Stormboard is a tool which lets you create online post-it pin up boards that an unlimited number of contributors can share. Educators can join Stormboard for free until July 31 so it’s well worth having a look.
Chances are if you’ve done any professional learning or whole school planning in the past few years, you’ve used post-its for collaborative planning. Many of you would be using similar techniques with your students. Stormboard provides a simple online environment where you can brainstorm or plan with groups, where ever they are. This means students can collaborate on projects from home or on their own devices via the web. It would also be useful if you’re collaborating with other educators or students at different schools.
Stormboard let’s you collaborate on boards and share your work via a link. You can add text, videos, images and links to post-its and also create stacks which link to other boards you’ve made. As an avid Evernote user, I must admit the interface all seemed quite familiar
If you like post-its and use them in class or with colleagues, Stormboard is a great way to record your planning and ideas more effectively than sticky bits of paper on the wall!
Here are some alternatives for classroom collaboration
GroupMap – Great for brainstorming and decision making. Customisable templates with the ability to see individual and group views. Vote comment and rate and get insight into visual placement – . Has Free, Education and paid versions
Google Docs – Real time co-authoring with the ability to integrate with other applications and well supported. Format is not limited to fixed templates but of course Google is watching- Free
Mural.ly – Creative collaborative walls for visual organisation with full multimedia features. Free trail versions as well as paid education plans.