30 Of The Best Digital Collaboration Tools For Students (2024)

30 Of The Best Digital Collaboration Tools For Students (1)

contributed by Nicholas Martino & TeachThought Staff

We are living in a digital age where students shuffle between learning apps and social and communication platforms constantly.

We can now communicate with anyone, anywhere, anytime through the simple click of a button, and it is our job as educators to leverage these collaborative tools in the classroom. Many schools are finding creative ways to incorporate blended learning in their curriculums, and THINK Global School, where I teach, is no different.

Due to our focus on blended learning and travel, it is imperative that we remain as paperless as possible. Technology can often make or break our experiences as we study in different countries around the world, so we must hit the ground running during our seven-week intensive country visits. And depending on how they are integrated into our teaching toolkits, the tools used for our blended learning units can either help or hinder our student learning experiences.

Like you, we’ve tested our fair share of tools in trying to make the digital collaboration process with our students as seamless as possible. Some have worked incredibly while others not so much. But there are five that we’ve ended up going back to time after time–tools that just make student collaboration online (and thus blended learning) that much easier.

Student-To-Student & School-To-School Digital Collaboration: 30 Of The Best Digital Collaboration Tools For Students

1. Dig social bookmarks? You’ll love Diigo

Remember the old days when a librarian came carting books into your classroom for an upcoming report?

Imagine Diigo as a digital version of that librarian and the entire internet as her cart. Items in this cart, however, can be retained for as long as you like without the fear of overdue book fees. Diigo, which stands for ‘Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff,’ is a great social-bookmarking tool that helps students or classes capture relevant research articles on a given topic.

By offering mobile versions via Android and iOS and add-ons downloadable for Firefox and Chrome, Diigo can be accessed anywhere, anytime—perfect for lessons in the classroom and those that extend out into the field.

See also 12 Of The Best Bookmarking Tools For Teachers

How We Use Diigo

This tool has become a crucial part of our school’s approach to managing project-based learning resources. Since we are constantly on-the-move, a few books, let alone entire physical libraries, are impossible for us to reasonably transport. Diigo eliminates that concern, and helps our students curate and build an ever-growing library of bookmarks for our modules year after year.

Countries and specific place- and project-based modules have their own groups for students to contribute to and annotate resources. When a guest speaker visits, we can quickly create a research group to curate a list of resources so that our entire student body is informed and attentive before the speaker arrives.

2. Tap into your students’ love of video with Flipgrid

FlipGrid is a video tool that is meant to encourage discussion and engagement. These short video-logs allow students to share ideas and opinions in a fun and hands-on way, as video submissions are often more enticing to students than a written response (this is especially true for teachers of ESL learners, who sometimes get anxiety about their written work.)

FlipGrid provides another approach for long-distance collaboration: The time limits are an added challenge to students who sometimes struggle with brevity. It’s important to note that the free version offers limited features, while the paid version features offer full student collaboration and video conversation.

How We Use FlipGrid

In our Economics and eCommerce module, students use FlipGrid to summarize, discuss and review two different resources for the project-based learning module. In the module, students learn social entrepreneurship and e-commerce by developing a web store to support rural artisans.

Before their arrival in India, students researched the stories behind successful brands and shared them in a ‘grid.’ In the ‘grid,’ students use rhetorical devices to compete with their classmates to pitch the story of the brand they selected. This early application of rhetoric devices develops throughout the module before students present a business pitch to a panel of potential investors.

3. Collectively annotate YouTube videos with VideoAnt

As a former history and anthropology teacher, I was thrilled to stumble across VideoAnt. In the past, my students would laugh at the number of times I would pause a video to ask a question or interject a counterpoint. Now, instead of just showing a YouTube video, you can annotate YouTube videos to maximize efficiency and learning.

Students and teachers can add comments to video ‘Ants,’ adding all sorts of untapped academic potential. Students can point out bias, critique video style, and ask probing and clarifying questions, just to name a few uses.

Also, if any coaches are reading this, this makes for an excellent review tool when analyzing practice drills, pre-game scouting, and game film breakdowns.

How We Use VideoAnt

In our Zero to Infinity module, students carved up an hour-long documentary about mathematics titled “The Story of One.” Educators annotate certain times with questions for reflection and short answers, while students annotate with different follow-up questions, and clarifying comments.

Due to our students’ geographic diversity, there can be large gaps in their understanding of mathematics. This tool helps educators gain more insight into the student math experience before starting the module.

