Friday, February 15, 2013

Create a Think Tank with ThinkBinder!


Interface for ThinkBinder
ThinkBinder is a way to create virtual study groups.  It has an interface which allows students to create groups, have a shared calendar, draw on a whiteboard collaboratively, participate in a discussion feed, and in a video chat!   This web 2.0 tool is very versatile and is a great way for students to get together online to work collaboratively on homework, projects and study for tests.

The interface is very easy to use.  You invite your classmates to your study group via email and once they accept, they are available for video chat, messaging, whiteboards, and more.  Imagine being able to help each other with math problems by using the collaborative whiteboard to draw it all out or create storyboards for a video project!  Students living in rural areas can continue to work together outside of class even if they live miles away.

Students can have several study groups as well so that they can have one for each of their classes.  This keeps students organized and teachers happy!  Students can also upload files so that they can keep their homework, reports, study sheets, etc. right on the website as well.  This seems like one stop shopping for virtually studying!  Another great feature of ThinkBinder is that there is a button that can be dragged to your browser's toolbar that allows students to bookmark and automatically share online materials with their study group.  So if students are researching and find a good website, they click on the Bind button, choose which study group they want to share it with and the url is automatically posted into the newsfeed for that study group.  This is also a wonderful way of keeping track of those urls so that you can site your sources later on.

You and your students should check out ThinkBinder at www.thinkbinder.com.  Here is a video that gives even more information: