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Discussion and Chat Tool Round-up

I was just asked by a colleague to suggest some tools for online discussions and/or live chats. She, like me, is beginning to explore hybrid learning and looking for tools to support out-of-class interactions.

Here’s the list I put together.  Please share your suggestions/opinions/reviews in the comments.

Moodle (LMS) based tools:

Google Apps based tools:

Other/3rd Party Tools

  • TodaysMeet ( A free 3rd party tool; you can embed simple chat into a website with automatic expiration dates; great for feedback and easy to use.
  • Tricider ( Similar to Google Moderator; collect ideas vote for the best ones
  • PollEverywhere ( a tool for “polling” an audience; they can respond via website or text message.
  • VoiceThread ( asynchronous group chat around media artifacts and presentations, some very interesting applications
  • ( white board and chat space for brainstorming and project design