I'm always looking for new tools for classroom collaboration and recently came across Boardthing.com on Pinterest (posted by The Techie Teacher). This cool tool reminds me of Padlet.com as an easy way for students to work together and share information. The site seems to still be in beta, but access was provided immediately upon request.
This collaborative board allows students to add sticky notes, use drawing tools, and add images to the space. This is a great site for students to use in collaborative groups when brainstorming ideas, compiling research, and grouping information.
Once a teacher or student creates a page, there is a share button that provides a URL (web address) to give to others so they can join in the collaboration. If the teacher creates the page, students do NOT need to log in when working on a shared board, they can join as a guest.
Some of the things I really like about Boardthing.com are:
-The quick and easy ability to change sticky note colors keeps different ideas separate.
-You can group notes together.
-You can use basic HTML code to change the size, format, color, etc of text within the box.
(This could be a fun way to introduce text coding.)
-Sticky notes can be locked in place!!
-Students can use a chat feature while working.
-Boards can be exported in text format or HTML (if that is useful to you)- but if you really want a copy, I suggest taking a screen shot or using a screen image tool.
I hope you enjoy using Boardthing.com with your class!