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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Type With Me, A Web 2.0 Tool for Collaborative Writing with a Video Tutorial

When mentoring our pre-service and in-service teachers we need to describe and model both research-based and clinically tested best practices, and demonstrate how these best practices can be applied in the real (i.e. physical) and virtual (online) classroom for both teaching and teacher training. Accordingly in this section of the blog we will describe how the internet can serve as a supplemental resource for instruction and the mentoring of pre-service and in-service Jewish educators. In this post we will discuss the web 2.0 tool, Type With Me, an internet application for collaborative writing for students, teachers, mentor teachers and staff developers.
Type With Me, formerly called the EtherPad, is a simple collaborating writing tool. It enables two or more people to write a document either at the same time (i.e. synchronously) or at different times (synchronously). Here is a tutorial on how to use Type With Me.
If you wish to see a pictorial depicting a view of the webpage, Type With Me, click onto this url:

If you want to see a tutorial on how Type With Me works, see this video which shows a clone of Type With Me named Primary Pad at this url:
Note: Type With Me, Primary Pad, Meeting Words, Cynapse, Ietherpad, and Titanpad are simple collaborative writing tools that work in a very similar fashion. The original collaborative writing tool of this type was Etherpad, but it no longer is operational.

In the next post we will discuss how to use this web tool, Type With Me, in a physical (on site) or virtual (online) Judaic classroom for instruction and teacher training.

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