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I'm looking for the same! We are currently using Blackboard but it just isn't doing it for me. I have explored edu2.0 and like what I see- and I know that LearningSpace is out there now - although it is costly.
I think it comes back to purpose- most of the teachers I work with want a user-friendly space that can be used for home/school communication and collaboration beyond the school walls- most are using a variety of tools (like it sounds like you are), blog as base, then wiki, etc links off of it. Do we need a full CMS? I think only if we are going to virtual learning more, which may be coming... but would love to have something better- I'm in the process of adding more CMS/VLE to my web 2.0 mindmap- they are located towards the top on the right- as I research them I will add notes-
Let me know if you find something that fits your needs better as well!
You don't have to rely on one tool.
I still love Moodle and use it to supply information and resources for my students. Some of them appreciate that.
Many of our universities use Moodle - no bad thing if thing if our students whilst still at school are used to using it for information.
I also love Wikispaces where I can have a more private space for myself and my class - we can collaborate. They feel more ownership.
I want both - I don't have to choose - they complement each other.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I'm looking at both Edmodo and Schoology. I agree with Colleen, I don't NEED one solution and I'll be using Googledocs no matter what. But I do want to have a centralized location for posting announcements, links, documents, etc. and for organizing student responses to each others' work.
I'm trying Schoology this coming semester with my small class and I will let people know how it goes!
Hmmm interesting feedback about moodle. I do agree that it really isn't "social" at all.
I also think it needs more "personalization" and interaction with the outside. You can do this with a lot of knowledge and plug ins/modules but then again, its a lot of work and there is a lot of problems occassionally.
I do think there is no perfect solution, other than integration of multiple tools. You might consider http://edu20.org ? You might not like it but it does have more for the students to interact through... I've reviewed it extensively and followed it through its growing pains. Graham does a great job keeping it current.