I think both of these tools basically do the same thing. Edmodo’s inspiration is clearly Facebook and I echo those posts that say that their interface is slightly more elegant, although day-to-day usefulness of these kind of sites is hard to judge before you put some mileage on them. I think both could be extremely useful in the class, particular in terms of students being responsible for knowing when things are due, how to get resources if they were absent, and just having a one-stop-shop for all things logistic. Schoolbinder seems to have some connection with the NYC DOE and I’m uncertain as to how school-wide involvement is essential to the success of these types of sites. They seem to be mainly a way of communicating between student and teacher rather than filter through other institutional intermediaries.
February 11, 2011