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People collaborate for different purposes and the web supports this collaboration by bringing people together to share their opinions, expertise, interests etc. Some good reads on purposeful and inherent colloaboration The Wisdom of Crowds, by James Surowiecki, The Cluetrain Manifesto Christopher Locke, Smart Mobs, Howard Rheingold, and Small Pieces Loosely Joined, by David Weinberger. Web-based collaboration saves people time and dollars when used for meetings, presentations etc. A great alternative to travel when face-to-face contact is not essential.

Bill Moyers sits down with Mark Johnson, the producer of a remarkable documentary about the simple but transformative power of music: PLAYING FOR CHANGE: PEACE THROUGH MUSIC. The film brings together musicians from around the world — blues singers in a waterlogged New Orleans, chamber groups in Moscow, a South African choir — to collaborate on songs familiar and new, in the effort to foster a new, greater understanding of our commonality.

The following are samples of the plethora of tools which fit into the category of collaboration.

  • ePALS Classroom Exchange® maintains the Internet's largest community of collaborative classrooms engaged in cross-cultural exchanges, project sharing and language learning. ePALS is also the leading provider of school-safe emailTM, blogs, eMentoring and web-browsing technology for the global educational market.
  • Digg ~ Every article on digg is submitted and voted on by the digg community.
    And Here's a RSS Digg Feed...
  • Meet-Up ~ helps people find others who share their interest or cause, and form lasting, influential, local community groups that regularly meet face-to-face. We believe that the world will be a better place when everyone has access to a people-powered local Meetup Group. That's our goal.
  • Wikis
  • Squidoo ~ Thousands of people creating a handbuilt handbuilt catalog of the best stuff online.
  • SkypeCast ~ a new way to have conversations with people across the world.
  • Discussion Boards / Forums (i.e. Castblaster Forum ) ~ Oldies but goodies still with us and important.
  • Yahoo Groups ~ Connect with a world of people who share your passions.With millions of groups at your fingertips, it's easy to find the group that's best for you -- no matter your interest.
  • Bravenet Message Forum ~ Hold ongoing discussions with people from all around the world. (A Tutorial by Becoming a Webhead)
  • WIZiQ ~ Teach and learn live in State-Of-The-Art virtual classrooms!


  • AccelaCast

  • Elluminate ~ is a leading provider of live Web conferencing and eLearning solutions for the real-time organization. A live web conferencing environment for virtual meetings and remote training, with the ability to support dozens to hundreds of users. A highly scaleable eLearning and collaborative environment for use by academic institutions. Elluminate Live! with basic functionality that includes full-duplex audio, interactive whiteboard, instant messaging, and advanced, yet easy-to-use, moderator tools.
  • YakPak
    • With Students: See Video
    • Live Voice Talking with your group is easy with Live Voice. You push the “LIVE” button and talk into your computer microphone. Everyone logged in can hear you. When your group members respond, you can see who’s talking. If you stay logged in all day, your group stays connected, allowing you to talk any time. (Click to watch short video.)
    • Voice Messaging With YackPack you can also send voice messages in three steps: click, talk, and send. The recipients then get an email saying you’ve sent a message. They click on a link to login and listen at their own convenience. You can send messages to one person or everyone in your group at once. (Click to watch short video.)

  • VYEW ~ 100% Browser-based - No downloads or installs Shared viewing of: DOCs, PPTs, XLSs, JPGs, PDFs and more Real-time Desktop Sharing and Screen Capturing Tools to Whiteboard, Draw and Annotate; Built-in Text-chat and Teleconferencing