My favourite platform for connecting with my classes is Edmodo, which is user-friendly for both learners and teachers. Learners like the similarities with Facebook, how a teacher can help create their class library as well as keeping track of their continuous assessment grades.
With Edmodo, you can even incorporate games and polls, and a teacher can keep all their links and documents ready to share at a click.
What I particularly like with platforms such as Edmodo, is that neither learner nor teacher is dependent on the instution's VLE and can have access to their work at any time, from any place. And, when you first begin, all you need to do is create a group and then give the group code to learners or colleagues, who sign up on their own and join that group with the given code. Simple and clearly saves everyone time.
19 Pencils is another LMS platform worth looking into. With 19 Pencils you can manage and share content with students, collect websites, share quizzes and track students' progress.
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Another choice to connect to the classroom is Bloust. Bloust is a social network which allows teachers, students and parents to connect. It helps lesson planning, helps teachers to work together and also manages assignments and grade distribution.
You need to sign up and create a profile, and then invite learners to your network.
Desmos is yet another interesting platform to look into. Desmos is an interactive whiteboard which uses drag and drop facilities, and which you can then share with students.
Danny Nicholson, who has a great blog -
The Whiteboard Blog - and shares tips and advice for Interactive Whiteboards, Promethean and SMARTboards, as well as a list of interactive whiteboard essentials.
Do prefer your institution's VLE or setting up your own social network for your classes?