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It's time for authentic collaboration and social networking in your own online classroom space. Want to send assignments to the students and collect their work digitally? Want to enter your feedback and have it stored in their portfolio of work? Want to set up online collaboration groups and then let them share their work with the class? Want to send out private, secure, online alerts and hold virtual discussions either initiated by you or by your students looking for help? Check out this
one-and-a-half minute video
to find out more, and when you are "sold" check out an awesome 5-minute "commercial" with tons of ideas
. Edmodo's user's guide
and teacher-specific help
. Edmodo can also be part of your PLN as well as serve as your personal tech support desk. Check out their "communities" and join as many as you like that match your interests
(i.e.: there's a Glogster community)
NOTE: please use the EDMODO link
to enter UD's edmodo portal versus their general site, and before you sign up for a teacher account, please contact me for your school's code. Existing Edmodo users, please contact
for directions on how to migrate your account to our district's portal.
Just like Google
(and you can use your Google login)
, their specialty is
doing it all
. Check out how you can use their
feature (and a video
). If you aren't yet ready for Edmodo, but want your students to be able to upload their electronic assignments and homework directly to your cloud, try Zoho's
Looking for an
option? Your search is over. Here's an
of a binder chock-full of technology tools...what will you and your students put in yours?
Make your own comic...so easy to use! No account setup or login necessary. Can you imagine what your students can do with a tool that can let them do
? Check out their demo
. Need help with classroom application ideas, check
Check out my one-page resource list
for all things audio! For simple Podcasting, audio blogging or adding your voice to your wiki, try out
(max 5 minutes)
. Thirsting for something little fancier? Try
with recording and sound editing features (see an Audacity glog
). There's also
with a fun text-to-speech feature. Interested in audio
instead of audio
Check out this
with how-to directions on the site. General podcasting tutorial
WORDPRESS, EDUBLOGS, BLOGGER, KIDBLOG, PENZU or PENCAMP
Ready to start your own blog or have your students blog (check out this
to see)? Try
and you guessed it, Google has one called
. Can you imagine the potential in
"create a blog"
as an assignment option? If you have them blog, it's probably not a bad idea to think about the idea of permission slips like
one. For those at the elementary level, try
(Pencamp is not a blog platform, but it's a quick, basic, text-only, webpage the students or you can create with no account required)
is also another simple to use online "journal."
What would it look like if you could read their minds during class? Check out this
to see. For the
day that students will have permission/access to their cell phones in your classroom, there is
Until then, there's always
(audience sees results live upon voting)
quizzes and surveys
(audience doesn't see results)
you can embed in your other digital tools. Their support page is
(you only get 200 entries/month for free, after that you'll need a better plan)
. Fewer question options, but more poll responses with
"Ask 500 People."
(this could also solve some of those disagreements you and your spouse were having: "well, honey, 500 people across the globe agree with
right..." then again, that's probably a real bad idea!)
. However, within 4 minutes after posting the question, "Should I use ask500people in my classroom," I had 13 responses and one comment. Curious where that
is now? Oh, and if you are already using Edmodo, there's a built-in poll feature there as well (with all the "perks" of privacy and teacher control)! Oh, and another poll choice
Care for some other "gourmet dishes?" One day, these will make it to the menu:
TODAY'S MEET & TWITTER (and other "texting" options)
Simple, live Twitter-like
in your classroom. Watch the
to see for yourself what you might want to use this tool for. Some are even using
itself in the classroom and have
in which to use it! Don't believe me?
is doing it, check out the CNN
here! If you want an easy one-way texting option to send messages to your students, try "
" or "
Another dish to be filed under the category of "one day."
in the classroom or even a simple, free, no-download, and quick videoconferencing with
Use your mobile phone to scan this code below (to make your own, use
easy site to create an embed string, or this easy
to save/download the actual code image in a variety of formats). What will you do with this technology? This is what
are doing now. Need a QR reader for your mobile device? Try
, all you have to do is aim!
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