As I stated in yesterday’s post (“In Praise of Diigo”) I am fortunate in being a follower of the group “Van Meter” in Diigo. I get regular brilliant links to exciting sites that widen and widen my awareness of the growing digital world and the possibility of applications to children’s learning.
Yesterday I received my gmail update from the group and discovered 8 items. Looking up and down the list two things caught my eye. The first was an item called “Microblogging: making the case for social networking in education” it is from a really good blog called “Box of Tricks” http://www.boxoftricks.net/?p=1727 This was an impressive posting from an astute teacher who is looking for ways to increase learning for his students. I was so impressed with the article that I left a comment and am now following the blog. (This is the joy of blogging where we all feel ourselves to be part of a community and are always impressed by new finds when we discover or are given a link to someone’s interesting or exciting site).
In the posting, José Picardo, the blogger, wrote about introducing a new program to encourage his students to write and communicate. This “microblogging” program is called “Edmodo” www.edmodo.com The advantage of this program is that it creates a format that is very similar to “Facebook” which the students are very familiar with and therefore attempts to bring a private, secure classroom based communications process into the classroom using a format that students are happy to use.
When I say happy I really mean this because another link in the Van Meter Diigo update was to an ABC Chicago report on their News Programme. The link is http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/special_segments&id=7267977
This was a brilliant report which mentioned Edmodo and how it is being used in classrooms as well as showing the potential for technology to help students learn. Take a look at it.. it is well worthwhile.
I have been onto Edmodo to see what it looks like. It is free to use and I would think would be something that schools everywhere could benefit by. I am just sorry that it seems to be applicable at the moment to schools in the United States only… here in the U.K. where I live we have a large number of schools that could make very good use of it.