Just a little more than six weeks ago a new web 2.0 tool became available, QikPad. According to the site, multiple users can instantly see text updates, character by character. It is currently in beta form but it is free, instantly accessible and simple to use; the perfect collaboration tool especially in education as there is no registration required.
Begin by clicking on the big gray New Qikpad button. Users are immediately taken to the collaboration space. At the top of the page a unique URL is assigned to the new QikPad.
As others join the collaboration their text is highlighted in a particular color. A chat box opens in which users can participate. In beginning a QikPad my text was highlighted in blue.