Applications for Education
- You can use Etherpad to host a real time class discussion instead of using other tools like Twitter or discussion forums on Wikis and Blogs. Simply post a prompt on a new Etherpad page, give each student a laptop, and share the link. Here is a blog posting on a class Etherpad discussion: Using Technology to find Students.
- You can also use Etherpad to make sure that all students partnering on a group project do equal work. You require the students to "show their work" on the project the same way students have to show their scrap paper on a math assignment. Then give each group an Etherpad page and require them to chat, work on their term paper, and share any other discussions on the pad with each student using their own name. I plan on trying this myself on my next assignment.
Try it yourself and share with me your results.