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Bump Project

  1. Find a photo in your Camera Roll which you want to share. If you don't have a photo, Open Safari and find one and save it to your Camera Roll. Use Bump to share photos. Note: only one person can send their photo at a time. Both people need to have Bump open (and be using the same Internet connection.) You don't really need to "bump" your devices together, but better, just tap the side of your iPad at the same time. a room where multiple students are bumping at the same time, there is a chance you can be connected to the wrong person. If so, just tap cancel.
  2. Talk with your learning partner about how you might use Bump with students for collaborative projects.


Bump.pngBump's strength is its simplicity. Not log in, no account, just bump and share. Bump allows two users to share photos, videos, audio, documents, and files from dropbox. The newest version also works with computers too! On your computer go to and get started.

Google Drive Project

  1. Form a group of 2 - 4 people and select a topic the group will research together. Possible topics: the pros and cons of an issue (great reference site:,) iPads in Education, Chromebook - are they right for your district 1:1 program, what makes a mammal, Michigan Indians, the underground railroad,
    Ideally your group will write a question which they are researching to find resources to help answer. One person will create a new document in Google Drive and use the email addresses for the others in the group, give them rights to edit the document (they will need to have a Google account.) It is best to divide the document into sections with labels in the document so users are adding to different areas of a document when synchronous editing. This is best done by creating headings - of topics and/or user names and each user then only adds to their area.
  2. Open Safari and using search tools, find articles and websites you want to include in your research document. Reminder - in the current version of Google Drive, the use of images and hyperlinked text is not supported. Copy the URL or text from a document and switch back to your shared document and paste the item into the document. If you use the multitouch gestures (four finger swipe,) the process of navigating between two open apps, Google Drive and Safari, can be done quickly.

Google Drive

Google Drive
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external image Google-Drive-iPad-Icon_thumb.jpgGoogle Drive provides users access to create and edit word processing and spreadsheets with a reduced set of tools. Uses can also view presentations and drawings, and upload from your iPad a variety of file types into Google Drive. Like using the popular version on a computer, document can be worked on collaboratively. To share a document, in Drive, pressing the gray arrow next to an item's name will open its details pane. Then touch the Actions button and select Share. Enter the email of the person you want to share with and their level of rights. Google Drive supports synchronous editing. An increasing number of apps are including options to save to Google Drive (as well as to the more popular Dropbox app and other online storage apps/sites.) Like Dropbox, Google Drive also allows a user to upload photos or movies from their iPad into Google Drive or if they use their camera while in Google Drive, the photo is instantly uploaded. In terms of collaboration, the current version of Google Drive has some limitations. A user cannot share a link to a document, spreadsheet, or folder - these items can only be shared with someone specific. Images cannot currently be added to a document and hyperlinks are not currently supported (as of March 16, 2013.) But like many items from Google, new features are added daily and the next version will more than likely have a requested feature currently missing. Google has created a collections of pages which will help you learn to get the most out of using Google Drive. The following information is from these pages:

Open and view your files and Google Docs in the following formats:
  • Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and drawings
  • All Microsoft Office formats
  • TXT and PDF files
  • Images (JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIF)
  • Movies (MOV, AVI, MP4)

Diigo Social Bookmarking Project

  1. Create an account in Diigo
  2. Create or join a Diigo group - you can join the MACUL iPad Resources group or when signed into Diigo, in the group settings, create your own group.
  3. On your iPad, you need to either install the Diigo Browser, with bookmarking to Diigo built-in (alone with many other great features) or add the Web Highlighter for iPad Safari bookmarklet.
  4. Save a minimum of four sites for your group. When saving a site, be sure to save it to not only your Diigo account, but also to your group.

Diigo Applet Code


  1. Optional: On all of your computers, from within the Diigo site, under Tools, install one of the Diigo tools - such as Diigo toolbar, Diigolet applet, or Simple Bookmarklet. In your Diigo Group settings, configure your notifications - when or if you are notified when there are new bookmarks saved by a group member for your group.
  2. Optional: you can use the RSS feed for your group or tag and most websites provide a way for you to insert this feed into your site. Be aware that this feed could inadvertently share inappropriate content as it's entirely based on the sites group members have contributed to the group (warning - use caution if a group has open enrollment.) See the sample for RSS Feed from Diigo Group - MACUL iPad Resources posted below.

