Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Josh reminded me about etherpad.com a few days ago. It is a really interesting web tool for collaborative notetaking. I used it for the first time in one of my classes today, and it worked out pretty well. We used it for semester exam review. I did forget at first that only 15 people can collaborate on one etherpad notebook page, but soon remembered when a few students mentioned that they got bumped off. After I introduced it to the class, and we played with it for a couple of minutes, we used it successfully to create a semester exam review document together. We then copied the document into a Google Doc and shared it with the class so they can utilize it to study for the semester exam. Etherpad has a function that is supposed to export to a Word doc, pdf, or Open Office doc, but none of those would work. The only export functions that worked were export as html and export as text - both acceptable, but a Word doc or pdf were preferred.