9 Crowdsourced Ways To Create A Collaborative Multimedia Book

While perusing my LinkedIn groups this morning, I came across a great question:

The power of the crowd then kicked in and sprung into action. Dozens of responses have been left for Kirsten and they’re all quite excellent. Best of all, they’re from educators and education professionals I trust. So, here’s the list of helpful tools from the LinkedIn crowd. (Be sure to join the ‘Technology in Education’ LinkedIn group to take part in these discussions in the future!)

The following are excerpts from the suggestions made by the users on LinkedIn. For privacy, I’ve removed the author’s names and profile images.


Try Voicethread – it is amazing for collaboration and holds video, pictures, voice etc.

Windows 7′s One Note

If you are using Windows 7, One Note is a powerful collaborative tool that you could do all of those things.


Springpad is a collaborative/cross platform tool that can accommodate all of the sources you are trying to utilize. projects can either be private (by invitation) or public

Google Sites

I think Google Sites is actually really good. We’re using it in grad school to keep lots of different assets and we control access to the site so it isn’t public. There are lot of really great templates for classroom and club collaboration. You can also link it to Google Docs which means everything stays current.


Check the edcenter area at Bookemon. Makes nice looking interactive “books” –and you do NOT need to pay or print them. (Here is a review: http://www.teachersfirst.com/single.cfm?id=10404). I think multiple students can collaborate. I don’t like the commercial “look” of the site, but the tool itself is easy and free.

iBooks Author

Why not use the new iBooks Author on the iPad? It’s and app, it’s free, and it’s easy.


If you are looking to keep blogs, wikis, etc controlled and limited to classroom/groups, check out Nimbus - specifically designed for focused, safe social classroom collaboration


Check out a project I have my students complete on this platform. It houses everything and you can embed widgets, too. The educator account is free and without ads. My students complete the collaborative writing part in Primary Pad since synchronous writing is not possible on wikis. They then copy and paste the text and add the media in the wiki. Take a look: http://maerchen.wikispaces.com/


Not sure exactly what you want to do but our MaxTRAQ (motion analysis software) can import AVI files, you can analyze the movement over time, etc. Quantitative/qualitative analysis. MaxTRAQ also has a pretty cool “Wizard” that acts like a blank/open book in which you can do simplescripting, include text and hyperlink. It’s inexpensive as well.


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  2. JanetP

    February 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Curriki is one of the best ways to build a crowd sourced learning resource. http://Www.curriki.org

  3. ronnwdoe

    February 28, 2012 at 8:36 am

     I think CK12, with its high quality, customizable and adaptable textbook-authoring tool, FlexBooks, definitely deserves a mention in this list. CK12 allows teachers to guide students and  students to guide themselves while being aligned with state (or country) curriculum requirements using any of several different learning modalities (text, video explanations, experimentation, labs, playing with Flexmath, simulations. CK12 is a must-have textbook-authoring app for teachers, parents and students who want the most integrated STEM learning experience, for FREE!