Real Time Board
Collaboration, Productivity, Research, TLT, Web 2.0

Online Collaboration with RealTimeBoard

Does this scenario seem familiar?   You’re in the midst of a team project.  One day you realize that you’ve been playing phone tag with one colleague for a week; another colleague keeps emailing Word documents; while the rest of the team is trying to work in Google Docs.  No one is communicating well and collaboration is slow.  What can you do?

Real Time Board to the rescue!

RealTimeBoard is an online collaborative workspace that features an infinite digital whiteboard.  In addition to typing and writing on the whiteboard, teams can add post-it notes, images, videos, documents, spreadsheets, Google Drive files and more. RealTimeBoard also provides a variety of templates, including timelines, Gantt charts, storyboards, calendars, and SWOT analysis grids.  Because it’s an online tool, all collaborators can access your shared board on any device at any time.  Boards can also be exported as image files or PDF.

Real Time Board for collaborative planning, notetaking, and brainstorming

The folks at RealTimeBoard have kindly granted educators free access to their premium features plus unlimited collaborators!  So it’s a perfect tool for research projects and to use with your students.  Request your account by providing your college email address.

Use digital sticky notes with Real Time Board

Uses: Any form of collaboration, such as brainstorming, concept mapping, storyboarding, planning, etc.

Price: Free for educators

Platform: Online

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Collaboration, Productivity, TLT, Web 2.0

Easy Brainstorming and Voting with Tricider

There have been many times during my teaching career that I’ve wanted to gather my students’ input to make decisions.  Would they be amenable to a due date change on their upcoming paper?  What resolution would they like to research for their next in-class debate?  Would they like to meet in the library or the classroom to work on their group projects?

In some cases, a student may be hesitant to express their opinion in front of others (who wants to be the one person who opposes a due date extension?).  Other times, I simply want a quick and easy way to “take the pulse” of my class without counting raised hands or scraps of paper.

Tricider has provided a simple and free solution to all my brainstorming, crowdsourcing, and voting needs.






A user initiates a poll or brainstorming session simply by proposing a question.  Then, participants can contribute their own ideas, up-vote other’s contributions, provide arguments for their votes, even upload images.  Tricider can be used to help make both large and small decisions, such as where to eat lunch!

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  • Collaborative brainstorming
  • Idea ranking
  • Making decisions


  • Free
  • Can be used without registering
  • Synchronous or asynchronous collaboration
  • Share a poll via email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or embedding on a website
  • Set deadlines
  • Export to Excel