4. Create & Collaborate Anywhere in the World with Padlet

Padlet allows for creative collaboration using a range of different mixed media sources.

In real-time or across time zones, students can contribute videos, images, comments on a virtual corkboard. Each student can comment or reply to the work of another student or add a new strand on the topic that is introduced.

How We Use Padlet

During our ongoing “Water and Sustainability” module, students are using Padlet to document their experiences with data collection and the use of statistics in their daily life. They are sharing passions, applications, and websites to help each other realize the everyday benefits of understandings statistics. These include a range of topics such as distance running, gardening, vegetarian nutrition, and sleep maintenance.

By learning about each other, they are in turn gaining a deeper understanding of the wide range of applications of statistics.

25 More Of The Best Digital Collaboration Tools For Students

5. Skype: Video chat, text chat, etc.

6. Zoom: Live stream video and video chat

7. Google Drive: Collaborate on multimedia projects, share files, collaborate on documents, etc.

8. WeTransfer: Transfer files of almost any size with WeTransfer. Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive (9) are decent alternatives.

10. Scribblar: Online collaborative whiteboarding. Also consider ‘Explain Everything.’

11. Microsoft Translator: Translate languages via text, voice, or photograph to more easily communicate in other languages. Also, consider Google Translate (12)

12. Twitch: Stream games for game-based learning. Channels, chat, and more.

13. Pear Deck: According to the developer, Pear Desk is a tool for Google Slide presentations and templates that allows you to transform “presentations into classroom conversations with an array of interactive and formative assessment questions.”

14. Kahoot: Game-based learning and content reinforcement through competition and collaboration

15. Drawp: According to the developer, Drawp is “a K-12 platform for creation, collaboration, content, and workflow management” Also consider Seesaw (16) learning journal.

17. Minecraft for Education: Students can work together to explore ecosystems, solve problems through design, architecture, etc. See also teaching with Strategies To Teach Like Minecraft.

18. Voicethread: Content-based conversations about selected media through ‘threads’

See also 10 tips for using Voicethread in your classroom.

19. Explain Everything: Similar in function to Voicethread but focused on students visually demonstrating knowledge rather than through voice.

See also Free Explain Everything lesson ideas.

20. GooseChaseEdu: Online scavenger hunts. for team-building and content reinforcement.

21. Microsoft Teams: A digital hub likely best-suited for project-based learning support. Also consider Slack (22) Redbooth (23) or Trello (24).

25. Spiral: A formative assessment tool with video, group and quiz exercises, completed in class or at home, collaborative review, etc.

26. Piazza: A free, K-12+ Q&A platform

Also consider Quora (27) or reddit (28).

29. Peergrade: According to the developer, Peergrade is a “free online platform to facilitate peer feedback sessions with students.”

30. Playposit: According to the developer, Playposit is “an online learning environment to create and share interactive video lessons. Teachers begin with any online video (screencasts, Khan Academy, TED, etc.) and transform what is traditionally passive content into an active experience for students, with time-embedded activities.”

Tip: Most tools are either for ‘school’ or ‘not school.’ That means tools like Seesaw and Explain Everything are made for school and tools like Quora and reddit aren’t. Obviously, school-friendly tools have many benefits (e.g., data privacy) but drawbacks as well (e.g., lack of authentic content). When using ‘not made expressly for school’ tools, try to leverage its strengths while minimizing its pitfalls.

See Also A Guide To Finding Digital Books: 20+ Free Online Libraries


While the TGS Changemaker Curriculum is unique in its approach to blended and field learning, any institution can adapt these tools for their personal teaching methods. Portable, user-friendly and effective, these tools can and will help anyone, anywhere, as they make content more fun for students to digest.

Absences are a daily occurrence at any school, but these tools can ease the burden on both the teacher and the student by keeping them informed and engaged regarding the day’s lesson plan. Teachers who flip their classrooms (here are 54 tools for a flipped classroom) can also use these tools to ensure students collaborate productively from home.

With the application of any new tech in the classroom, it is important to remember that web tools do not replace sound pedagogy. When adding these to your toolkit, treat them as learning supplements, not as a magic wand for better teaching.

Follow @maats_defenders for more on education

30 Of The Best Digital Collaboration Tools For Students

30 Of The Best Digital Collaboration Tools For Students (2024)


Which digital tool is most commonly used for collaboration? ›

Slack is a single platform that enables teams to collaborate on complex projects. It offers a wide range of communication and productivity tools such as real-time messaging (chat and calls), integration with apps and bots, searchable conversations, searchable records, etc.

