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SiteMain characteristics of siteStrengthsWeaknessesRecommend that we discuss using for internal circulation of class materials?Recommend that we discuss using for public portfolios of your work?Reviewer
BloggerGoogle's blog service allows single/multiple users to create, modify and edit time stamped blog entriesFree, easy to use, hosts multiple users, nice templatesNot the best format for file sharing- everything posts under the blogspot.com designation- great for blogging, probably not the best for group needs or showcasing an individual portfolioNoNoErik
Google's well-known worldwide blog service.Easy to make and use for international students: multi-language support, global accessibility, etc. Easy to use other Google's services.Agree with Erik. It's a blog service, not for group work in the class.NoNoYoon
The almighty Google's blog-publishing site.Ease-of-use, nice template options and cutomization, easy to connect to other Google servicesAs the other have said, Blogger is, well, a blog. It's design for regular blog entries and not as focused on document storage or hosting.No. While Blogger would serve this purpose, I believe that the framework we have in place already performs the role better.NoNeal
This is a blog publishing site by Google where you can create your own blog or create a blog with others.It allows others to comment on your blog and also lets each blogger have his/her own (searchable) profile, users can control who is able to access their blog, users can post pictures/videos, and there are templates for the layout.Apparently access to the site is sometimes unreliable; also, the site isn't so much designed for what we're trying to do in terms of uploading files, etc. (like the others have said).Not so muchSureKatharine
what they said: google bloggingcustomization, option for blogging should someone want to link that to their portfolio, google integration is a plusditto what the others said: blogging over uploading filesnomaybe, if people wanted to link it with a professional/academic blogCharlotte
ClassjumpFree website for teachers designed for posting assignments, pics, links, etc. Easy to use; allows you to add class related links and then hyperlinks specific words in assignments and announcements; because you can upload any kind of file I don't see many limitationsNot a very attractive interface; doesn't seem to offer any new capabilities over ULearn, Blackboard, Learnlink, etc. (actually there are fewer features!)NoNoLauren
Geared towards middle school and high school teachers in particular. Allows them to set up multiple classes to keep students and parents updated on when homework is dueAgree with above. Very easy to set up and use.Agreed. Very basic and not attractive. Reminds me of what most of the internet looked like 10+ years ago. Not so practical for a professional academic portfolio.NoNoMunib
Allows the teachers a platform to keep in touch with students and parents. Teachers can post assignments, handouts, calendar events, etc.Agree with both above, easy to use.Only marginally prettier than uLearn. More for a dialogue between students and teacher than for a portfolio.NoNoJing
Free service for teachers to manage multiple classes as well as communicate with students and parents"No knowledge of web site programming needed," so I agree with the above--it's easy to use.I agree with the above--not exactly the most professional website for showcasing academic portfolioNoNoJessica
DigicationAimed at students, teachers, alumni and professionals, but emphasis seems to be more for teachers to create pages for their specific class and students to post their progress in their program.Ability to incorporate all kind of media and embed from YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, etc. Create unlimited pages and tabs within your profile.$19.95 per year for students & alumni. $34.95 per year for teachers. Could not find any type of free trial. All of the things it claims as achievements seem to be things that virtually every blogging site is capable of for free. When I tried to sign up, it said Georgia State University does not allow signups. Could not find very many users utilizing it as their resumes. Website feels counter-intuitive to me for some reason. Feel like there ought to be much better (and cheaper) options.Maybe.No.Munib
DigicationAdditionally, their emphasis (and strength) does seem to be on K-12, which seems to limit its appeal (at least to me). Clean (visually) and apparently easy to use -- but overall, it seems a little Facebooky/amateurish. There are plenty of samples to browse through, but it's probably telling that many of of the "featured" ones are from one University (Stony Brook), and all seem a little more breezy than substantial. It also appears to be super-easy to use, with lots of drag-and-drop utility.GSU students can't sign up, currently -- and I don't want to go to a party if I'm not invited.Probably not.Nope.
