If you are big fan of collaboration or need to figure out a way to do more dynamic sharing of content online, then you will want to take a peak at Stixy. Described by one colleague as “Google Docs meets Voicethread, meets a wiki,” Stixy offers a unique collaboration platform for a variety of content and media file types.
I am both a heavy user of Google Docs and Voicethread in my professional work and teaching. Stixy seems to have the potential to fill a niche gap between the two –allowing document sharing, editing, commenting and collaboration. It allows different file types for posting and provides different options to mark up the screen and provide feedback to the author/presenter.
With versatility comes a loss of simplicity that is Google docs and Voicethread. Stixy’s user interface could be a bit more streamlined, and clearer to the “everyday” internet user. However, after playing around for a short while, you will soon get the hang of the site.
Stixy is currently free and in beta. As with many new Web 2.0 sites, it’s hard to tell how long the beta will last, however it is still worth exploring and trying out.
I am curious if anyone out there is using Stixy with students yet? Something for business? I am playing with different ideas on how to use it in my next online course this summer and this seems to be a nice tool for students to collaborate and share their research projects through. When I figure out exactly how I will be introducing Stixy to students, I’ll post more details. Until then, enjoy!