Etherpad is a very interesting tool for collaboratively writing on the web without anyone having to register and set up accounts. It has some wonderful features to make this easy but Google has decided to take it off-line. But Google has allowed its code to be shared and so there are several clone sites appearing on the web. Click here to see a list of clone sites.
One of the best clone sites that I have found and will experiment with in my teaching is TitanPad.com. This one seems to be hosted in Europe and they told me that they don't remove inactive documents.
What I like about this resource:
- It is free to use.
- There is no registration required.
- It is simple to learn and use.
- You can export to Word and other document formats.
- It keeps track of all of the collaboration events and you can play them back.
- Brainstorming with my class or small groups.
- Collaborating on writing notes.
- Collaborative story writing.
- Create worksheets ahead of time and work through them in class