For teachers to create class pages (Class Edition) or online portfolios (Personal Edition)Multimedia enabled. Very easy to use.Not free. NoNoJing
Aimed at students, teachers, and professionals to create class pages or personal portfoliosExtensive range of file formats are easy to upload, provides e-portfolio templatesNot free. NoNoJessica
Dropbox"Cloud" based storage and file sharing siteVery easy to use interface. At least 2GB of free storage (more if you are willing to complete tutorials etc.), nice mobile device interface, easy to share folders and documents, ability to track changes and "undelete" files.Only 2 GB of free storage. Not the slickest format for presenting a public portfolio of work.YesNoErik
A file storage service that uses cloud computing to allow synchronized sharing of data.Gives users an option to operate either a free or a paid account with the highest-tier paid accounts allowing for the integration of multiple dropboxes for over 350 GB of storage, support of a broad range of operating systems, scalability that allows integration of third-party addons.Vulnerable to security breaches. Follows DMCA guidelines regarding storage of copyrighted material.YesNoAnton
Cloud-based storage service with easy sharing capabilitiesOption of either free or subscription-based account, works offline, clean mobile interface, and works on a broad range of operating systems.The free service provides only 2 GB spaceYesMaybeJessica
agreed. easy storage and sharing. also easily usable on mobile devices The key strength is easy access among various platformsI have had trouble with dropbox sometimes crashing windows when sharing files 500 MB or more. Also I do not see that it could be easily workable for housing a public CVYesNoMaria
GoogleSitesEasy to build websites not specific to teachingEasy to create pages; preexisting templates make it easier to make a better looking site that ClassJumpGiving permission to every student to join the site AND have access to other google docs like the calendar and spreadsheets is too much work; spreadsheets don't display well (they are cut off)NoNoLauren
Catalog and archive documents, calendars, and email into one account.
Ability to edit or add notes to others work. Utilizes presentation programs that we are all familiar with. Its easy to navigate and loading documents into google docs is fast and easy
I agree with Lauren. Having to invite and confirm people using the documents and calendar is an inefficent use of time.
Google's group sharing websites service.Easy to make and publish websites. It is similar with making a blog. Easy to post and add announcements, reading lists, files and docs.Agree with above.YesYesYoon
create websites, wikis using google accounttemplates seem useful (project wiki could be useful for internal discussion), could also be a great source for experimenting with interactive syllabi; appears user-friendlyLauren seems to have found the silver-bullet weakness: permissions, but you can make a google site public (same with docs) that might mitigate that botheryesyesCharlotte
HuddleUpload documents, search conversations, and monitor your feedback in real time.
Easy to navigate; review user profiles and assign tasks; track files with keyword searches that appear throughout user projects.No portfolio application; used strictly for communication and managing tasks; seems more corporate than educational.
Provide calendar, discussion, file sharing services.Simple and easy to use for discussion and upload and sharing files and docs. Need to pay for upgrade.YesNoYoon
File sharing, group organization and discussionEasy to address individuals or the group; discussion function useful for documents; uploading files is consistently easy; can notify individuals or group as a whole of uploadsPortfolio is ad-hoc: creating folders, uploading documents, etc. Difficult to share beyond specific groupYesNoCharlotte
Organizes groups of people with calendar support, discussion boards, and document drops.The tools are simple to understand and the site provides all of the resources necessary to communicate with the rest of the class.The service isn't free, and my wallet isn't heavy. Additionally, the service seems designed for group interaction rather than single-person use.Yes.No.Neal
NingA platform for the creation of social networksEasy to make professional-level networking spaces, high scalability that allows for the creation of both small and large communities, simple to integrate with other social networking platforms.Subscription-based service is Ning's main drawback.NoYesAnton
PBWorksA "collaborative learning environment" that seems mostly designed for school teachers and school districts, with a secondary focus on universities. Their University examples include online portfolios/syllabi, but half of their "Higher Ed" examples talk more about interaction with the business community. University Chicago's National Opinion Research Center seemed very satisfied with the "a reliable, cross-platform knowledge management and intranet solution that would work well inside and outside the network," though that seems less relevant to us. "PBWiki" seems to be the preferred medium for creating interactive syllabi and other classroom materials, and the case studies presented seem to suggest users are happy enough with it. The examples used, though, are static, and while the pages seem easy to navigate and construct, it's tough to say for sure that they are.First a plus: "hobbyists" get access for free. On the other hand, Classroom use costs $99 per year, which I think would cover us (ie, up to 100 users). However, while it seems as though PBWorks probably provides similar functionality as some of these other options, it's pretty unclear from the "case studies" on the site how easy/fun/usable it really is. I may play with the "hobbyist" version to learn more. UPDATE: the "hobby" site is pretty easy to use, if unlovely and uncustomizable. However, it appears that you can only share some pages with people who are also PBWorks users, so I'm not sure the freebie hobbyist option will work for us.Not versus the other options.Not versus the other options.
