The personal learning network for educators
I really used it this year, since the student server we had crashed. It was great. We primarily used it to turn in work (Language Arts assignments--Word, PowerPoint, even images). It was EASY to get the kids signed up. I did print out the members' usernames because there's always a student who forgets his/her username (sometimes you have to try a few times before one works--lots of usernames are already in use). I could download their document, leave comments and re-upload it for them to make corrections. We also used it for discussion questions. Example:
Negatives? Well, you need to figure out how you want to organize things...it'll download each file right on your desktop. You may want to have students save documents with name/project, since I usually opened, resaved w/their name and put it in their period's folder. Then I'd delete all the docs saved to my desktop.
Other than that it is VERY easy to use. One benefit...if a computer dies and students have uploaded their file, it's also like a backup copy!
I used edmodo this year in my seventh grade english classroom. I LOVED it. It was incredibly easy to get the kids signed up, many of them signed up to receive texts from it for alerts, and I loved that I could do polls as well. I used it for leisurely discussion and serious assignments as well. The kids were actually a little upset when I archived the group just two weeks ago (school ended a month ago today).
I only had one problem during the year. A student posted something inappropriate, but I was able to delete it immediately, and the student was very apologetic -- he had a bad day at home. There are some risks with open forums, but edmodo is very easily controlled. Fortunately, my administration was supportive of my decision making abilities (or at least stayed out of my hair about it), so I didn't have any other issues.
I used Edmodo for the first time this year, and loved it! I loved it, my students loved it! It is very simple to use. The communites are great for establishing another component of your PLN. They have a library where you can store all your stuff. They even have a parent component. I met two of my pen pal classes on Edmodo, and we shared projects, movies, comments, etc. I had my students turn in their assignments, and I graded them using Edmodo. Excellent online learning platform!
Here;s a link that might help if you decide to use it:Cybraryman Links for Edmodo
I love it--it allows me to manage papers with out paper! I especially like it for my Photoshop class--we don't need to print projects which saves money and time!
The best thing is it is easy to set up--the kids so all the work and it's not much more work than creating a profile and submitting a code.