Monday, March 7, 2011


AnswerGarden is a website that is intended to allow users to get feedback to a question.  It is very simple to use and requires no sign up.  You enter in a question (limited to about 60 characters) and then select some of your options (unlimited answers, password protection, reminder email) and then click create. 

Once you have done that you will get an embed code that you can add to a website or blog and visitors will get to respond with simple 20 character answers.  You can also share the question on various social networks as well, so it might be a great communication tool for a district/classroom Facebook or Twitter page.Currently in beta is a customization tool which allows you to change the colors for background and text, borders, and size.  When you start to get responses, you can export them and have data about the answers to your question. 

You can see a sample below:

What do you like most about this blog?... at

With more and more students creating web pages and online publications, AnswerGarden can provide students an opportunity to get quick and instant feedback.  It might also be a way for teachers to quickly communicate with students their opinions on their publications.  It would also be a very useful tool for students to discuss other students work as well, while working on their vocabulary since it is limited to 20 characters.  


Squareleaf is another option for creating a whiteboard space for to do notes and post it notes.  It has a very simple user interface for adding notes.  You can easily choose the color for each note and make edits to each note. There are multiple ways that you can organize your information so that it is in a manner that is easy yo read and follow.  You can set a color for each item on your agenda so you can easily tell the difference between your tasks.  To see how Squareleaf works, click here.  See the images below for some examples.

ChartTool - From Google

Google ChartTool is an easy way to create nice looking charts.  You can choose to start from an example chart or import a chart from a URL.  There are several different charts that users can choose from (see image below to see all the options).  It seems to have a very simple user interface, something that many excel users complain about when wanting to create a simple chart.

You can easily select the data for each axis and title them as well.  You can choose how to fill each data set in the charts as well.  Once you are finished you can link to the chart in an email or even get an embed code for a website or blog.  Be a great way to have students discuss charts, because charts are ALWAYS on Standardized Test across every state. 

Looking for an easy to use web-based chart tool, Google ChartTool might just be what you need to fill that void.