There are so many different platforms out there where teachers can set up a learning community and students can access course materials, share their work, collaborate and engage in discussions, but the question is, how does a teacher decide on which platform to use, and should school specify what teachers should use as a school-wide IT initiation?
I am at a small technology gathering at Shekou International School http://create.sis.org.cn/workshops/create-learning-communities/ and attending a workshop on the differences between Edmodo and Schoology.
I decided to set up an account on Edmodo and go over some features introduced by the speakers. I like how the interface resembles Facebook, and if you are a Chinese teacher, you could encourage students to connect with each other in an informal way. Teachers can easily post videos or links that are relevant to students’ learning, and this is a great way to generate discussions in the target language.
I think it’s something that I could potentially use for my IT class, but as my school is rolling out Google apps, I am already using Google site as a class blog. At the same time, Moodle will also be also be used as a primary and secondary virtual learning environment, so it seems more logical if all teachers use a single platform instead of various ones for different teachers, different subjects.
What do you all think?
Please see my later reflections on https://claude331.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/edmodo-vs-schoology-vs-moodle-vs-weebly-vs-google-site-part-2/