This week Paula, Kelsie, and I created a Google Doc together and worked alongside one another to learn how to use the sites, as well as to critique and analyze the positives and negatives the Learning Management Systems of Edmodo and Schoology. We had a lot of fun (me as a Grade 1 teacher), Kelsie (as a student), and Paula (as a parent).
I think that we came to the overall conclusion that we prefer Schoology to Edmodo. From a teacher’s perspective, I found Schoology was a lot more user-friendly and invited more interaction between teachers, parents, and students. I really enjoyed the submission, marking, and feedback tools on both sites. We created events, assignments, and discussion posts.You can find our entire list of likes and dislikes on this Google doc.
I think that parents and students would easily be maneuver through these sites because of their similarities to Facebook. However, I certainly think it would be difficult to do much “teaching” on them. I see myself using these tools more just for computer-based assignment submissions, and correspondence with parents than anything else. Although I suppose documents, videos, etc, can be posted to allow for that teaching aspect, I think that these sites are more designed to be communication devices.