How do online collaboration tools help you as a student? ›

Many benefits can be achieved using student collaboration in the desired way. Online student collaboration tools facilitate interaction and self-discovery while they work with others beyond the classroom material. Student collaboration is important in learning social skills and exploring areas of interest.

What are 2 benefits of using digital collaborative tools? ›

The advantages of online collaboration tools
  • Save time and resources. Emails probably take up more time in your work life than you think. ...
  • Increase productivity. ...
  • Improve communication. ...
  • Remote collaboration is made easier. ...
  • Boost team morale.
Nov 29, 2021

What tools do you recommend for online collaboration? ›

The best collaboration software
  • Team chat apps like Slack.
  • Video conferencing and screen sharing software like Zoom.
  • Online whiteboards like Miro.
  • Mind mapping software like MindMeister.
  • Screen recording apps like Loom.
  • Project management software like Asana.
  • Collaborative workspaces like Notion.
May 2, 2023

What are the types of digital collaboration? ›

  • Online meetings and webinars.
  • Online team chatrooms.
  • Co-authoring documents and shared spreadsheets.
  • Social media.
  • Shared task lists or issue tracking systems.
  • Wikis.
  • Email.
  • Digital Collaboration in Classrooms.

What is a digital collaboration tool? ›

Online collaboration tools are apps, software programs, or platforms that help businesses and their people streamline the creative process, and work together more effectively, and efficiently.

What is collaboration tools for students? ›

What are Collaboration Tools? Collaboration tools allow students, instructors, and teaching assistants to exchange resources in a number of different ways, depending on what is needed for a particular task. Tools include document and resource sharing and collaboration, as well as web conferencing.

How do you use digital tools in your classroom to encourage collaboration? ›

4 Tips for Effective Digital Collaboration in the Classroom
  1. Working together in the classroom.
  3. Determine your COLLABORATION TYPE.
  4. Choose your DIGITAL TOOL.
  5. Plan for your ASSESSMENT.
Mar 22, 2019

What are the example of collaboration tools? ›

Some examples include:
  • A chat app that lets multiple people brainstorm ideas.
  • A project management app that defines tasks across a group.
  • A video conferencing tool that lets people talk face-to-face.
  • A file sharing program that gives many people access to collateral.

What are four types of collaboration tools? ›

The primary types of team collaboration tools are file sharing, instant messaging (IM), cloud storage, online whiteboards, document synchronization, voice/video conferencing and calendar sharing: File sharing tools enable teams to quickly distribute and transfer files, as well as provide access to other members.

Which is the best example of collaboration in a digital? ›

Which is the best example of collaboration in a digital environment? Students work together on a project from a distance.

What are the 5 essential features of an online collaborative tool? ›

The 5 Essential Features of an Online Collaborative Tool
  • Easy and clean interface.
  • Permissions control.
  • File storage with document versioning.
  • Whiteboard.
  • Document Locking.

Is Zoom an online collaboration tool? ›

Zoom One Collaboration Tools

Zoom Meetings brings teams together with face-to-face video interactions, screen sharing, chat, captioning, and more. Its smart and inclusive video conferencing features give you the confidence to look and sound your best and make everyone feel included.

Do you think online collaboration tools can help you be more efficient? ›

Instead, tasks can be shared using a good online collaboration tool, the team can acknowledge and ask any questions before getting to work. It's much easier to stay organized and track progress of tasks using an online tool.

What is an example of collaborative technology? ›

Asynchronous collaborative software examples may include phone messages, group calendars, document sharing and enterprise resource management systems. The brief waiting periods that characterise this software can be important for communication.

What are the 7 major collaborative technologies? ›

Please find the answer which is as shown below, Thankyou. 8.1) The seven major collaborative technologies are e-mail, discussion forums, instant messaging and texting, group decision support systems, Web conferencing, interactive video, and shared w

What are the 3 C's of collaboration? ›

Communication, collaboration, coordination: The 3 Cs guiding successful cross-functional teams.

What is digital collaboration in classroom? ›

Digital collaboration is essential for the effectiveness of online classes. Digital collaboration means working together with others online to reach the goal. In Digital collaboration, students share thoughts and work in small pairs. It permits pupils to work on their communication and hearing skills.

