Edmodo, Schoology, Moodle, Weebly, Google Sites 的分別

(I’d like to thank Janet Xia for translating this blog entry for me from my original English post https://claude331.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/edmodo-vs-schoology-vs-moodle-vs-weebly-vs-google-site-part-2/   You are so awesome!
現在已經是暑假了,當我上交完最後一份研究生學位的論文後,我終於有時間更新我的博客啦!
自從發表了上一篇關於比較多個線上學習平台的博客後,我又陸續嘗試了Edmodo,Moodle,Weebly和Google site (諸如此類,除了Schoology), 因此又得到了許多相關的第一手使用體驗感悟。首先我會先分享自己過去使用不同學習網站的經驗。
EDMODO
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由於在一個雙語學校任教,我希望能通過科技來提高學生學習中文的動力和參與度。我曾經建議學生們使用Edomodo來完成和上交他們每週的作業。而之所以選擇Edmodo是因為它方便使用的界面和直觀的本質,因此相較於其他網站而言它不需要太多的電腦技巧,所以對使用者來說Edmodo不會顯得那麼恐懼。對於類似在方格裏臨摹中文字體,閱讀理解文章和書寫作文等傳統學習任務,Edmodo可以將中文的學習轉化為更加具有參與性和互動性的學習活動。因此學生們開始變得非常期待在課後和周末使用Edmodo來進行學習。
在和國文班主任老師共事期間,我們一起在Edmodo上設計了“測試”,“作業”和“投票”等的學習任務。比方說,其中的一個學習任務就是要求學生登錄網站www.vocaroo.com,其中他們的中文老師已經事先在該網站上錄好了一段有關介紹她“最敬愛的人”的音頻,然後學生們也可以在同一個網站上錄好有關介紹他們”最敬愛的人“的音頻。你可以聽一聽老師錄好的一段示範 http://vocaroo.com/i/s0ZeR1Tbgho1 
這項學習活動要求學生們談論他們最敬愛的人,舉出他們之所以選擇這個人的原因和背景信息。正是因為Edmodo的簡單易用的功能,學生們因而更加喜歡這項口語練習的活動。
Edmodo
在Edmodo上,老師作為管理員可以查看這項口語語音任務。因此對老師們來說,這項功能可以使他們非常方便地記錄學生完成任務的程度。我個人認為Edmodo是一個非常高效的學習平台如果老師們能結合一系列精心設計的學習任務和一套有結構的教學方式--但也不能忽視有不少人反映老師們應該在edmodo上允許更多學生自發的發起談話和討論。我認為,學生們嚴格地使用Edmodo來完成他們的作業,提出疑問和與其他學生互動來完成相關的學習任務是一件非常好的事。學生們因此能明白專注學習任務的重要性而不至離題,從而能保持Edmodo頁面的整潔性而沒有其他干擾信息。對那些不是Edmodo裡面的特殊通知,重要公告和家庭作業,我會把它們一併公佈在班級的主頁上,這樣班級的信息就能被全班同學共享了。
WEEBLY
是的!當我準備設立一個班級主頁的時候,我曾分別嘗試使用過Google Site和Weebly。但是你們猜得到嗎,雖然作為一個Google的超級粉絲和Google證書持有人,我不得不承認我仍然比較傾向使用Weebly作為班級的主頁,而這僅僅是因為它的設計便於使用者操縱,通過拖拽目標文件就能完成上傳以及。 。它不會有什麼小故障!並且,我不僅僅在我的班級裡使用Weebly,在我的研究生學習階段裡,我也選擇了Weebly去按課程要求來在網上展示我們的學習成果。由於我並不想花太多的時間來設置許多不同的頁面和佈局,我僅僅花了不到5分鐘的時間就在Weebly上選擇了一個模板並完成了頁面的設置。
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GOOGLE SITE
好吧,那我究竟什麼時候會使用Google Site呢? Google Site是一個可以和其他Google App無縫對接的強大平台。因此我會用Google Site來製作我個人的教學檔案和簡歷,從而我可以在上面鏈接Google Drive上的文件和照片,以及YouTube上的視頻。儘管設置Google Site需要花一點時間(我需要Google搜索操作指示),不過一旦完成設置,其他的步驟就會顯得非常簡單了。
以下就是我的Google Site的在線簡歷:
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關於Google Sites另一個強大的功能就是它的合作功能,它可以讓不同的人同時在同一頁面上進行編輯和工作。在去年早些時候,我建議使用Google Sites來建立學校的體育主頁,用於記錄,慶祝和分享我們學生運動員們持續的體育成就。教練們可以在Google Sites上被授予權限來上傳訓練日程和重要通知(取消活動,更換場地等等),教練們還可以選擇邀請個別學生在Google form上上交有關活動/比賽進程的匯報。這個網頁最後成為一個非常棒的項目,它促進了學校成員之間的合作交流,而家長們的反饋也是非常積極和熱烈!如果沒有Google Sites這個合作性的功能,我們可以想像要是憑藉一個人去上傳全部的信息,或者是為了上傳內容到這個頁面上所有人必須共享一個密碼,那將會是多麼麻煩的事情!
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不過最後還有一件關於使用Google Sites值得注意的事就是,它的網址都以“sites.google.com/site/”開頭,所以對個別年紀比較小的學生來說,讓他們正確輸入網址可能會比較麻煩。
MOODLE
至於Moodle的話,我的建議是如果你的學校決定將它作為全校性的學習管理平台的話,使用並好好利用它!在上面,老師們可以有效地分享課程的內容,學生們也可以在Moodle的幫助下整理和歸類課堂的學習資料。但是,我也不得不承認Moodle的頁面和功能可能會更適合中學生。不過我也看到個別學校為自己定制了專門的Moodle平台,它們也非常適合低年級學生們來使用。
總而言之,我相信各種各樣的學習平台都可以在各個教室裡使用,只要老師們清楚它們各自的局限。當然我們也沒有什麼萬能的學習平台啦,因為不同的平台有不同的功能,所以我們需要選擇一個最合適的平台來最準確地傳遞我們的教學內容。

Edmodo vs Schoology vs Moodle vs Weebly vs Google Sites (Part 2)

It is summer holidays and after finishing my last paper for my Master’s program, I finally have time to blog!

