Sunday, March 16, 2014

Blog Post 8

This week we were assigned to research other 21st century learning and communication tools that we could use for our future classrooms. At first I wasn't sure which to pick from because there are so many options out there. But after awhile of searching I found a few that could be very useful.

The first tool I would like to talk to you about is Edmodo. Edmodo is a social networking tool that teachers can set up with their students, administrators,parents, and publishers. When I first looked at Edmodo, it reminded me of a lot like Facebook. The teacher can post assignments and the students can submit them online. It also records all the students work and their progress, the teacher can easily go and access it. Edmodo also personalizes the apps to the students preferences and helps the teacher amplify their lessons.

The next tool I found interesting was iEARN(International Educational and Resource Network). iEARN is a non-profit organization that connects students all around the world. It provides a safe environment where people can communicate each others ideas and thoughts and gain knowledge in service-learning projects. Students can work with other students on projects and interact with each other using iEARN. One example they used was planting daffodils on the same day in four different countries such as the United States, Taiwan, Israel, and Iraq. They kept track of the growth and recorded it, learning all about the climate and how it can effect the growth of the plant in different parts of the world.

Lastly, I found . Diigo provides a safe environment for students to do research and save their work. Diigo has many of functions you can use while researching, you can add sticky notes, digitally highlight important information and organize it into folders. Instead of bookmarking your web pages you found, you can now save them into Diigo and access them from your smartphone, tablet, or any other device. It also saves all your highlighted and sticky notes you put on your sources. You can also collaborate in groups with whoever you would like, with your own personalized library it makes sharing your information with your friends a lot easier.


  1. You found some great communication tools that will be resourceful and beneficial for you as a teacher.

  2. I think these tools would be very good to use when teaching. I think that Edmodo would be useful so you can track your students work and progress, so if they get behind then you would know. iEARN is helpful so that the students can communicate about their ideas and thoughts. They could compare or get other ideas that they might not have thought of. I also found Diigo to be very helpful for me and for students. The sticky notes and organizing important information into folders I think would also be useful. The information would be a lot more organized, rather than putting bookmarks all over your computer.