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Twitter Me This, Edmodo Me That May 29, 2009

Posted by timsparacino in Blogging, Technology Integration.
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You would have to be living in a cave to have not noticed all of the publicity that Twitter has been getting lately.  I won’t use this space to further promote their cause other than to say that I use Twitter as one component of my professional learning network.

I subscribe to others that “tweet” about educational technology and regularly discover resources there that I might have otherwise missed.

For that purpose, Twitter works very well for me.  However, is Twitter the best microblogging tool for classroom use?  Maybe, maybe not.

To answer that question, this blast-from-the-past post takes us back to the resources that I accumulated during the week of September 29-October 4, 2008 that included a link to Edmodo.

Christopher Dawson’s blog post states that, If a teahcer had designed Twitter, it would look like Edmodo.

Christopher outlines the advantages that he perceives Edmodo has over Twitter including:

  • The ability to create groups
  • Assignments with the ability to attach files
  • Students can complete the assignments simply by replying or uploading their own file
  • Teachers can provide immediate feedback and/or scoring
  • Built-in calendar where students can view assignments that are due and/or those that have been graded

In another post, Christopher outlines other uses for Edmodo including using it as a communication tool for school clubs/teams, professional development, project management, and parental involvement activities.

If you’re a teacher looking for a way to help facilitate communication in your class, or an administrator looking to improve communication with your faculty, parents, and community, check out the other Edmodo resources and links that I have collected on Diigo or Delicious.

I also have several links dealing with microblogging (Diigo link, Delicious link) in general.  Happy hunting!

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