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Have you thought about using Mahara?
This is an e-portfolio system where students can store their artifacts and create views for different audiences. It has a "social" networking feel, and you can export it. Can also use as a resume...
Check it out...
There are lots of good ideas here (edmodo, schoology, etc). I have been dying to incorporate Moodle into my class for the past several years. The last school I was at consisted of lots of students who didn't have regular access to computers, so I never got around to it. Now, the school I am at does not pay for/host Moodle.
I'm interested in either finding a cheap/free way to host Moodle myself OR finding a comparison on Moodle, Edmodo, Schoology, etc. There are so many options and so much to learn that I feel like I can't even get started!
Well, I want my students to be able to communicate with each other about class. I'd like to incorporate online discussions. I like the idea of assigning them wiki-related projects and having them collaborate with each other. I like the idea of quizzes and assessments online as well, webquests, etc.
I don't know which platforms offer all these things.
I'd also like to hear from others about how they set up these platforms. Let's say you are a high school science teacher who teaches 3 sections of Biology and 2 sections of Anatomy. Do you set up groups for each period, or one big group for all of your biology students and one big group for anatomy? Trying to think of all the pros and cons of each...
I don't know what that means. Lol.
Although moodle is free, it does have to be downloaded and set up. Our school adopted it because it was free, but we did end up having to pay for a tech to configure it and set it up; we also pay that same person a couple of times a year to update/archive/add/etc. and general maintenance.
So in addition to server space, you also need either the technical skill to set it up or someone who can do that for you.
Good points...our school has a tech that does that for us, so the cost was fairly minimal to us as he is already on the payroll.
Moodle has a great community that answers questions to problems you may experience. As an admin for our Moodle site, I can pretty much find most of my answers through their forums (for free) and the developers of Moodle are willing to walk you through changes. In fact, they even helped us develop a code for an April Fool's Day joke...for free.
Hmm. I know that Moodle is free, but my school will not host it on whatever server. I know there are supposedly other sites that will let you host it, but they don't always seem to have the full functionality of Moodle. I'm willing to pay to host it myself, as long as it isn't too expensive, but I've hit a lot of brick walls with that too, as I've never had to host anything before.
Our technology department here basically refuses to have anything to do with it, so I am on my own.