Tech Tools for the Everyday Teacher

Collaborative Writing Pads

Google Docs and Writeboard have been popular websites for creating documents that multiple people can revise at the same time.  That being said, sometimes its nice to find a tool that doesn’t require a google account or a sign-in.

I am currently working on Narrative papers with my students.  We are doing everything from blogging as protagonists, defining every element of the plotline, to writing rough drafts and editing.  It would be nice if the students could type their rough drafts and then have other students view their rough drafts simultaneously and revise it.

A great website for this collaborative work is PrimaryPad:

Why is PrimaryPad great?

  • It is free
  • Allows up to 15 people collaborating at once
  • Saves the document before each change – showing how the document has evolved over time (this is known as TimeGlider)
  • Allows for users to chat while revising
  • It also allows for you to export the document as a word document or pdf.
  • No sign up required!
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2 responses

  1. Hello. This looks like something I’d like to try. I’m a home educator looking for a program that would allow a small group (maybe 10 – 12 kids) collaborate on and create an online ezine-type publication (for our homeschool co-op). Something we could e-mail to parents and have them print it out if they want. Do you think PrimaryPad is a good program for this? Do you know of others that I could maybe do a comparison with? (We want to use something that’s not too difficult.

    I’d appreciate your opinion. Thanks

    May 22, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    • Hi Tracey,

      I think Primarypad is perfect for this. I have used this with my students and it has worked great. If you sign up and create an account under your name as administrator then you can create your own primary pad where you can change the security settings to what you want. You should be able to export the document as you need. Other websites similar to this are:
      http://writeboard.com
      http://typewith.me
      http://darkcopy.com

      Hope this helps,

      Chris Stapleton

      May 23, 2011 at 3:23 am

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