With only 5 workdays before the first day of school, GCISD teachers and administrators are struggling with a big decision - Edmodo or Google Classroom?! I can’t make the decision for you but I can share some information that might help as you make this important decision. GCISD Instructional Technology will support Edmodo or Google Classroom. The choice is yours!
The most important factor to keep in mind as you make this decision is your students. You do not want any one student to have to manage 2 different learning management systems (LMS). For this reason, I would encourage you to make the decision as a campus or grade level team. While some of your students may have previous experience with Edmodo, Schoology, or another LMS, that should not be a factor in the decision you make for this year. Any experience you or your students have with managing or utilizing one LMS will transfer to Google Classroom or Edmodo.
If you are comfortable with Edmodo and it is working for you, there is no reason to change at this time. Several campuses have invested valuable time and energy training teachers, students, and parents. If you already have a system that works for your classroom, there is no reason to change! Edmodo has 2 major features that Google Classroom does not have at this time - parent access and quizzes.
If you are comfortable using Google Drive then Google Classroom will be a natural next step for you. It is simple, straight forward, and integrates seamlessly with Google Drive. If your campus does not have a campus-wide learning management system this would be great place to start. As you and your students grow in your knowledge of Google Drive, Google Classroom will allow blended learning to occur by extending your interaction with students beyond the walls of your classroom.
Google Classroom is new so they will be continuously adding features throughout the year. Create a class and give your students a code. They will log in with their GCISD Google accounts and begin participating in your class. You can post an announcement or an assignment. Assignments can be uploaded from your computer, Google Drive, Youtube, or any hyperlink. If you choose to attach a file from Google Drive to your assignment, you will have a choice of how to distribute it to students:
Whether you choose Edmodo or Google Classroom, GCISD Instructional Technology will support you!
If you are a blog subscriber from outside GCISD, your district must be a Google Apps for Education district and must have the Google Classroom feature turned on at the admin level in order to use it.