Origianl language: Hungarian
Registration: Teachers can register on the site simply by providing an email address, password, and name. The website has several features available in Hungarian; however, some are displayed in English only.
Click here to access the website: https://new.edmodo.com/home
There are various ways for students to join, these two being the simplest in my opinion:
- entering the course code upon registration (to access this function teachers should open the “Add students” menu and select the “Further ways to add” option to send the code to those concerned)
- once a student has registered on the site, the teacher can provide their name and email address and add them to the group right away
By downloading the app, students can easily access the class and their assignments from their phone.
Sharing materials: multiple file types can be attached (pdf, doc, jpg, xls…etc.) and drives can also be shared. Materials related to different topics can be grouped into separate folders.
Interactivity and contact: polls are easy to start and can be scheduled. Note the “Health check” function where students can use emojis to express how they feel. Everyone can see what has been uploaded and respond and a separate function for sending messages is also available.
Ways to assess students/other tools: [Classes, Posts tab] you can create assignments to be submitted with a deadline and the option of locking. Teachers can also generate tests here. Assignment types: short answers, true or false, multiple possibilities, fill in the blanks, matching, multiple choice. You can attach resources and links to each assignment. Scoring and the level of difficulty for students can be adjusted by creating a question bank. You can also set a dedaline, mix questions and randomise their order. The personal Planner helps students meet the deadline; they can place the assignments given by the teacher here with a deadline they set themselves.
Progress and evaluation: marks or scores earned by the students for each assignment can be entered in a clear manner naming the assignment in question. However, this is not the only way to give feedback to students: for example, hard-working students or students asking good questions can earn badges (you can create your own categories depending on what you assess).
Note: You can do much more than just create a classroom – by selecting their fields of interest, teachers find themselves in a news feed similar to what you experience in various social media. Only content with a hashtag corresponding to the fields of interest designated by the teacher will appear on the site.
It works very similarly to the previously introduced interface, but there are some differences worth noting.
Registration: you require a Gmail account in order to select the Google Classroom option in Google Apps to create a group. I recommend watching the following video to guide you through the process of creating a classroom.
In order to make a classroom available in Google, you only need to give it a name to have a new community space created. Students can join easily by using the code in the header. Students can enter the code in Google Apps, Google Classroom [Join a class] to become members of the class.
Sharing materials: you can embed files (of all sorts of extensions), Google Drive files, YouTube videos and links in the posts on the News feed [Wall]. Only teachers have this option, students may only ask questions and comment. You can create documents, tables, Power Point files, forms or drawings under the “Classwork” tab.
Interactivity and contact: Classroom also has a homepage (News feed) where teachers can post immediately or schedule posts for later. Everyone has the name assigned to their Gmail account displayed. Compared to Edmodo, students have fewer options to give feedback (no possibility to like or attach files/images to the News feed). Only teachers can use the “People” tab to send messages, so that students cannot use this interface to write to each other, they can interact only on the News feed. It should be noted that teachers can share tests and posts in a way that only certain students can see them.
Ways to assess students/other tools: with the help of Google Form, you can compile tests. All kinds of assignments are available ranging from essay questions to multiple choice questions and you can set the scores and the deadline of completion. For students, obligations are not placed in Planner, but are immediately added to Google Calendar. Students can ask questions about the test or, if they complete it before the deadline, they can start it over by modifying the test they have already submitted. Teachers can see the submitted papers and the answers by student in Google Drive. Besides test papers, teachers can encourage students to ask simple questions or to do assignments related to the materials and then evaluate their work.
Progress and evaluation: only teachers can access the “Grades” tab and, under the “People” tab, see a summary of who have delivered their work and what results they got. The evaluation scale is also set by the teacher. Students can only see their own results but not that of others.
Registration: important! If teachers register with their school email address, they get 1TB of online storage for free and can use the online versions of Office 365. You decide whether you wish to download the application or run it directly in your browser. Naturally, the free version has certain limitations, such as a team can have a maximum of 300 users, or the size of an attachment may not exceed 2GB. You can enable notifications so that they appear on the screen right away even when the programme is not running. (The settings are very detailed.)
You can create teams easily by clicking in the bottom left corner [Join or create team], or you can add students using their email address, or you may circulate a link.
For a guide for teachers, click here.
Interactivity and contact: the “Posts” tab enables continuous text communication at group level similarly to other social media, but perhaps on an even broader scale. Students can have extra fun with the wide array of gifs, emojis, stickers, etc. available. You may also start a videoconference with the members of the team by launching a meeting. People who are registered to the team can also send one-to-one messages [Chat] or start a group chat. You can also make private phone calls or start a video chat using the “Calls” function. You can also see your call history or use voicemail.
It is important to note that you can create a channel for each subject within the same team. This way there is no need for students to register to different pages for each subject; teachers can manage the interface together and post information by subject.
Sharing materials: the “Posts” tab allows you to attach files and use a wide variety of Microsoft applications that you can edit together with team members (unfortunately, I could not test this feature, since I did not register as a teacher). As regards planning, you can add the calendar function freely to the team and create shared schedules and collective work is supported by several other apps too.
Progress and evaluation: In addition to customised messages, the programme also enables the distribution of badges. Thus you can further motivate students after they receive good results.