magazine Review here free
Slatebox Markup ideas on embeddable "slates" and collaborate in real-time. You can build a slate in under 1 minute and embed it on your own blog or website in a snap. The service describes itself as a New Visualization Platform free
Slideshare An online community-based presentation hosting service; upload and share your PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios. Share publicly or privately. Add audio to make a webinar. free
Teambox

A place for team in a Twitter-like project collaboration tool. Share tasks, messages, files; notifies team members of addtions and changes to projects; real group collaboration for your projects.

Free for 3 projects not to exceed 50 MB of storage
Teambox charges for branding, more storage, and maintenance on its own servers—from Basic $29/month, 20 projects, 10 GB storage, unlimited users , search bar; to Corporate $299/month; unlimited projects, 250 GB storage, unlimited users; search across all projects; enhanced technical support.

free for 3 projects
Tokbox Video chat with up to 20 people or send video messages. You can also share videos, presentations, and documents or have a normal text chat. Video e-mail doesn't require recipients to sign in. VOIP-based; works on Mac and Windows systems. PC Magazine review here free
Weebly Easily create a classroom website and blog, manage your students' accounts, and accept homework assignments online. free
     
Creately : Online Diagramming & Design An easy to use online diagramming application that's built for collaboration. Powerful features and an intuitive interface make it ideal for teams working together on diagrams & designs. Free / $4.95 per month / $9.95 per month
Dabbleboard  Dabbleboard, an online collaboration app [cloud / web-based] brings drawing and some real-time collaboration and whiteboarding to your virtual meeting. The free version lets an unlimited number of collaborators draw on the board while chatting; you can pay for a subscription to do more, such as get control over who can view and edit drawings, as well as encrypted access.  Selected as one of PC Magazines Best Free Software of 2010
Google SketchUp  A 3D modeling program designed to be an intuitive CAD program for architects, game developers and related professions; an extensive series of training videos and help features; however using it does require a certain skill / comfort level with 2D sketching. Free / fee-based Pro version ($495) is available
Mindjet Catalyst Teams can visually connect ideas, information and people to save time, improve processes and drive innovation--primarily thought not exclusive aimed at businesses and managers. Free 30 day trial; $25 per month / per user thereafter
Prezi.com

A presentation generator considerably easier than PowerPoint; which allows offline playing of presentations or provides storage so that presentations may be played anywhere. You can download prezis so they can be viewed offline; the $59 per year option allows you to make content private; and have the Prezi watermark removed. Layers Magazine provides this review

A Teacher Student option [EduEnjoy] is available that allows the $59 per year option to be made free to educators. In order to use this option, you must be a currently employed teacher and must sign a document assuring that you are an employed teacher.

first 30 days free; then fee-based with larger storage options $59 to $159 / year.

EduEnjoy free / 500 MB; EduPro $59 / year for 2,000 MB

VoiceThread

Collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos; group conversations using voice, text, audio file, or video are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world.

Levels are defined as K-12; Higher Ed; Business and Pro. Higher ed is $99/year for an "Instructor / Manager" account; $699 for a "Department Account" and site licensing calculated on number of faculty and students.

Depends on level of usage
   
Dropbox.com Online Backup, File Sync, and Sharing. A Web-based file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc., which uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with each other across the Internet through file synchronization. Supports Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux; also provides a free Dropbox iPhone app. Reveiws: PC Magazine  picked as an Editor's Choice, as well as putting it on the list of Best Free Software of 2010 ;  Productivity 501 review. Three levels: free with 2 GB of space; $9.99 a month for 50 GB; and $19.99 a month for 100 GB of space.
While Dropbox, in existence since 2007, has the widest array of positive feedback and reviews there are a few other somewhat similar services.
  • Box.net self-described as a Cloud Content Management solution; aimed exclusively at business users; it's Lite /Trial Version is free but is limited to 1 GB of storage and a 25MB individual file size limit.
  • Sugarsync started purely as a photo sharing service; expanded in 2009 to become a data synchronization service. Free for 30 days; thereafter $4.99 month for 30 GB of storage, various file types.
  • Mozy supports Windows and Mac; the free level of services allows 2 GB of data from up to two computers to be stored. Monthly subscription is $4.95 / month for the Home version. PC Magazine's review
  • Google Drive Google Drive allows you to see see your stuff anywhere.  Drive starts you with 15GB of free Google storage.  Your pictures, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, videos - anything, can be reached from any smartphone, tablet, or computer; wherever you go, your files follow.  100GB of storage costs $1.99/month; 1TB $9.99/month; 10TB $99.99/month; 20TB $199.99/month; 30TB $299.99/month.
  Page Updated: 26 August 2010      Page Created: 16 August 2010  

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