I just discovered Facebook for teachers: Edmodo.

I’m still discovering all the features, but some of them include:

  • ability to add whole class as a group or individuals
  • class discussions
  • post assignments, quizzes, updates, etc.
  • post resources for yourself or students
  • communicate with other teachers from your school and beyond
  • post questions that other teachers can respond to

The benefits are that it’s an accepted and safe social network for teachers and students, and teachers can be organized by keeping grades, resources, assignments, and other things all in one online place (although I’m not sure how safe it is to have students’ grades on this site if it were to be hacked. I see a possible FERPA violation, so maybe grades and any other sensitive student information should be kept on whatever program the school has teachers use). The Library function would especially come in handy for online lessons/articles as well as video clips that are easier stored as a virtual rather than hard copy.

The only downside I see is that some students may not have computer/internet access outside of school if teachers need students to have access to Edmodo after school hours. But that’s what the first day survey is for.


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