The 9 Best Online Tools for Student Collaboration

There are so many to choose from!

A collage of four tutorials for teachers that feature the best tech tools for collaboration.

From group projects to collective brainstorming and peer review, we love to get our students collaborating. Whether we are teaching in person or online, there are a ton of tools for getting our students to work together both during and after school. Here are the 9 best tech tools for student collaboration.

Goal: I want an online tool for students to give and get feedback.

Try: Peergrade

You create an assignment and a rubric–students submit their work. Then, Peergrade randomly distributes the assignments to different students. They use the rubric to give feedback. They can add written comments. Best part? They can rate the feedback they get.

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Goal: I want my students to study together outside of school.

Try: Quizlet

Students can review and quiz each other from the comfort of their own bedrooms with Quizlet. Students make sets of flashcards for an upcoming test, and then they can share them with their classmates. This allows students to split up the workload as well. You can even divide the material into sections and have each student make cards for one of those sections.

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Goal: I want my students to have a place to communicate and share ideas in real time.

Try: Yo!Teach

With this backchannel communication tool, you create a chat room and can post questions, moderate discussions, delete responses, and have control over who is communicating within the chat room. Students can submit a drawing, create a poll, or use the voting feature.

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Goal: I want my students to have discussions outside of class.

Try: Flipgrid

Flipgrid is a social media-style video discussion platform great for generating class discussions around topics, videos, or links posted to the class grid. Students can video record their responses to share with the teacher or class. Use it for book reviews, peer feedback, sharing, and celebrating work.

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Goal: I want a tool for students to have a virtual discussion.

Try: Parlay

Parlay allows you to compile resources around a discussion prompt, have students submit a response to the discussion prompt, and then engage students in both written and verbal discussion and peer feedback. It’s the perfect tool for virtual Socratic seminars!

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Goal: I want a virtual space for my students to brainstorm.

Try: Mural

This digital workspace is designed for visual collaboration. Students can draw, create and move around virtual sticky notes, build diagrams, add videos, and more.

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Goal: I want a virtual space for my students to solve problems.

Try: Miro

We used our whiteboard all the time when teaching in person. Miro is a digital whiteboard with all kinds of options for creating diagrams and solving problems.

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Goal: I want a tool where I can create and share projects with students.

Try: Wakelet

If you want to organize and share resources with your students, this is your tool. You can create a lesson plan, project, newsletter, reading list, and more.

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Goal: I want students to answer each other’s questions once class is over.

Try: Loop

This app-based platform provides students and teachers with a space to ask and answer questions. Teachers can create a question for the class and choose to provide students with the space to post a private response or keep it open to collect and share all responses.

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Plus, check out The 8 Best Online Tools For Teacher Planning.

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The 9 Best Online Tools For Student Collaboration