Tools and Resources relating to: Virtual Exchange (COIL)

  • Websites blocked in mainland China – Wikipedia - Approximately 10,000 domain names are blocked in mainland China under the country's Internet censorship policy, which prevents users from accessing certain websites from within the country. This page contains a list of the most notable such blocked websites in the country. In addition, a few pages that can test to check if a particular URL is blocked are also linked to from this page.   Websites blocked in mainland China - Wikipedia  
  • Telegram - "Telegram is a messaging program with a focus on speed and security, it's super-fast, simple and totally free. It's possible to utilize Telegram on all of your devices at precisely the exact same time -- your own messages sync effortlessly across any range of your phones, tablets or tablets. It's possible to utilize Telegram on smartphones, tablets, and tablets. We've got programs for iOS (6 and over), Android (4.1 and up) along with Windows Phone. You might even utilize Telegram's web version or install one of the desktop programs such as Windows, OSX, and Linux." -- from Quora   Telegram
  • FlipGrid - Flipgrid is a video discussion platform that allows students to record responses to teacher-posed questions or topics. This software was recently acquired by Microsoft and it has recently been changed to be a freely available tool. FlipGripd is similar to the popular VoiceThread.   Flipgrid   Check out 15 Ways to Flipgrid in Higher Ed This article, The Power Of Voice – Reflective Collaboration, talks about how to manage the limitations of the free version of FlipGrid. Keywords: Collaboration
  • WhatsApp - This app is a cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP service that can be used to send text messages and voice calls, as well as video calls, images and other media.   WhatsApp Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Video  
  • Doodle - Doodle is an online scheduling tool that can be used quickly and easily to find a date and time to meet with multiple people. First you suggest dates and times for your event participants to choose from, then Doodle creates a polling calendar that can be sent to participants for feedback. As each participant selects the dates and times from the polling calendar that he or she is free, Doodle aggregates the responses and tells you which option works best for everyone. Getting everyone on the same page is hard enough with just five other coworkers, let alone fifty new volunteers you may have never met. Doodle can be a valuable tool for coordinating a large event like volunteer training as well as a small event like a monthly meeting with the board.   Doodle   Doodle Help and Learning - Help with a section ...
  • Google Drive (and Google Docs) - Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service developed by Google that allows users to store files in the cloud, synchronize files across devices, and share files. In addition to a website, Google Drive offers apps with offline capabilities for Windows and macOS computers, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Google Drive encompasses Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, which are parts of the office suite that permits collaborative editing of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings, forms, websites, and more. Files created and edited through the office suite are saved in Google Drive. Google Docs is the original term that described the tools that now make up a portion of the Google Drive suite of applications. Drive is  a place to store your files and Docs refers to the applications that make up the suite of tools found within Google Drive to ...
  • Zoom - Zoom is a video conferencing and web conferencing service that provides video, phone, and chat services. The basic package is free and hosts up to 100 participants, and an unlimited number of meetings. The basic package includes video conferencing, web conferencing, group collaboration features such as polling and whiteboards, and security. ZOOM has been noted to be more reliable and easier to use than competing software. The use of the platform is free for video conferences of up to 100 participants, with a 40-minute time limit. For longer or larger conferences with more features, paid subscriptions are available. Features geared towards business conferences, such as Zoom Rooms for large audiences, are also available at higher subscription costs.   Zoom   Keywords: Audio, Collaboration, Mobile Apps, Recording, Screencast, Video, Webinar, webconference, webconferencing
  • Padlet - Padlet is an online virtual bulletin board, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures, in a secure location. Padlet allows users to create a hidden wall with a custom URL. Padlet creators can also moderate posts, remove posts, and manage their board.   Padlet   30 Creative Ways to Use Padlets for Teachers and Students - An article that discusses the many uses of Padlet as well as how to create one. Padlet - Best of Education - A collection of the "best" Padlets within the realm of education.   Keywords: Collaboration, Presentations Note: Padlet is one of the few tools that can be used by a learner on a Padlet without signing in. However, it should be noted that an account is created to be a Padlet "creator," the data that is shared to create an account is not always limited to within ...