A fun project we had last week was to write a story that included other authors that we have never met and are not within two states away. At first I thought this meant we would be passing bits of text back and forth, a team member showed me that we would be doing this over EtherPad.

If you have not visited it, EtherPad.com is a simple concept allowing many people to collaborate on a single document in real time. I’m having a hard time being very casual about how exciting it was for us to see our work come together using such easy tools.We played with limiting how many words each person got to add and again without any restrictions to see how well the document came together.

The service is free and no sign up is required. While we were using it in a business project enviroment, what a great site for kids in education…