There are so many apps to choose from, how does a district evaluate them and recommend the very best for student use.
12 Keys to Finding Quality Education Apps by Tanya Roscorla (Converge, May 14, 2012) offers suggested criteria for evaluating apps. And what better way to determine value than to use student testers before recommending an app to teachers and parents. :-)
How does the technology coordinator in your school district evaluate and recommend apps for use by the teachers and parents? Do you have a process/procedure? Please share here.
I love edmodo. It is a great tool that allows students to share all types of digital work (they have their own digital backpack). For teachers, you can share files and links, create polls or quizzes or assignments and since it is private- many of the social media concerns disappear. You can even grade online and the students can see the grade and your comments.
I would definitely get your own edmodo domain (free)- this way you get usage information as well as admin rights (this helps to reset password when students forget).
We've been using it in the district for grades 4-12.
Hello Barbara thanks for the feedback on how you use Edmodo. I am with Verizon's education team and we also use Edmodo, it is a great tool. What state are you from? Also we are creating a Facebook group page to allow instructional leaders to share how they use mobile devices in and out of the classroom. Would you be open to joining?