googledocs.jpgis a powerful web-based application that enables users to easily create, edit, store, and collaborate online on documents, presentations, forms/surveys, and spreadsheets.
How can it be used in the classroom? Here are a few ideas:

Teachers can use Google Docs to: (provided by CUE and WestEd for Google)

  • Provide timely feedback to student on submitted work.
  • Collaborate with colleagues on shared materials and assessment data.
  • Publish handouts, presentations, and classroom materials for students and parents.

Students can use Google Docs to: (provided by CUE and WestEd for Google)
  • Work on their files from any computer - wherever they have Internet access.
  • Get instant feedback on their work from multiple collaborators and their teacher.
  • Publish their work on the web for an authentic audience.

wikispaces.jpgHave you ever wondered, "What exactly is a wiki?" Simply put, a wiki is "a web page with an edit button" as one wiki user characterized it. More specifically, it is a collaborative website that allows multiple users to contribute to and edit its pages. Users can add content, upload documents & other instructional resources, showcase student work, and collaborate via the discussion board. Just check out the Wikispaces blog for proof of its popularity!
"Wikis in Plain English" Video by Common Craft

Click here for 50 ways you can use wikis in the classroom.

Take a look at some examples of educational wikis created by teachers around the country:

Collection of NCASD Teacher Wikis:

*To get started with creating a wikispace, you will need to register for a Wikispaces teacher account:

Wiki Etiquette for Students
Sample Wiki Warranty

Skype.jpgis a free web-based application that enables registered users to call (*microphone required) and video conference (*webcam and microphone required) with people all over the world. If you have never used Skype, there's no better time than the present to give it a try! Educators can use this powerful tool to connect and collaborate with classrooms and experts around the globe, thus creating a dynamic learning experience for their students. Here's how it works:
Video: Skype - The Basics

Video: Skype - Beyond the Basics


  • Register for a FREE Skype account if you don't already have one ; click here.
  • Submit a request through the Help Desk to have Skype downloaded to your computer (if it's not already).
  • Be sure that you have microphone and webcam accessibility:
    • District netbooks are already equipped with an internal microphone and webcam; most district laptops have an internal microphone only (no webcam).
    • External webcams can be requested through the Help Desk or the Office of Instructional Technology (

Once you've created an account, visit the Skype in the Classroom homepage and sign in with your Skype account to begin browsing the database for resources, projects, and teachers/classrooms that are interested in collaborating via Skype. Watch the power of Skype at work in the CBS video below:

The Complete Educator’s Guide to Using Skype Effectively in the Classroom
posted by Sue Waters on The Edublogger
Skype in the Classroom
a directory of Skype projects and resources, as well as a searchable database of teachers/classrooms from around the world that are interested in connecting with other teachers/classrooms via Skype
Skype an Author Network
a wikispace sponsored by author Mona Kerby and library media specialist Sarah Chauncey devoted to providing a searchable directory of authors who are interested in and eager to participate in virtual author visits via Skype
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Skype Call Activities

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Skype Call Student Handouts