Web Tools for Collaboration and Communication

Here are some tools for classroom collaboration and communication.  They can be used to build the classroom community and to share resources.

  1. #1 by Andrea on February 22, 2012 - 3:02 pm

    I find EdModo to be similar to ANGEL, and it is very user-friendly. In Edmodo the teacher can post notes, alerts, quizzes, polls, and calendar events to the entire class or to just to certain students. The teacher can also upload files to the library, where students can view and download them. Students can only post comments to either the teacher or to the entire class. Edmodo does not allow for posting between individual students. Additionally, if the teacher posts a quiz in EdModo the students grade automatically gets uploaded to the gradebook. The teacher can view the grades for all the students and the students can view their individual grades.

  2. #2 by Traci Wallace on February 22, 2012 - 3:05 pm

    ClassConnect offers a place to upload files and a calendar to record events. It also allows you to align your material with the Common Core Standards. As you explore its possibilities, it offers youtube video tutorials.

  3. #3 by Crystal on February 22, 2012 - 3:18 pm

    Edmodo seems to be the most visually friendly and user friendly of the blogs. I love that there is even a free app that can be used on smart phones. It looks a lot like Facebook, which kids will love. Looks like you can provide group updates, do messaging, post photos, and use for general communication. I like it for book talks (guided reading) and even science or social studies discussions. Looking forward to trying it out.

  4. #4 by Kim Lochbaum on February 22, 2012 - 3:31 pm

    I previewed Edublogs and found it to be a little confusing. I was able to post a welcome message and choose a new picture as my header. I also linked a word in the text to a website for more information. I would probably need to go through some of the tutorials to better understand how to make things look the way I want. I noted that the free version offers 20 MB of storage-for more, a user would need to upgrade to a paid version. I definitely want to explore some of the other sites to decide what would be best for me and my students. I feel that my students could benefit from blogging as a reflective tool, something that we don’t always have time to do in class together.

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