What is digital collaborative learning? ›

The Digital Learning Collaborative is a membership community that works to illuminate key issues in digital learning, disseminate research and guide best practices to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all students.

What is an example of digital communication and collaboration? ›

Digital Communication, Collaboration and Participation involves behaviours and attitudes for working with others in digital spaces. For example, communicating in text based forums or building digital networks through social media.

What are some examples of collaboration for students? ›

For example:
  • Pair or group discussions.
  • Completing shared tasks in a pair or group, e.g. matching, sorting, ranking.
  • Activities or games with a competitive element, e.g. bingo.
  • Drama and role play.
  • Information exchange activities, including barrier games and jigsaw activities.

What are the four types of collaboration in education? ›

The following examples are among the most well-known types of collaborative learning:
  • Think-pair-share: Give students a discussion prompt, question, short problem, or issue to consider. ...
  • ​​​​​​​Problem-based learning (or PBL) ...
  • Guided Design. ...
  • Case Studies. ...
  • Simulations. ...
  • Peer Teaching. ...
  • Small group discussion. ...
  • Peer Editing.

Is Google Classroom a collaboration tool? ›

Google Classroom is a free application designed to help students and teachers communicate, collaborate, organize and manage assignments, go paperless, and much more!

What is digital collaboration skills? ›

The ability to participate in digital teams, sharing projects, tasks, calendars, tools and media.

What is the use of digital tools in the classroom? ›

Why are digital tools important in the classroom? Digital tools make learning more engaging and dynamic, provide easier access to information and multimedia resources, and allow for personalized and differentiated learning experiences.

Why use digital tools in the classroom? ›

Key Takeaways of Benefits of Using Digital Tools for Educators and Students. Incorporating digital tools in the classroom benefits both teachers and students. ‍This is because these tools encourage student collaboration and allow for adaptability in lesson planning, assessment, and customization.

What is the most common type of collaboration used? ›

The most basic and longstanding type of collaboration for innovation is the strategic alliance. Strategic alliances are agreements between two or more independent firms that temporarily combine resources and efforts to reach their strategic goals.

What makes a good collaboration tool? ›

Most good project collaboration software includes a calendar function, messaging, and a file sharing tool. Depending on your needs, a project management tool could be your one-and-done solution for collaborative work.

What is a simple example of collaboration? ›

Some examples of how collaboration skills look in the workplace include: Communicating updates to your manager to solicit feedback. Recognizing other team members for their hard work. Sharing insights and helpful tips with team members to improve group processes.

What are the 6 C's of collaboration? ›

The 6 Cs are Character, Citizenship, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. Education leaders feel “a small number of academic and personal/interpersonal qualities and capabilities” are key to helping students.

What are the 5 elements of collaboration? ›

  • Five Elements of Collaborative Learning.
  • Positive interdependence.
  • Face-to-face promotive interaction.
  • Individual accountability.
  • Interpersonal and small group skills.
  • Group processing.

What are the 5 components of a collaboration system? ›

Collaboration systems are composed of 5 components. These are hardware, software, data (project data and project metadata), procedures, and people.

What is technology tools for collaborative work? ›

Educational technology, such as video conferencing, digital writing applications, wikis, and social bookmarking tools can help to fuel students' ability to grow their collaborative skills.

How do you collaborate digitally? ›

How to improve digital collaboration in your organization
  1. Take a strategic approach. ...
  2. Use collaboration tools that don't become a distraction. ...
  3. Create a central repository for storing and sharing documents. ...
  4. Take note of all the time zone differences.

Who uses collaboration tools? ›

Creative professionals benefit from collaboration tools that enable them to share and develop ideas with colleagues. A mockup of an ad or billboard can now easily be shared with a client for approval or critiqued for specific changes. Consulting services.

What are the 3 major purposes of collaborative platforms? ›

A collaboration platform is software that helps teams accomplish specific goals or solve business problems through document management, idea sharing, and task administration.

What are three broad categories of digital collaboration tools _____? ›

Types of collaboration software tools
  • Communication software.
  • Task management software.
  • Document and content management software.
Jul 19, 2018

What are Web 2.0 tools for collaborative learning? ›

  • Introduction. ...
  • Online Writing. ...
  • Web 2.0 Tools Used for Collaborative-Online Learning. ...
  • 3.3 Google Docs as a Tool Facilitating Online Collaborative Writing. ...
  • 3.4 Zoho Writer as a Tool Facilitating Online Collaborative Writing. ...
  • 3.5 Wiki as a Tool Facilitating Online Collaborative Writing.
Mar 1, 2018

Is Google meet an online collaboration tool? ›

Google Meet is a video messaging tool that allows users to communicate and collaborate at a distance.