There is also a way to create a similar applet in Safari for Pinterest. Follow the directions on this site.

Diigo Social Bookmarking

Diigo Browser for Group Collaboration
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Diigo is a social bookmarking site. You can use Diigo very successfully without ever installing the Diigo Browser. To use Diigo with Safari, add the Diigo highligher. This Java Applet allows you to save bookmarks or highlighted content in a webpage to your Diigo account. This page has the link directions from Diigo on how to add the Java applet in Safari. Watch this nice Vimeo hosted video from the EdTechTeacher group with step by step directions. Another option is to install the Diigo app, and the directions and Java applet text are built into links from this app.

If you are new to use social bookmarking tools such as Diigo or Delicious for saving websites (and more) to the cloud, the benefits are enormous. Not only are the sites you save, saved to the cloud, for access from any connected device, but you can add annotations or notes about the sites you are saving, and use keywords or "tags" to organize whatever you save. A great benefit in group collaboration is the option of saving sites into a shared group. Groups can allow open membership or membership which requires approval before someone becomes a member. For example, you can be a part of the Diigo Group created for this preconference workshop called: MACUL iPad Resources It has open membership so you can join it immediately. Once a member of a group, when saving a site to your Diigo account, you will see an option to also save the site to one or more of your group accounts. The value is that you are contributing to a group collection of shared resources. When you join a group you can even set up alerts so you are notified "what's new" on a daily or weekly basis. Like all of Diigo, the page which holds the links for the group, or for a specific user or tag - has an RSS feed so it can be added to a website. See the example below for the MACUL iPad Resources group. If you join and save something to this group, refresh the page and see if it is added.

Step by step guide on installing the Diigo Web Highlighter for iPad Safari bookmarklet.

Diigo on iPad from EdTechTeacher on Vimeo.

RSS Feed from Diigo Group - MACUL iPad Resources

Best content in MACUL iPad Resources | Diigo - Groups

Collaborative Drawing Project

  1. Pick a partner and select one of the collaborative drawing apps below. While I had bad luck with some of the apps, I'd expect you to have better luck. Open the app and go through the process of connecting or sharing your drawing. You can do whatever you want, tick-tack-toe, or open an unlabeled map showing the countries of the United States and work together to label the states in the drawing.
  2. Talk with your partner about other types of projects where students could work collaboratively. Research if there is a maximum # of students who may work on a shared drawing at one time. Is it limited to two or could more collaborate?

BaiBoard HD

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I've had mixed results with demonstrating apps which allow allow
collaborative drawing. They must be on the same network. You need dependable network connections. Some work with Bluetooth, but you need to remember to turn Bluetooth on. SyncSpace and Whiteboard Lite have both received excellent reviews from teachers using them on a regular basis. However in my tests, I was not able to get these two apps to communicate with each other. So my fall back was BaiBoard HD and it worked like a charm. When you opt to share your drawing and work collaboratively, you are provided with a number code for your drawing. When someone goes to connect, if they are near you, they see this code (and potentially, other codes) and when they select your code, the two of you are now connected.

SyncSpace Free

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The free version of SyncSpace is identical to the SyncSpace Pro (7.99) version, but is limited to 3 drawings. I liked the drawing tools, however, I had some problems getting SyncSpace Free to see another iPad so they could collaborate.

Whiteboard Lite: Collaborative Drawing

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I also had problems getting this to see another person's iPad. See how it works for you.

Other Resources

Assorted Collaboration Tools and Techniques on the iPad - Excellent, well worth watching

Collaboration on the iPad - an excellent video which shows step-by-step directions on how the iPad can be used for collaboration using a variety of different apps. Because it includes a bunch of apps, it is longer - at 17:30 long, but it's well worth a view. Collaborating with Diigo Groups is the last part of this video. This video is from the collection of more than 100 videos hosted on Vimeo from the EdTechTeachers group.

iPad Collaboration from EdTechTeacher on Vimeo.