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Another perk for summer holidays – the Ontario Educator Meetup was held in the afternoon instead of our regular evening meeting times. Yesterday afternoon, Jeff O’Hara (zemote) hosted the session and took the group that peeked at about 15 through the Edmodo website.
Edmodo is an online community specifically developed for education. Logins are either via a teacher or student portal and, once landed, you have access to all of the communities you have membership in. Teachers can create their own community and only subscribe those students to their class. Jeff was quick to point out that Edmodo only requires a minimum of information to create user accounts.
Once you’re in your community, you have access to many of the elements that you would expect in a read/write web environment. You’ve got your basic status updates and replies. However, Edmodo goes further than that, incorporating many of the elements that you would expect to see in an educational environment.
If many social networking resources are blocked at your school district, Edmodo looks to be really attractive with its safely guarded environment and total commitment to education. What was especially cool during the presentation were the testimonials given by a couple of educators who used the product last year – one from Ontario and the other from the United Kingdom. Their experiences were very positive.
Thanks to Jeff for sharing an hour of his time to give us a tour of this resource.
The presentation, as are all of the previous sessions are archived at the Ontario Educator Meetup website. You can follow updates on Twitter by looking for the hashtag #OntMeetup. Upcoming sessions are announced on the website and through this account.
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