Online classroom management and e-Learning tools have been around for several years. These tools have become more popular and accessible in K-12 classrooms due to BYOD and 1-to-1 programs being implemented in schools across the country. Take a look at these online programs if your school doesn’t currently provide an easy way to connect and communicate with your students. All of these programs are currently free and provide a rich set of collaborative tools for your classroom.
Edmodo – http://www.edmodo.com
Edmodo has been around since 2008 and has continued to evolve and change with the needs of teachers and learners. The online learning platform has enabled over 15,000,000 learners to connect within their school walls and globally. Schools or individual teachers can sign up for free access to Edmodo.
Edmodo features list (partial):
- Classroom calendar
- Google Docs integration
- Assignments and homework submission
- Quizzes, Gradebook
- Post moderation
- Student & teacher file storage
In addition to the many features Edmodo has to offer, they also have a mobile version of the website in addition to an iPhone and Android app.
Common Sense Media and Edmodo have released a Digital Citizenship Starter Kit that aligns with Common Sense Media’s Digital Citizenship curriculum. This collaboration is a great benefit to using Edmodo as your e-learning platform.
Collaborize Classroom – http://www.collaborizeclassroom.com
SimpleK12, a wonderful community and resource for K-12 teachers, has developed and released the Collaborize Classroom platform for teachers.
Collaborize Classroom Features List (partial):
- Classroom discussions (forums, voting)
- Participation reports
- Topic library for resource sharing with other teachers
In addition to these features, a free or pro (.99) app is available on the iTunes store for iPad and iPhone.
EDU 2.0 – http://www.edu20.org
EDU 2.0 is an e-learning platform designed for entire schools. Unlike the other tools shared, EDU 2.0 encourages schools to register instead of individual teachers. If you are a school or district administrator take a look at this tool as an alternative to Moodle or more costly solutions.
EDU 2.0 Free Plan Features List (partial):
- Unlimited teacher accounts
- Up to 2000 student accounts
- Customizable portal
- Classes, lessons, resources
- Five types of assignments
- Quizzes and question banks
- Collaboration tools
- Parent accounts
- Unlimited storage
ClassDojo – http://www.classdojo.com
ClassDojo is a behavior management tool instead of an e-learning platform. Check out ClassDojo if you are looking for a fun and engaging way to monitor, track and improve student behavior. This tool features a mobile friendly version.
ClassDojo is a classroom tool that helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators.
Do you have any other e-learning platforms or classroom management tools to share? Please let us know in the comments!