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Online Collaborative Tools that can be Used in Teaching

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As part of the Knork EU project, we started to list digital tools to be used collaboratively with students. From the Creative Classroom EU project, we got a request to find online tools that can be used "anonymously" in order to protect the privacy of underaged students. This gist is an attempt at merging the results from the two sources and also combining it with my own practices.

In here and all the tools related pages listed below (in their respective "Anonymous ..." sections), anonymity mean tools that can be used without the need to create an account. With growing and developing underaged students (and to some extent with everybody), what they write today may not represent them anymore the year after. And even if such content is deleted from the original place, there will be copies and archives of it all over the web. If that content was created and edited anonymously, it will be harder to relate it back to them; allowing some kinds of right to be forgotten.

Please note: when a user does not need an account to use an online tool, that does not means that s/he is not tracked (cookies, registered IP address and/or browser fingerprint (test your browser here), etc.) nor that the content produced is not accessed by the tool owner or third parties (for analyses (number of visits,…), selling adds, moderation, copyright infringement, etc.). Always check the terms of service and decide if you trust or not the service provider before using their tools. Some tools listed here can be installed on your own school server, so bring back the control in your (or your server administrator) own hands. Some of the tools listed here comes from the PRISMBreak or De-google-ify internet, both of which try to list as best as possible tools to protect your privacy and confidentiality.

Strong internet anonymity and the importance of privacy is out of scope of these pages. If you want to dig that subject, you could start by reading from Electronic Frontier Foundation, GNU Project, La Quadrature du Net, Privacy International, Guide d’autodéfense numérique (in French) and Contrôle tes Données (in French).

##Online Collaborative Tools

I try to group the different online tools based on their main purpose/functionalities. Of course, most of them can be hacked and used for another purposes than intended.

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