You don't need a degree in rocket science to know that visually organized data appeals more to students than plain text-based scribble. The visual stimulus is quickly captured by the brain and requires way less processing to understand and code it than written text. As teachers, we need to capitalize on this and try to include as many relevant visuals as possible. One way to do this is to use these visual alternatives to Google Docs. The web tools below have almost the same collaborative features Google Docs provide and they also have an added feature which is that of capturing and organizing data visually. Check them out below and share with us what you think of them. If you have other suggestions, please let us know.
Padlet is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily. It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device.
Stixy is another great tool that lets users create their own notes and stick them to a clipboard and also share them with others. You can also share documents, photos and to-do-lists.
lino is an online web sticky note service that can be used to post memos, to-do lists, ideas, and photos anywhere on an online web canvas.
Corkboar provides the following features :
- Collaborate with others on a single Corkboard
- Post and access on your computer or on-the-go
- Organize your postings into Corkboards
- Share what you post on your Facebook wall
- Get notified of new comments on your postings
- Subscribe to Corkboards that interest you
- See postings and other users around you
5- Primary Wall
PrimaryWall is a web-based sticky note tool designed for schools that allows pupils and teachers to work together in real-time.
6- Museum Box
This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box.
Spaaze is another free sticky note platform where users can organize their notes which can be simple text or videos, images and also links.