At the start of the school year, Mr. Walters created an online community for the third graders using Edmodo. The Edmodo platform is a Web 2.0 tool that allows teacher and students to communicate and collaborate online, share content, access homework and assignments and participate in online discussions in a safe environment. Mr. Walters frequently posts writing prompts to his students in Edmodo, offering opportunities for students to further develop their literacy skills while also providing them with authentic writing experiences. Today in the AT&T Classroom, the students logged into their Edmodo accounts to reply to questions about a story passage posted by Mr. Walters and the Global Read Aloud partner class in Oregon.
Students were also introduced today to Educreations, a free app that allows the iPad to record the student’s voice and his/her writing and drawing which can be saved for playback and/or shared online. Educreations can be used to create stories, animations, presentations, etc., and you are able to insert images by drawing or inserting a photo taken from the Internet or captured with your iPad camera. Educreations is available for iOS and Android devices as well as any tablet or PC with a web browser.