Edmodo seems to be a very resourceful tool for both teachers and students. I appreciate the fact that Edmodo is interactive. There are webinars and blogs and ways you can create groups. I am happy that all these services are free. It disappointed me to find out that SchoolBinder was not completely free. It’s free if you sign up for the very minimum service but where can that take you with a class?
In including any technology in my classroom, I have to consider the pockets of students’ parent(s) or guardian. It was very disappointing that a teacher couldn’t use the organizer without paying the fee. Furthermore, the students could not save as much as they wanted without paying for an upgrade. SchoolBinder seems relatively simple and it seems students will be able to easily navigate their way through the site. Edmodo, while not being as easy to navigate as SchoolBinder, has more features and useful tools. Edmodo is a real community of teachers and learners. I like the posts about the future being bright at P.S. 287. It gives a teacher the push they need in a field that can be so easily discouraging. This center for sharing learning experiences can show urban youth that success and high achievement are both acceptable in their communities as well as attainable.
Both of these networks are great for the classroom. However, if I were to use any of these for saving lessons or calendars, I think backing up the information would be sensible. You never know when a page will crash or will no longer exist. In viewing both networks, Edmodo is definitely my favorite.
I have signed up for both and will continue to explore.