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.
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The first thing I think is incredibly convenient about schoolbinder is the calendar that greets you as soon as you log in. This calendar will alert you to upcoming tests and assignments. As a teacher and a student, having a physical calendar instead of listed dates makes keeping track of assignments and exams much easier by putting time into a helpful visual. There is less text than there would be a list of dates, which also makes it more approachable for students. I also think that having the headings across the top and not along the side where a student may have to scroll down is also effective. Because there are only several categories, a student does not have to feel overwhelmed by the number of categories that they can click on. One of the categories is “Goals.” This term was significant to me because it is common in education lingo now so it will be familiar to students.
Edmodo is very user friendly as well, except as soon as I logged on, I was reminded of facebook. In this respect, I guess this is a good thing, but this may mean that it can be misused. Students can use this wall-like page to send a message to the class about homework instead of the student have to look the assignment up themselves. On the other hand if a student that rarely does his or her homework because he or she does not write it down, now there’s another way to get the assignment anyway. Hopefully the social networking-like appearance of edmodo will encourage students to use it.
For my first project, I think I will definitely explore misused words and phrases.
I also posted on two blogs, one that hadn’t been updated in a year, but I didn’t realize it until after I had posted and I commented on another, Cool Cat Teacher Blog, and actually received a response!