…Teachers have the most boring battles, it would seem. This saddens me.
But! On to the topic at hand. Edmodo and Schoology are both social media-based sites where teachers can connect and communicate with their students. The sites are designed to let teachers give out assignments and feedback, deliver grades, keep track of attendance – all that good stuff. In class, Ashley Parker and I got together to compare/contrast the two sites. Now – everyone seems to prefer Schoology, but I found that I actually liked Edmodo better.
Both sites were free, and allowed teachers to give/students to view their grades. On both sites, teachers and students could add resources to a library (from their own computers or from the internet), and both sites had simple, Facebook-like designs that just about anyone could navigate with a minimum of difficulty. Teachers could send out assignments from both sites, and could send messages to specific students or a group of students on both sites. However, I found that Edmodo had a few features that Schoology did not.
- Edmodo allows teachers to create tests and quizzes right on the site.
- The Edmodo help section was organized much better – it included categories and common questions, whereas the Schoology help section required us to use a search box to find a specific topic.
- Edmodo also provided a code for parents, so that parents could go online and look at how their child(ren) were doing, and so that teachers could contact them directly if necessary.
- On Schoology, grades had to be accessed from the home page, but on Edmodo, the link to a student’s grades could be accessed from any page on the site.
- Schoology allowed students to create a profile of interests and activities they enjoyed, like a Facebook profile, but Edmodo took it a step further. They allowed students to create a profile on how they personally prefered to be taught, which I think is much more relevant and useful on a school site. (This was my favourite feature.)
There were really only two things that I felt Schoology did better than Edmodo.
- Schoology allowed students to view their attendance records along with their grades.
- It was easier to delete my account on Schoology than on Edmodo. For Schoology, I had to click a link; for Edmodo, I had to send an e-mail to tech support asking them to delete my account.
All in all, I found Edmodo provided a more complete service, and was quicker and easier to sign up for and use. However, again, they were both designed in such a way that I think students would find them easy and appealing to use, insofar as education is ever appealing to most students. Neither of them should be particularly difficult for parents, either, because even a lot of parents have Facebook pages, and these sites are likely quite a bit simpler than Facebook.
I could see myself using one of these sites in my own classroom. The tools available on both sites would make at least a few of my jobs much simpler, and I do so hate to have my time wasted. And that’s about all I have to say about these two sites, so…
…I was right. That wasn’t really an exciting battle at all.