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Thursday, August 13 • 3:45pm - 4:35pm
Safe Social Media: Edmodo and Google Classroom to Engage and Connect your Students

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In our modern world, social media connects us to a world of instant information, as well as to each other. Teachers are the gatekeepers to the world of technology, we hold the key to ensuring our students are prepared to take part in the digital world. It is our job to ensure, however, that we teach them how to be safe; from obtaining authentic information to protecting themselves and their identities. One of the best ways to do this is to have them experience interacting with their peers and others in a safe space online. Two such useful platforms, Edmodo and Google Classroom are both used by our school for different and similar uses. Both are free, however, while Edmodo is open to everyone, Google Classroom is only available currently to teachers’ whose schools are approved for and use Google Apps for Education. Both have free mobile apps that can interact with them, and both can be monitored and moderated to maintain a safe environment. Edmodo has a true social media feel, looks a bit like Facebook, and can run your entire classroom - from assignments and quizzes to class discussions. Google Classroom is most useful to those whose classes have Google Drive embedded within them. Assignments, forms, surveys, quizzes, presentations, projects.. all can be completed and turned into the teacher through the Google Classroom. Our school uses Edmodo for international exchange interactions as well as to manage certain classes. Google Classroom is used within all classes that use Google Drive. Results show that students have increased understanding of computer use, and quickly learn effective research strategies as well as copyright restrictions, and more, making them better digital citizens.

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Erin Noxon

Ed Tech Specialist, Sagano High School
Erin Noxon is a Google Certified Teacher and currently teaches English and Science at Sagano High School, a Super Global and Super Science High School in Kyoto, Japan. Originally from Florida in the USA, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science as well as... Read More →

Thursday August 13, 2015 3:45pm - 4:35pm EDT
William James 105 33 Kirkland St Cambridge, MA