Update: I want to thank developer, Bill Youngdahl, for so quickly responding to my suggestions for templates for schools!
I am a huge fan of stickynote tools for collaboration and reflection. I am particularly devoted to Padlet. I love its ease of use, embedability, the fact that no registration is necessary.
But for some purposes, collaborators may need a little more scaffolding and flexibility. I am so excited to have discovered Teamput,
Based on the developers’ experience in leadership training, the platform addresses problems they observe relating to collaborating at meetings.
Idea-killing behaviors include:
- the boss speaking first and most often
- strong personalities dominate
- those with the strongest language skills do the most talking
The solution, described by Teamput, is to give participants private time to develop their own ideas, before jumping to collaboration. To allow remote teams to participate, using multiple canvases, recognizing the need for individual thought first.
In addition to creating notes, Teamput users create easy-to-add-to action lists; upload images, files and YouTube or Vimeo videos; show or hide users; include a voting function; and move items from canvas to canvas–allowing for the combined power of both private and shared spaces. Entire canvases, individual items, or groups of items may saved as PDFs with a single click.
This looks perfect for school group projects. Teachers or students invite others into the Teamput canvases with an email or by sharing a link. The free version allows for up to five collaborators. (This may be a drawback for class use.)
But wait. there’s more . . .
My favorite feature is the templates accompanied by Facilitator Guides and explainer videos. This combines the power of graphic organizers with the stickynote functionality.
Below are SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) and 6-3-5 Brainwriting template examples, that could be so useful for group discussions or for faculty meetings. Teamput invites suggestions for additional templates. (I’ve already made a few requests and developer Bill Youngdahl just added a KWL chart.)
Other stickynote tools that may be of interest:
Some brainstorming options: