17 February 2011

Collaborative Writing with TitanPad

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We can collaborate with others in many ways and today, I'd like to suggest using Titanpad - a cool tool to use for collaborative writing. 

You don't need to spend time signing in,  just type in your name and everyone can see who is  contributing. The tool bar offers a couple of options such as saving your work, importing/exporting the document and in the format which you prefer (e.g. Word, PDF or HTML). 

Another cool feature is that there is a chat box which you can use as you work on a project. If you choose to keep the space private, TitanPad also provides an option to create a team site where members sign in to their team pad.  By following a couple of steps - setting up your own private space or team site, signing in to your email and choosing a personal password, you then click on create a new pad and simply choose a name for that pad. The last step is of course, to share the URL and password with the rest of the team.  Authors can also choose different colours and fonts for their participation, so making it easy to see who is writing. 

TitanPad can be used for immediate brainstorming sessions, doing revisions, sharing writing projects across different classes and even countries - all in real time.  

What other activities will you be doing with TitanPad?

You may also like to see Etherpad and TypeWithMe as two alternatives  to TitanPad for realtime, collaborative writing. 



2 comments:

  1. Thanks for this post. It's great to get to know collaboration tools.
    I wonder how TitanPad differs from PiratePad and Typewith.me
    I've tried both and they are pretty much same-same.

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  2. Hi Ove,

    Thank you passing by and expressing your opinion; I agree with but think it's up to individuals to have a choice. I've used TitanPad with students and both students and myself were happy with the ease of use. Another feature I liked was how easy it was to save the work and then link it to my class wikis. But as you say, overall all these are similar.

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