Kitchen Synch: Synchronous Tools for Learning

[Editor’s Note: This article was written by the CTL’s Laurie Hansen.]

During a “fast-paced romp” at an IL event called “Kitchen Synch,” Will deBock shared a bunch of neat tools for synchronous online teaching. Here is a list with a brief description for each:

#1: Synchtube:  “Synchtube allows you to instantly create public and private rooms where you can watch YouTube and Vimeo music and videos synchronized with up to 50 people. Everyone views the same video at the exact same time!”

#2: Meebo: “Meebo gives you the freedom to share. Whether you use Meebo from their site or on your favorite sites around the web, Meebo brings you and your friends [and students] together.”  Meebo on the IL Blog.

#3: LinoIt:  “LinoIt is a free sticky & canvas service that requires nothing but a Web browser.”  Post text, pictures, and videos.  No account necessary!

#4: Type with Me :  “‘Type with Me’ [is] a web-based real-time collaborative document editor…”

#5: ScribLink:  “A  free digital whiteboard that users can share online in real-time. Sorta like pen and paper, minus the dead trees, plastic, and the inconvenience of being at the same place at the same time.”

#6: Google Voice :  “Teach your phone new tricks!  Google Voice enhances the existing capabilities of your phone, regardless of which phone or carrier you have – for free. It also gives you: One number – Use a single number that rings you anywhere; Online voicemail – Get transcribed messages delivered to your inbox; Cheap calls – Free calls & text messages to the U.S. & Canada.”  Google Voice on the IL Blog.

#7:  After providing an email and name, you’ll get access to a conference line that’s yours to use.  The site explains, “Each conference call account accommodates 96 callers on an unlimited number of 6 hour free conference calls.”


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