10 Free Online Tools for Study Groups

Published Mar 12, 2010

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Don't let crazy schedules and other commitments get in the way of your study group. If your study group can't meet in person, you can always meet online. There are lots of different tools designed to assist with communication, collaboration and research. Here are 10 free online tools to try throughout the school year.

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Collaboration

  • NoteMesh - This free service allows students and study groups to share class notes over the web. Users can post new notes or contribute to existing class notes.
  • Wikidot - Wikidot works well for study groups who want to create their own classroom or project wiki. Anyone in the group can make edits and collaborate on a single document.
  • Writeboard - This site makes it easy to collaborate on web-based documents. Writeboard also saves all of the content you create so there is no need to worry about losing a good idea after making several revisions on a document.
  • Stixy - Stixy works a lot like an online bulletin board. You can post schedules, files, notes, photos and more on StixyBoards and easily share them with whomever you want.

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Communication

  • GroupTweet - This nifty Twitter app turns any Twitter account into a group communication hub. It works especially well for study groups who want to be able to communicate privately via Twitter.
  • Yugma - Yugma offers free web conferencing software for groups. You can use it to share desktops, documents and ideas with up to 20 people at one time.
  • Vyew - This no-installation web application is perfect for large study groups who want to meet online. With Vyew you can upload, review, annotate and collaborate on documents, course content and other materials.

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Sharing the Web

  • Diigo - Diigo is a handy tool for study groups who are conducting research. It can be used to highlight and annotate web pages, share annotated pages with other people and discuss important points right on an annotated page.
  • MyStickies - MyStickies is a web-based application that allows you to put multiple 'sticky notes' on Web pages you have bookmarked so that you (and other members of your study group) can quickly identify what is important about the page.
  • Mikogo - This cross-platform tool makes it a cinch to share your desktop in real-time with up to nine other people simultaneously. Mikogo is also easy to set up - no registration or download is required.

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