American Association of School Librarians published their 2012 25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning. Under the category for Curriculum Collaboration within the perimeters of the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner under 1.3.4 Contribute to the exchange of ideas within a learning community, 3.1.2 Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners, 3.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and assess and 4.3.1 Participate in the social exchange of ideas, both electronically and in person one of the sites listed is Springnote. At their About section Springnote states:
The tool bar offers:
For example under insert template the options are: group schedule profile, group member profile, personal profile, monthly calendar, monthly to do list, monthly appointments, monthly schedule, weekly plan, to do list, monthly diet diary, class schedule, weekly report, report, vocabulary list, bookshelf, meeting notes, discussion, guestbook, notification, event, recipe, web clippings, and slideshow.
There is no better way to explore a new web 2.0 application than by developing a way to use it in your respective classroom. I decided to create a series of pages reflecting the unit of study I have done with third and fourth grade students for many years, The Mock Caldecott. To begin I added an introductory page.
What I learned is that if you want to add more pages to a single page make sure you are on that page before you click Create a New page. Then, after you have added the title, click the appropriate page in the tree under which you want it to appear. If you desire to move pages around you must be in edit mode rather than view mode.
It was very easy to add a link to whatever you highlighted on any given page. Uploading images single or multiple was a snap as well as using a URL to insert an image. What I was unable to do after multiple attempts in IE and Google Chrome was insert a video using the embed code.
To share the pages in your notebook enter in a person's ID or email address. You can make the pages collaborative or read only. When you publish your notebook anyone can see it but you have choices about how the content can be used. You can always switch a notebook back to private, stop the publishing. I was uncomfortable exporting it to my blog due to the necessity of providing the blog password.
Overall, I give Springnote a high rating due to the array of options, no cost to the user and the short amount of time needed to understand its use. The one drawback is having questions answered other than those already posted. The link to my notebook is here.