The social networking tool that we used last year was Ning. Ning, however, is now a fee-based tool and no longer fits our "free" requirements. The tool we can try this year is Edmodo, which has gotten a lot of buzz in the world of educational technology.
According to its website, "Edmodo is a free and secure social learning network for teachers, students and schools. Edmodo provides classrooms a safe and easy way to connect and collaborate, offering a real-time platform to exchange ideas, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices."
Here is a video that explains a little bit more:
I have created an Edmodo group called 17 Things 'Lite'. Once you have created a Teacher account and have signed in for the first time, look over on the left side of the screen for "Groups". Click "Join", then type in the 17 Things group code, which is xmi199. You should now be able to see the poll and the (fake) assignment I've shared, plus the announcements I've made. You should type a note to say "hello" and in the box that says "Send", type in '17 Things Lite.' This is how you can submit assignments, share links, etc.
To complete Edmodo Thing 6:
- Watch the Edmodo video
- Register for an Edmodo account
- Join the 17 Things 'Lite' group
- Write a note, post a document, or share a link with the group
- Post about your experience. Did you find it easy? Would you use this with students?