Is email an online collaboration tool? ›

But email was built as a one-to-one communication tool, not for sales and support teams to collaborate. The problem is that a regular inbox doesn't tell you who's working on what, which can lead to multiple responses to the same question (or worse, no response at all) and can be challenging to manage.

What are the benefits of online collaboration for students? ›

Online collaboration in education brings numerous benefits to students, including increased engagement, motivation, and performance. It also helps develop essential communication skills, allows for personalized learning experiences, and leverages technology for effective learning.

What are the pros and cons of online collaboration? ›

Easy to use interfaces significantly reduce the time spent searching through long email exchanges, meaning more efficient communication. Cons: With all its features, project tracking tools can generate just as many (if not more) emails as it reduces, this can be counterproductive.

Why are online collaborative tools important in education? ›

They contain features that allow team members to work together more efficiently. Online collaboration tools in education have these features, enabling students to work from one central point. Students can accomplish more work in less time by linking all the files they need with communication.

How does technology improve collaboration in education? ›

Increased Collaboration and Communication

Educational technology can foster collaboration. Not only can teachers engage with students during lessons, but students can also communicate with each other. Through online lessons and learning games, students get to work together to solve problems.

What are 3 example of cloud collaboration? ›

Some examples of cloud collaboration tools include Microsoft Teams, Google Suite and Dropbox.

What kind of technology has increased collaboration? ›

Video conferencing, webinar, and VoIP were the first categories of software businesses needed to lean on to allow them to continue strategizing how to move forward during the pandemic.

Which digital tool is most commonly used for collaboration at uwtsd? ›

‌Microsoft Teams is a centralised hub for communication and collaboration within a team, department or student group allowing you to share content and access other apps.

What tools will you use to collaborate? ›

Some of the tools you can use for collaboration in your workplace include:
  • Google Docs. Google Docs is a text collaboration tool that allows users to create and edit text documents and spreadsheets online. ...
  • Trello. ...
  • Slack. ...
  • Asana. ...
  • Milanote. ...
  • ProofHub. ...
  • WebEx. ...
  • Wimi.
Mar 11, 2023

What type of software is used for collaborative? ›

Collaborative software or groupware is application software designed to help people working on a common task to attain their goals. One of the earliest definitions of groupware is "intentional group processes plus software to support them".

What are the three 3 different types of collaborative technologies? ›

  • Real-time/ Synchronous: This allows for real-time communication and collaboration between users. ...
  • Asynchronous: This is a team collaboration software that allow workers to work together, however at different times.
  • Collocated: This collaborative process enables users to perform tasks together in one place.

What are the three 3 important aspects of collaboration? ›

Ok, so what are 3 important skills for teamwork and collaboration...
  • Workplace communication.
  • Respect for diversity in the workplace.
  • Build trust with employees.

What are some digital tools that you use? ›

Digital Tools & Resources
  • Word processing documents.
  • Slide presentation software.
  • Electronic reference materials.
  • Tablet and cellphone apps.
Jan 21, 2022

Is Zoom a collaboration tools? ›

Zoom One Collaboration Tools

Zoom Meetings brings teams together with face-to-face video interactions, screen sharing, chat, captioning, and more.

What is the main purpose of collaborative tools? ›

Collaboration tools enable employees to work from anywhere, opening up a pool of candidates for enterprises. Collaboration is, at its core, about working with other people. It includes sharing ideas and sorting out what parts of a project team members need to complete for it to be successful.

Which Google tool can be used for collaborative learning? ›

Google Slides is a powerful tool for creating group presentations. Students can work together on a single slide deck, dividing the work and contributing their own slides. The platform also supports real-time collaboration, so students can view and edit each other's slides as they go.


Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Neely Ledner

Last Updated:

Views: 5789

Rating: 4.1 / 5 (42 voted)

Reviews: 89% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Neely Ledner

Birthday: 1998-06-09

Address: 443 Barrows Terrace, New Jodyberg, CO 57462-5329

Phone: +2433516856029

Job: Central Legal Facilitator

Hobby: Backpacking, Jogging, Magic, Driving, Macrame, Embroidery, Foraging

Introduction: My name is Neely Ledner, I am a bright, determined, beautiful, adventurous, adventurous, spotless, calm person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.