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Technology in the Classroom

Instructional Technology Resources:
Building Collaborative Environments

Store your own research on the cloud, create a central repository for students to upload their work, or create spaces for students to collaborate with these resources.


Cloud Storage and Collaboration

DROPBOX

Primarily used to store files, folders, and photos, it also has functionality for sharing and collaborating with colleagues and students.

• Where to find it: www.dropbox.com
One-Page Quick Info Sheet
• Help page from Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/help
• Dropbox reviews: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2343852,00.asp
• Tips and tricks: http://gizmodo.com/5984698/10-tricks-to-make-yourself-a-dropbox-master

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GOOGLE DRIVE

Store files, folders, and photos, and easily collaborate in real time, as well as track revisions and changes.

• Where to find it: www.drive.google.com
One-Page Quick Info Sheet
• Help page from Google: https://support.google.com/drive/?hl=en#topic=14940
• Google Drive reviews: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2403546,00.asp
Workshop Handout for Google Drive
• Tips and tricks: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/12/100-important-google-drive-tips-for.html
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PIAZZA

A Wiki-style, collaborative Q&A platform where professors and students can post information, questions, and polls to get feedback and response from the class. Encourages student discussion and feedback.

• Where to find it: www.piazza.com, or through the Tools link on your Blackboard course page
One-Page Quick Info Sheet
• Help page from Piazza: https://piazza.com/support/help
• Piazza review: http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/using-piazza-to-encourage-interaction/39317
Workshop Handout for Piazza
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WORDPRESS

WordPress is a multi-functional platform to help you create and manage your very own public website--no programming experience necessary!

• Where to find it: www.wordpress.com
One-Page Quick Info Sheet
• WordPress for those with own server space: www.wordpress.org
• Video Walkthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvcITIgP1lQ
• Help page: http://en.support.wordpress.com/
• PC Mag's Review: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2089365,00.asp
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