For the past couple of months, I have been using TitanPad almost exclusively in my classroom for collaboration work, homework pages, and in class assignments. I love that fact that students are not required to register and I can set up secure pages with passwords. The biggest negative I have about TitanPad is the lack of rich text options other than bold, underline, italics, and bullets or numbers. I have been looking for an online notepad that had more rich text options and could support passwords without registration. I realize Google Docs has a rich assortment of tools and I use it personally, but our school is a small private institution with quick turnaround on students, so this isn’t really an option. Today I came across Kl1p.
Kl1p is an online notepad that doesn’t require registration to use. It supports plain text, rich text, code (i.e. programming), images, and documents.
When you arrive at Kl1p, you are asked to enter in a custom URL name or select a random name. If you choose a name that is already taken, you are taken to that page instead. Try to choose a name that is unique enough that someone else wouldn’t have taken it yet you won’t easily forget. Hit enter and a page is created
When you arrive at your new page, you are given a list of choices along the top: Save, Kl1p, Create, and QR. You can click on Save (although the default is Autosave every 20 seconds which is select on the top right of the page). Under the Kl1p button, you have the option of ‘Lock’ (you can lock it with a password so no one can change it or even view it if you want), Delete, Print, and Preview. Under ‘Create’, you can create a plain text page (default), rich text (toolbar is displayed), code (can add colouring according to the code type), image (jpg, jpeg, png, gif, tiff, bmp, webp – up to 5mb), documents (doc, docx, xls, xlsx, xlr, pdf, rtf, txt, csv, ppt, pps, pptx – up to 5mb), list, and sketch.
The rich text mode has plenty of options, more than can be listed here. These are listed a a WYSIWYG type of tools and allow for iframes and Flash as well. The document mode embeds the document and obviously makes use of Google Docs viewer. You can also download the document (but you can’t use the embedded document in a webpage). The image option allows for link hosting or embedding in a webpage. Each selection creates a new page within the Kl1p. This is listed under the Kl1ps Saved sections.
Usage in the classroom:
Here are some ideas for using it in the classroom:
- Create a document that students can share and edit collaboratively
- Create a QR Treasure Hunt (note: other ideas can be found on Richard Byrne’s blog here)
- Host images for your class blog
- Have students create a newsletter that can be shared as a locked, yet viewable, document
- Share office documents with colleagues and students
- Host class bookmarks
I am sure that you can come up with a number of other ideas as well. Feel free to share them below in the comments section or on Twitter @nathanghall