Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Google Classroom vs Edmodo



In my opinion, Edmodo and Google Classroom are both considered to be a virtual classroom, they both serve the same purpose. They assist teachers with their classroom workflow and assist with managing classroom assignments.

Both applications will allow teachers to post assignments and announcements, however, since Edmodo has been out for a longer time, it has more features that is not included in Google Classroom.

One of the biggest advantages Edmodo has is it allows teachers to have a co-teacher account.  For example, if there are two teachers teaching together in one classroom, Edmodo allows you to share that group with both teachers.  In addition, it also allows you to create quizzes directly in the group, access a class calendar, and install apps from the Edmodo store.  Another advantage Edmodo has is Snapshot. Snapshot is aligned with the math and language arts common core standards and it allows teachers to create assessments for these subjects in grades 3-12.  Google Classroom, unfortunately does not have these features at this time, but I think Google will improve the Classroom application and have these or similar features eventually.

However, if you are using Google Apps for Education in your school district, I would highly recommend using Google Classroom. It is much easier to hand out and manage assignments using the Classroom interface.  Classroom gives the teacher the option to allow students to view, edit, or make a copy of the document for each student.  If the teacher hands out an assignment and selects, 'make a copy for each student', it will put a copy of the document in each student's classroom folder in their Google Drive.  If the teacher selects, view or edit, it will keep one copy of the document and will allow the class to share the document.  Although, Edmodo allows you to integrate your Google Drive, I don't think it handles assignments that way.

Furthermore, Google Classroom automatically creates classroom folders for both the students and the teacher in their Google Drive.  There is no need to use gClassFolders to manage student rosters and folders. Once the student joins the group, Classroom automatically handles this task for the teacher.  Edmodo does not interact with student folders.

Another feature Google Classroom has is it allows the teacher and students to email each other.  Note, they are only allowed to email within their group.  This can be a great feature for communication and feedback on assignments or if a student is absent.

Again, if your school district is using Google Apps for Education, all of the apps integrate well with Classroom.  In my opinion, it just makes sense to use it!

In conclusion, I am introducing Google Classroom to many teachers in my school and some are embracing it, while others still prefer to use Edmodo, and that is okay.  I certainly do not want to force an application on teachers when they do not want to use it.  However, I feel it is up to the teacher to determine which application works best in their classroom.  I think they are both great tools and definitely should be utilized.

 

17 comments:

  1. You mentioned quizzes with Edmodo. You can do quizzes with classroom by using a form. You can then auto grade the quiz using an add on called Flubaroo.

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    1. Yes, you can create a quiz using Google Forms and grade it with a script called Flubaroo. Then you can distribute the quiz in Google Classroom. However, the quizzes with Edmodo are "built" into the interface or the Edmodo dashboard.

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    2. Aside from autograding, what are the benefits of giving digital quizzes? How do you prevent students from simply opening a new tab and googling the answers?

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    3. Hello Michael, Yes, you are correct. Students can open a new tab on a computerized quiz and look up the answers and unfortunately, there is not a way to prevent this while students are taking a quiz using Google Forms. You would have to monitor student activity and have classroom management, expectations of the students.

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    4. Good morning. Great article.

      I have found that timing the quiz is a great deterrent (to cheating) and use of the quizzes as an exit ticket works as an alternative to that issue.

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    5. Good morning. Great article.

      I have found that timing the quiz is a great deterrent (to cheating) and use of the quizzes as an exit ticket works as an alternative to that issue.

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  2. Are there any advantages to using both? I have recently used Google Classroom but district has not enabled Google Apps e-mails so I am wondering if Edmodo is a good place to supplement information or if having both would be redundant and add unnecessary complexity for parents and students. (Have never used Edmodo - currently gathering info.) Thanks!

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    1. Hello, thank you for your response. I would recommend only using one of the tools. Google Classroom has to be enabled on your GAFE domain. If that app or gmail is not enabled, I would use Edmodo. It is comparable to Google Classroom. Right now, it has a few more features than Classroom does, but Google is continuously updating Classroom for improvements. I hope this is helpful.

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  3. Kimberly- Do you know if there is a way to link the classes so if I assign something in one period, it posts to all the periods? I'm new to this, but I generally have the same assignment in all of my classes, but I have set up each period as a separate class. I'm hoping there is a way to save me from having to repost the same assignment to each class individually.
    Thanks!

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    1. Hello Tanya, in Google Classroom you can post one assignment to multiple classes, by clicking on the down arrow next to the link icon. I hope this helps!

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  4. Hi Kimberly, Thanks for this article. I use Edmodo, but may migrate to Google Classroom if my school becomes a Google school. One question though... In Google Classroom, is there the concept of a virtual class wall where students can discuss topics together?
    Thanks, Kathy

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    1. Thank you for your comment. You can use Google docs or Padlet as a web base tool to collaborate on for a virtual class wall. Google Classroom is similar to Edmodo where you can post assignments,questions, or announcements to the stream page and students can respond accordingly. I hope this helps.

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  5. Hi Kimberly, Thanks for this article..
    How about iTunes U..
    have you try it ?

    Thanks

    Aldy

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  6. Hello Kimberly,
    Your article was an added value, I just want to ask about cK12 application with edmodo and google classroom. It seems that I can assign ck12 materials through edmodo but I can only share ck12 materials to google classroom. Sharing isn't the same as assigning with the due dates, etc. Now my school uses google classroom should I recommend edmodo? or is there a way I can assign ck12 to google classroom? Any recommendations will be appreciated. Thanks.

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  7. Hello Kimberly,
    Your article was an added value, I just want to ask about cK12 application with edmodo and google classroom. It seems that I can assign ck12 materials through edmodo but I can only share ck12 materials to google classroom. Sharing isn't the same as assigning with the due dates, etc. Now my school uses google classroom should I recommend edmodo? or is there a way I can assign ck12 to google classroom? Any recommendations will be appreciated. Thanks.

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  8. Google Classroom now allows adding what appears to be unlimited co-teachers (we just did it with over 10 teachers)

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