In this assignment, you will investigate and gain experience in the use of 2 collaborative/communication apps for personal, pedagogical, and/or professional purposes providing evidence of engagement with at least 2 other individuals. Choose from apps such as Marco Polo, VoiceThreads, #GroupMe, Hangouts, etc.
Then, you will identify 5 or more apps that are of particular concern for educators and parents, revealing both the perceived benefits and the possible or likely risks when used by school age students. Using a site like,, or, you will publish your findings to a webpage in blog type or newsletter form with descriptions, warnings, safeguards, and links.

For each of the 5 apps, provide a brief description. Then, using knowledge gleaned from experience, from current professional literature, and from current scholarly articles (published within the last 5 years), discuss warnings and safeguards that should be put in place when using the app for teaching and/or learning purposes.

Communication Apps