You know I LOVE Edmodo. However, there are actually a few aspects I don’t really like. For example, when my students are taking part in a “discussion board,” I want them to respond directly to another students’ post. On Edmodo, students can’t do this. They can, however, respond to another student within the discussion thread, but must begin their point with “I agree with Student A,” or “Student A believes…while I believe…” This works, but it’s messy and disorganized. I think responding directly to another student is EXTREMELY beneficial and could stimulate even more discussion.
Enter Google Moderator!
With the use of Chromebooks next year in my building, I am looking to use as many Google Apps and products as I can…because it will be easily accessible. Students will only need one username and password to access their course. We ALL know that makes life easier, for everyone!
Here are some basics about Google Moderator:
- Go to https://www.google.com/moderator/
- On the right of the screen, you’ll see an area to create your “signature”
- For nickname, I entered what my students call me…Mrs. Petty
- Here, you can name your “series”
- a description of your series
- visibility on the web (do you want this to be a public board or private)
- what type of series this will be
- will individuals be submitting questions, suggestions, or ideas?
- will the focus of this series be an event, topic, or meeting?
- holding posts for moderation
- and more!
- Responses are made DIRECTLY, which is awesome
- Discussion Boards
- I can assign an article or primary source to my students via their gClass folder (more about this script coming soon!)
- I can then create a question in a Google Moderator series
- Students can reply to my question (relying on textual references of course!) in the Moderator series
- They can reply DIRECTLY to one another!
- While students are watching a documentary or a video in class, they can post comments or questions on the series created specifically for that purpose!
- So much more!