POSSIBLE MODEL FOR COMPARISON ACROSS TOOLS Tool Type; names of your sites Target audience/age for the site Overall look of the site; ease of navigation; clarity of instructions; Examples by other users included? Help/support resources available? TOOL #1 Edmodo Students, Teacher and Parents TOOL #2 Learn Boost Teacher, Students/Parents (access grades, attendance, calendar) Links found around the Large font perimeter of the page. Very few buttons Not too many links; not Color-coded overwhelming. Intuitive Color-coded. Easy to navigate with Similar to facebook labeled icons/directions format. Short explanation of each icon when you register no no Yes There is a help center There is a link. with questions Resources for categorized by website schools/districts features (grading, Support community (type attendance, lesson and submit questions for 12 plans, calendar, support teachers that reporting). There are specialize in different also questions for areas) parent/student access, Mini-lessons (teachers security, translations, upload different ideas for technical questions). using Edmodo) There are also general Webinars (introduction to questions and Edmodo, webinars, ways to troubleshooting options. TOOL#3 Class Dojo Students, Teachers, Parents There is an option to take a tour of the site when you first register. Fun avatar characters for each student. Easy feature to e-mail report cards to parents with two clicks. no Feature for users to vote on new features/ideas for the website Users can type in and share their ideas/recommendations for the site. Overall ease of use: length of time to learn how to use the tool; length of time to create what the site does Appropriateness for use with students (practicality; web controls) use edmodo, videos) Edmodo in Action (ways to use edmodo by feature, subject area and purpose) Rollout Resources (templates for getting students/parents started, resources for professional development) Difficulty signing up as a student and joining a group (error message) A poll Students need to have the necessary internet access and technological tools (ei. Computer). Students need to have technological skills in managing the site 5 minutes to navigate and orient oneself with all the features of the site. Self-explanatory on how to set up the site. There is an quick orientation on all the icons when you register. Enter grades Create roster Create seating chart Create lesson plans (template available) Create schedule Create policies and classroom procedures Monitor settings for student/parent access to grades and attendance Generate report (for Took a while to figure out how to finalize my class roster in order to start using the program. There are very few icons which makes it easy to navigate. The icons are on the left side and on top of the screen. Easy for students to join (Print out invitations to join with secret code for access) Once students join, they can monitor behavior points at home and design their avatar Fun, big and kidfriendly icons More appropriate for elementary school Storage availability/options Option to upload assignments/quizzes Upgrades (costs) No option for upgrade Free From scale 1-10 = 9 Comfort level with site after exploring/experimenting Other: Difficulty creating a group Error for student to sign up Collaborative website for students and teachers Co-founders are from Edmodo High School in California (support team) Option to upload OR create quizzes on the site Option to create polls Option to record grades Option to send out notes/alerts grades, assignments and attendance) Option to upload lesson plans (feature not available yet) No option for upgrades Free From scale 1-10 = 9 Main purpose : teacher to record attendance, grades; create lesson plans, seating charts, schedules Secondary purpose: communicate grades and attendance to students/parents N/A No option for upgrades Free From scale 1-10 = 8 Positive reinforcement feature (set up/assign desirable behaviors of students) Behavior management Keep track of positive and negative points Feature to use your smartphone as a classroom remote. Option to share your ClassDojo with other teachers Final recommendations: We would recommend to use each site for different purposes. LearnBoost is suitable for all teachers and learners. The sites main features consist of creating a class roster, a grade book and keeping attendance. Edmodo may not be suitable for English Language learners if they do not have much technological knowledge or background because it requires online collaboration between teacher and students. Teachers can use Edmodo to post quizzes, notes, polls and assignments. It functions similarly to a wiki. Class Dojo is geared more towards younger learners. The main purpose of this website is to manage classroom behavior through providing immediate positive reinforcement. The site is student-friendly in that each student is represented by an avatar.