Edmodo vs Schoology vs Moodle vs Weebly vs Google site Part 1

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.

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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/ 

3 thoughts on “Edmodo vs Schoology vs Moodle vs Weebly vs Google site Part 1

  1. Hi Claudia,

    I think generally teachers are time-pressed and they prefer to use already familiar technologies.
    For a large part, Edmodo is popular because they smartly make the whole user interface similar to Facebook, which is familiar to many teachers and parents alike. It was a very clever strategy of Edmodo’s. Google, on the other hand, has the track record of continuous improvement. This past 2 years saw the popularity of cloud computing rising with mobile devices. So I believe google will catch up in market share in this segment. From teachers’ point of view, more choices do not mean more value. So I would guess 2 choices are enough for most at this stage.
    Arthur.

  2. Hi Claudia,

    Thanks for the sharing! I agree with Arthur on the point that more choices do not necessarily mean more value. Actually it is not just about teachers, or students, it is about everyone. We all have this so-called resistance to change, and moving from one platform to another is not just costly but also risky.

    Let me share with you a real case when I was taking my undergraduate in HKU years before. So we all know Moodle, right? But before that, we have been using an old version of the system. One day the university decided to upgrade to a new system, i.e. our current system, and we were given like 6 months to play with the new system while still having access to the old one. But after this period when we formally switched to the new system, lots of students were still so uncomfortable with the new one and kept making complaints.

    In my view, most of the times we may underestimate people’s resistance to change.

    Good day,
    Tim

    • Hi Tim, relating to what you mentioned about Moodle, our school actually launched Moodle mid-year last year, but with the new school-year, the system has upgraded and many features have changed. Some teachers, who resented Moodle at the beginning eventually eased into it, but got frustrated again while trying to get accustomed to the new interface. Therefore, it is essential that schools provide adequate training to build up teachers’ skills when dealing with the ever changing tools / technology.

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