Okay so a major benefit to Primary Pad over Google Docs is that you have to be 13+ to have a Google account in order to use the service, so this would be a really great resource for younger students.
You have to be signed in to use Google Docs, so this is an easy way to type and share, by sending the link to those you'd like to collaborate with!
You could have students create a list of links that they come across for researching purposes (especially if they're younger and you don't feel they're ready to use Diigo or some other bookmarking service yet!)
In working with teachers, you could share templates for lesson plans, project designs, etc. where people could comment or change as they feel necessary.
I like that you can view the changes in movie form -- that's definitely a plus. I think this is particularly beneficial to students who are more visual learners -- actually seeing the document have a life of its own is terrific for differentiated instruction, and sounds a Helluva lot more fun than looking at "tracked changes" in Word! :P
I really like the simplicity of Primary Pad. I am a French and Spanish teacher and a major problem the kids face is not proofing their writing sufficiently. I will often take a sentence or two from each students' essays and write them on the board for us to go through as a class and do the corrections. This would work so well in Primary Pad where they can actually do the corrections together and see the document changing. It would also work great for written conversations with the beginning language students.
Because we already use Google Docs collaboratively with group projects, collaborative writing assignments, research, etc.. I could see using this the same way. I do like the movie playback aspect as Google View History can be a little confusing at first.
I really like the suggestions folks have made above too!
Even though I could not stay for the entire event, I like how we were given one minute to write a response to a question. With the time limit, it was hard to cheat and steal everybody else's answers. Then again, with a time limit, those of us who are conscious of being slower may not feel confident as we watch other people's lists grow. I don't suppose there is a screen shot or a recording of the Primary Pad meeting? I'd like to watch what happened after I left.
I wonder if there are classrooms where students from different geographies (places) are a part of a discussion. Would something like Primary Pad be useful to share the diversity of perspectives? It could be something as simple as asking folks to list what they call a soda. Is it pop? Is it a coke? Could Primary Pad be a way to lower the walls we tend to create that emphasize differences? Can we use it to show that sometimes there are different answers and none of them are wrong? Kind of like solving math problems- there is often more than one right way to solve them correctly. But writing out math problems on a text screen is very difficult. You'd need more of a whiteboard format for that.
I like the idea of using Primary Pad for students to continue an extension of a story or to create alternative endings to a story. Those can be fun. So how would I use PP in science? So much of what we teach has finite answers. After all, part of learning science is learning how to identify evidence to support what you think you figured out. Evidence has limits- it has to be gathered and may not be open ended. At first I was thinking, list how you know something is alive. But really there is a finite list of characteristics of living things. My slower kids may not get to post something before we run out of things to add to the list.
I think I have an idea that is not necessarily finite. What if we brainstormed the various ways we've seen science misrepresented on television shows? Perhaps that could be the homework question where they come back to class with more than one example to share. Or perhaps they can even post their answer from home, outside of class time. If somebody lists your idea, then you have to find another one. This is actually very easy if they watch tv shows on TNT or USA, rarely is science presented correctly. Even on Bones, there are science flaws all of the time. That is a list that I bet the kids could get into: Identify what was said on tv, why it is wrong, and how they should have presented the information better.
Any other ideas of how it can be used in science? I'd love to hear them.
I think primarypad.com would be really easy for my 2-5 Mandarin Chinese students. It would be easy to have all the keiki log on. One set of students could write in Chinese. Another set of students could translate. I will turn this into a game. How many words/phrases can Team A write and how many words/phrases can Team B translate?
I would use PrimaryPad for round robin kagan activities. Specifically I could see it used in lab groups. I upload a copy of practice problems or review questions and the kids could take turns sharing their knowledge and answering questions.
My students seem to enjoy playing two truths and a lie, but never seem to be able to keep a straight face. I also ask my students to work in groups from time to time to collectively outline or answer questions. This has merit for jigsaw activities.
I can see using primary pad as a way to make simple collaboration tasks possible.
I like to use it for in class group work. I teach Language Arts, so there is lots of room for opinions backed by evidence. With this form of communication, more students contribute. Right now we are reading To Kill a Mockingbird, so discussions about why people have differing opinions are frequent--but not commonplace.
For my Education college students I could use Primary Pad for online group discussion on any subject. I think doing a some of the following would be great: 1) Summarizing review-type an important thing you have learned so far 2) KWL, what do you know about the subject already, what do you want to know about the subject and then what did you learn about the subject But my favorite would be a 3)Graffiti Write-write on the topic for 2 minutes and then someone else writes, but no one can repeat what someone else has written.
I teach Independent Study (K-12, all subjects). Our students are expected to attend weekly meetings, but occassionally they are sick, travelling, or have some other conflict. On those occassions, I could cundut the meeting remotely, via Primary Pad, and have a transcript of the meeting to refer to later.
I teach ESL and reading. I would use this for brainstorming, reading responses, building communities by having the students ask each other interview type questions, and probably a dozen more activities that I can't think of right now, but will "in the moment."