10 Collaboration Tools for the Digital Age

Whether you're taking an online class or just trying to coordinate too many busy schedules, group projects can seem impossible without long distance collaboration tools. Luckily, there are tons of great free options out there for group brainstorming, creating and sharing documents, holding meetings, screen sharing, video conferencing and much more! Don't miss these 10 invaluable resources for collaborating in the digital age.

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Dabbleboard

Whiteboards are essential tools for collaboration. You can draw, erase, overlap and change your ideas with the swipe of a pen. And now you can do that all online with Dabbleboard. Use your mouse to draw and the Web application will clean up your lines for you. Dabbelboards can be edited collaboratively with a free account or one of the paid upgrades.

Google Docs

The search and email giant now offers another great tool: Google Docs. This free Web application allows you to create, store and share word processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms and even drawings through your Google account.

Mind42

Need to do some brainstorming to get going on your next project? Check out Mind42, a mind mapping tool that runs entirely online so you don't have to download or install a thing. The basic account is free and allows for collaboration. Paid upgrades are also available.

Ning

Want to really impress your prof? Create a social network just for your class. Ning networks are totally customizable, from the group page to each individual profile, and all the back end work is done for you - it even has Facebook integration. Ning isn't free, but the basic account is only $2.95/month or $19.95/year.

Project Pier

Whether you're a business student learning to be a project leader or just working on a major group assignment, project management tools can be essential to keeping track of all your moving parts. Project Pier helps you organize responsibilities and deadlines, communicate with your cohorts and collaborate on tasks - all for free. The downside to this application is that it must be downloaded and installed on your own Web server. If that doesn't appeal to you, Base Camp is a very popular alternative. It's expensive - $99/month for the basic plan - but it offers a 30 day free trial.

Video Conferencing

Skype

Most college students know that Skype is good for calling home or checking in with that long distance boy or girlfriend. But did you know that it's also a great free video conferencing tool? Up to nine accounts can connect at one time, or you can cram in as many people as you can fit in front of each webcam.

Springloops

Calling all computer programming students: This is the tool for you. Springloops allows you to collaborate on code writing in real time, offering instant previews, elegant version tracking and easy integration with project management tools like Base Camp. The basic account is free, and paid upgrades are available.

Need to debug your code? Don't miss Bugzilla, the web's #1 free bug tracking system.

Stixy

Have you ever used bulletin boards to share information? Then Stixy is the all-free, all-online tool for you. Create and instantly update sticky notes (you can even format the text!), post documents and images and drag everything around with a click of the mouse. Share your board with your classmates for an instant collaboration and information sharing tool.

Twiddla

Group projects would be a lot more efficient if you could perform online research at the same time. Well with Twiddla, now you can. The entirely free application allows you to co-browse with other users, sharing thoughts and notes on the same websites at the same time.

Vyew

Want to hold group meetings without ever leaving your house? Check out Vyew, a free online Web conferencing application. Vyew allows you to schedule and run online meetings, give online presentations, share your screen and even store documents and information from your meetings for later retrieval.

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