Since my last blog post on the differences between the multiple learning platforms, I have gained much insights after trying out Edmodo, Moodle, Weebly and Google site (all except Schoology) first hand.

I will begin by first describing what I have done in the past using the different sites.

EDMODO

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Working at a dual language school, I wanted to use technology to increase student motivation and engagement in learning Chinese.  I suggested using Edmodo for students to submit and complete their weekly “homework” online.  Edmodo was selected because of its user-friendly layout and intuitive nature, which was less intimidating than other websites that required slightly more computer knowledge.  Edmodo was able to transform the more traditional Chinese “homework”, such as scribing characters in practice grids, reading comprehension worksheets and journal writing, into tasks that were more engaging and interactive.   Edmodo became something that students looked forward to after school and during the weekend.

Working with the Chinese homeroom teacher, we designed activities using the “Quiz,” “Assignment” and “Poll” features.  For instance, as one of the tasks, students were first asked to click onto a link to an audio recording on www.vocaroo.com where the Chinese teacher spoke about her favorite person. (You can listen to the teacher’s recording on http://vocaroo.com/i/s0ZeR1Tbgho1

Students were then asked to speak about their favorite person, giving some reasons and background information on their choice.  Many students also enjoyed this speaking practice which could not be accomplished without the easy usability of Edmodo.

This is the speaking task as viewed by the administrator (teacher) on Edmodo.  Note that it is easy to keep track of how students have “Turned in” the assignment.

Edmodo

I personally believe Edmodo is an effective learning platform when used in a structured manner with thoughtfully designed tasks – although many might argue that teachers should allow more spontaneous conversations on Edmodo.  I thought it worked very well that students strictly used Edmodo for completing their assigned tasks, or to ask questions and interact with others relating to those tasks.  They understood the importance of staying on topic to keep the Edmodo page “clean” and “clutter free.”  With special announcements, importance notices, and homework assignment that weren’t part of Edmodo, I kept those contents on the class homepage, where class information was shared.

Another great way to use Edmodo is differentiation, which I find even Google Classroom cannot achieve.  On Edmodo, you can separate students into groups, and have completely different sets of announcements, discussions, assignments for each group.  This is great if you are doing Literacy Circle, or Math Centers, etc where students are grouped according to their interests or abilities.

Although I did not set my Edmodo group this way for my last integrated ICT unit with the Grade 4, you can click here if you want to read my more recent blog on how I used Edmodo for a historical fiction study.

WEEBLY 

Yeswhen setting up a class website, I’ve tried both Google Site and Weebly.  But guess what, although I am a huge of Google fan and a Google Certified Individual, I have to admit that I still prefer Weebly as a class site simply because of its easy to navigate design, drag and drop uploading, and…. it is glitch-free!  I’ve not only used Weebly in my classroom, but in my post-graduate program where I was required to showcase my work on a website.  Given I didn’t want to spend a lot of time setting up the different pages and layout, I simply chose a template and was finished setting up in less than 5 minutes.

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So when do I use Google site?   Google site is a powerful platform that integrates with Google apps seamlessly.  I use Google site for my personal teaching portfolio/resume, where I often have to link files and photos on Google Drive, and videos from YouTube.  Although the set-up took some time to figure out  (I had to Google search the instructions), once this was done, everything else was simple.

Here is my online resume on Google Site:

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Another powerful function of Google Sites is its collaborative feature, which makes it so easy for different people to simultaneously edit or work on a single platform.  Early last year, I suggested using Google Sites for the school’s sports homepage as a way to document, celebrate and share continuous achievements made by our student athletes. Coaches were given access to the site to upload training schedules and important announcements (cancellation, change of venues, etc), and selected students were invited to submit reflections via Google form on how their event/game went. It turned out to be a fantastic project that fostered great collaboration between school members, and feedback from parents were all resoundingly positive!  Without this collaborative feature, imagine how much work it would be if one person had to upload all this information, or if a password had to be shared with everybody who were involved in uploading content onto the sports homepage!

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One last thing to consider when using Google site is that the URL must begin with “sites.google.com/site/” which might be a hassle when sharing with younger students who might find it challenging to enter the URL.

MOODLE

As for Moodle, my suggestion is that if your school decides to implement it as a school-wide learning management system, USE IT and WORK WITH IT!  It is great for teachers to share course content and helpful for students to organise their course materials.  However, I do admit the layout and features are more appropriate for secondary students, but I’ve seen some schools’ customised Moodle platform to be very user-friendly for the little ones.

In conclusion, I believe multiple platforms could be used in a single classroom as long as you are clear on its limitations. There is no platform that is “one size fits all.” Each platform has a different utility and one needs to choose the most suitable platform to suit the most appropriate delivery of educational content.