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  • 1. SPREAD THE WORD Using Social Media to Extend Classroom CommunicationWIRED FOR SUCCESS CONFERENCE 2011 PRESENTED BY CHRIS TAYLOR
  • 2. WHAT WE’LL LOOK AT IN 20 MINUTES ๏ Edmodo ๏ Backchannellin www.edmodo.com g www.todaysmeet.com ๏ Twitter on your class webpage www.twitter.com
  • 3. WHAT IS EDMODO?• Free social learning network• Safe and teacher/student/ parent-friendly• Real-timeexchange of ideas and content, assignment submission, grade book and communication tool• Accessible online and by mobile device
  • 4. WHAT DOES EDMODO DO?• Post and collect assignments• Distribute grades and descriptive feedback to individual students• Postonline content for discussion• Create small groups• Allows you to expand your professional community
  • 5. INTEGRATING EDMODO• Embeddable content includes: • Glogster • Slideshare • YouTube & SchoolTube • Wallwisher • GoogleDocs • Animoto • Prezi • MP3 Audio
  • 6. LET’S TAKE A LOOK INSIDE...
  • 7. EDMODO VS. GOOGLESITES VS. MOODLEWHY I PREFER EDMODO ...• Easeof use, setup and • Library of resources maintenance • Tracking and grading• Logindoesn’t require and assignments email address • Read-only option• Facebook-like appearance and functionality is familiar to • Nostudent-to-student students messaging• Easy to share content • Professional community
  • 8. EDMODO VS. GOOGLESITES VS. MOODLE WHY I PREFER EDMODO ... THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT! Android iPhone/iPod Touch
  • 9. EDMODO VS. GOOGLESITES VS. MOODLE WHY YOU MIGHT PICK THE OTHER GUY ...• Google Sites and Moodle • Easierto setup and control a are supported by the board variety of different sections, categories or pages• True document sharing and collaboration isn’t available in • Edmodo is limited to a feed- Edmodo style display• More customization/ branding
  • 10. WHAT IS BACKCHANNELING?• In short, it’s a strategy for engaging your students in a real-time online discussion.
  • 11. WHAT IS TODAYSMEET.COM?• Freebackchanneling website that creates a Twitter-style chat room• Created in seconds• No sign-up required• Real-time• Self-destructing
  • 12. LET’S TAKE A LOOK INSIDE...
  • 13. ALTERNATIVES TO TODAYSMEET๏ Edmodo ๏ Chatzy www.edmodo.com www.chatzy.com• Benefits have already been • More like a chat room, presented proper setup will create a secure environment
  • 14. USING TWITTER AS A COMMUNICATION TOOLUsing Twitter means quick andefficient communication from mycell phone, and no need to accessthe school web site.
  • 15. UPDATE TWITTER VIASMARTPHONE APP OR TEXT
  • 16. WHAT DO YOU NEED?• Administrator access to setup a “Module” or simply put it right on your teacher page using embeddable code• If using a Module in Joomla: • JTweet (free from joomlabamboo.com) • JB Library plugin (also free from joomlabamboo.com)
  • 17. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?• Homework and announcements posted in 140-characters• Parents(and students) can follow for immediate updates• Use the tools you’re already using: class webpage and a cellphone•A significant timesaver
  • 18. CHRIS TAYLOR Robert Munsch P.S.taylor_christopher@durham.edu.on.caAccess this presentation on SlideShare:spreadtheword.taylorclass.ca Join the Edmodo group: W4S2011 Group Code: huw55x