Comprehensive platform for multitude of learning experiences, e.g. classroom, library, university.
The strengths mostly lie in areas that are not useful to us, such as creating a class page, or sharing information across a school district.Agree with above, might use this for our actual class if it were free, as is, there are free options that don't seem to be inferior in functionality. They really mean it when they say that the free hobbyist version has "limited customization" capabilities.
SquareSpaceA fee based blog hosting site but the fee is based upon traffic usually $8-15 permonthThought this may be something to consider because the blog can be easily integrated with various social networking platforms (facebook, twitter etc). Recommended by lifehacker.comFee based NoMaybe Maria
WikispacesLots of flexibility; "Projects" allow you to create teams for assignments; easy to set up email notifications for changes in the wiki; it's easy to include Widgets (class calendar, embedded YouTube clips and chat windows)some of the widgets have ads (i.e. Glabby); the only way you can add to a page is to open it (??); YesNoLauren
Nebulous Wiki-Farm/ Wiki hosting siteSee above- All these things appear to be relatively easy to doTruly "private" wikis cost $5.00 a month after intro period (although fee might not apply under the "higher education" program offer- Primarily geared toward K-12 educators- Tricky "sharing" interfaceNoNoErik
Basic mini website hosting serviceAllows multiple users to maintain the site, seems pretty user friendly in terms of setting up the page and adding stuffIf you want anything fancy or even slightly advanced you must pay! Bummer. Plus it doesn't really seem to be all that private.EhNopeKatharine
WordpressA site used for building blogs with differing template options.Easy to navigate, manage content, and interact with others; everything is open source; Can create professional portfolios and share documents.
Not so easy setting up a site especially an advanced and professional looking one; Slight learning curve when incorporating HTML into the site.
Open source-based blogging toolset.Ease of use and high popularity coupled with an open source design framework and an integrated multi-blogging feature.Numerous security loopholes make Wordpress blogs vulnerable to hacking.NoYesAnton
a blog template site I have used wordpress and even for a novice the interface is easy to use. Also those accustomed to HTML can customize and incorporate more advanced featuresI do not see that this would a be a workable site for document sharing NoYesMaria
Another blog hosting site with templates, etc.Easy to use and understand, doesn't require one to be too web-savvy, is basically customizable (but with limits)It's free for the basic edition; however, the "advanced" type is also free to create but you have to pay to have it hostedNoSureKatharine
An amazing directory of Web 2.0 apps. According to "TechNews" blog, they've got brief summaries of (and links to) more than 3,000 apps and services -- which means that this site is perfect for late-night surfing (though I'm not sure it's directly relevant to this portfolio project).They bill themselves as the "ultimate web application index," and it certainly is impressive. Searches are idiot-proof and yield simple, logo-based results; their blog (most of whose entries are by Orli Yakuel, one of their founders), is fun and informative, if sporadic (I've just added it to my Google Reader. He blogs once or twice a month).Not weaknesses, exactly, but this isn't a solution to the matter at hand (portfolio building). Following suggested links, though, leads one to Scribd, for instance, which is a functional portfolio-sharing site (though one plagued by too much advertising for my taste; I think it works best for simple document sharing). Similarly, Go2Web20 bounced me to Wiggio, which is another classroom-sharing site that seems to make it easy to share docs (though it looks a little cheesy for portfolio-posting for larger audiences). I'm not sure that Wiggio is a vast improvement over Ulearn, but I'll play with it a bit more!Not Go2Web20, but perhaps something like Scribd or Wiggio. The other options, which feel more "professional," seem better, but I'd definitely recommend this site for more exploration, if only for fun.No.
Go2Web20Go2web20 was created to help internet users stay current with all the new services that seem to pop up daily. It compiles and arranges thousands of services in various categories, and presents brief descriptions for each service over a simple layout. The aggregated services are massive. Other sites that claim to do what Go2Web20 don't come near to housing as many web applications. It is also simple to use.Its weakness is its strength. Personally, I think there are too many applications and one can get lost. The expansive collection can be extremely overwhelming.No. I have always had the belief of keeping it simple. Google Docs does the job.NoSafiya