Recently, I wrote a short post talking about collaborative writing and I shared the various ways in which students can work together on a document. There are a number of online options, but most of them require the students to register which isn’t always ideal. WriteURL is an online document creator that does not require any registration to create and share documents and also allows users to collaborate on a document in realtime. Here is an overview:
- Go to WriteURL and click on the ‘New Document’ button.
- Create a title by editing ‘My Title’ at the top of the document. This will become the title of page in the browser as well.
- Along the top you will find various tools. Here they are from left to right:
- Home button: this will take you to the WriteURL homepage in a new window or tab.
- Headings: this gives you six heading options
- Fonts: this gives you five options
- Bold, Italics, Underline, and Strikethrough
- Text Color: you can choose from a palate or type in the RGB numbers
- Line Color: same as text colour, but for borders and lines.
- Superscript and Subscript
- Alignments: the usual left, center, right, and justify
- Line Spacing: there are sixteen options from 0.5 to 2
- Bullets and Numbering: there are two bullets and five numbering options
- Special Characters: choose from five different sets
- Links (add and remove): puts in or takes out a weblink
- Image: insert an image from a URL and define the size
- Undo and Redo
- Share: this will give you Write, Read, and Publish URLs. You also have the option to email it from the program.
- Export: you can download a Word or HTML file (only works in Chrome)
- Online/Offiline: this shows you if you are connected to the server or not.
- Saved: this shows if the document is saved or not (automatically saves when connected)
- FAQ: a short help index
- Feedback: you can submit ideas and problems to WriteURL
- Type your document and WriteURL will automatically save whatever you type as long as you are connected to their server. Other users will also see the changes in realtime.
- Once you have created a document, you can have others join in or you can just share it using the Share button along the top. Choose the URL that fits your situation. If you want others to add to the document, give them the Write URL and they will be able to type in your document, even as you are typing and you will see the changes. If they only receive the Read URL, they will only be able to view the document without editing it. Once you have completed the document, you can Publish it using the Publish button under the Share option.
This is a fabulous registration-free writing option and I will likely use this in my classroom. I only wish there was a group option such as in TitanPad, but this works really well and does more than TitanPad.
What do you think? Can you see this being helpful? Share your ideas below in the comment section or send me a tweet at @nathanghall. Thank you!