Cacoo is a free online diagramming tool which allows real-time collaboration. Teachers can sign up for a free Academic Plan which allows them to add student users. *Please note the Academic Plan is free through June 30, 2012 after which it will be half the price of the Team Plan.
After studying Georgia’s barrier islands for the term, students used Cacoo to create a food web of native plants and animals. The class was divided into groups of four students. All four students in each group had individual Cacoo accounts and were required to work collaboratively via Cacoo to design one food web. As an added challenge, group members were required to “chat” online within their Cacoo accounts instead of communicating verbally.
Teaching the kids how to use the program took half a class period as students caught on very quickly. I found no technology problems with Cacoo at all and will use the tool with future projects. I do wish they would reconsider the upcoming price increase for the Academic Plan.
Using Cacoo to Create Collaborative Food Webs
February 20, 2012 by dborck