The collaborative editing of waves is faster and more continuous than currently possible withGoogle Docs. It has very much a document layout (in the same way as Word or email does), andso does not seem to combine the freedom of a whiteboard into the wave work-surface. However,it is as responsive as any online whiteboard and allows editing tools that enable participants(students/teacher) to collaboratively create and edit texts and include multimedia.
Playback is a video style version of a wiki history. It lets you slide through the history of the waveto see how it has changed over its history. This can even be done for one particular participantand so could be used to see how a certain student has interacted with the document.
Commenting / Editing
Wave makes a distinction between editing a document and commenting on it and so a teacher (or student) can comment on the text. For example, this could allow a teacher to highlight areas for correction and give a hint of what the issue is.
Games and Widgets
There is a games function that has been used to create Sudoku and chess games that you cansee in the demo film above. I can see potential for interactive quizzes and ‘exercises’ with thistool.Opinion Polls seem very easy to create within Wave and so it adds some interactivity for studentsto quiz each other and for teachers to create checks for comprehension.
Spell Check & Automatic Translation
There is an automatic spell check and even an automatic translator for simultaneouslycommunicating with speakers of another language. This raises the question of what skills weneed to teach language learners so that they can draw on these tools to improve their