A. Instruction - 8
B. Design - 9
C. Engagement - 8.3
Collabedit: A Resource for Collaboration
Summary : Easy-To-Use Document Collaboration Here!
Collabedit provides users with a document that they can share and then collaborate on with other users in real time. Originally designed for computer programmers, Collabedit can be used to create, share, and download text-only documents. To begin, users must click the “Create a New Document” button from the homepage. Next, Collabedit will launch a blank document. Users can add text to the document by clicking on it and then typing. To collaborate, users must tap the “Invite” button on the top of the screen, and Collabeit will provide them with a URL that can be shared with multiple users. Once users enter the URL in their web browser, they will be prompted to input their name. After doing so, users will be able to add content to the document. Once they are finished with the document, users can tap the “Download” button, and Collabedit will download it in a program language. (Users can select the programming language for their document with the dropdown box on the right side. For easy accessibility, we recommend using the “Plan Text” language.)
- Teachers can create a document and share it by posting the its URL to a class website or emailing it to students. Next, teachers can post a prompt at the top of the document and have students respond to it. After their response, teachers can require students to put their name, initials, or nickname so teachers are able to hold students accountable for responding. Teachers can do this activity at the beginning of a class as a bell ringer to activate student background knowledge about a topic, or teachers can do this activity at the end of class as an exit ticket. Once complete, teachers can download the document and/or using it to begin a class conversation based on student responses.
- Teachers can put a list of vocabulary terms in a blank document and, assign each student a term, and share the document’s URL. Next, students will have to write the term’s definition, use it in a sentence, and provide examples of the term they were assigned. Once all students add their work, teachers can review the definitions, sentences, and examples with the whole class. Plus, students will be able to download the document to study at a later date.
- Teachers can assign students a group project with multiple steps. In response, students can create and share a document with their group mates. In it, the group will plan each step of the project including; who will complete the step, what needs to be done to complete the step (e.g. research, drawing, proofreading, etc.), and the deadline for completing it. Students can then download the document and use it to hold each other accountable for honoring their responsibilities to the project.
- Teachers can create a group writing assignment where they create 3-4 member student teams, and then provide a “RAFT” writing prompt. Students can then create and share a document. To complete the assignment, the students will have to create a writing process and assign each person a responsibility for completing the process (e.g. pre-writer/outliner, researcher, first draft author, editor, proofreader, illustrator, second draft author, etc.). Students can then share the document’s URL and each piece of content or complete their responsibility to the group when required.
- If teachers require students to complete daily or weekly writing assignments, they can use this website. To do so, if students write journal entries on a regular basis, teachers can have them create a document using this website and bookmark it to save its URL. That way, each time they are to add writing to the document, they can click the bookmarked. When teachers wish to grade their writing, students can email them the URL or download their writing and send it to them as an email attachment.