Edmodo is a free, secure site for social networking. It uses the same format as facebook, so it's quite easy to get use to ... the kids pick it right up! :)
Also, we use weebly blogs. I like this because I can set the blog to 'approve first' before I post comments.
Best of luck! :)
Great responses, everyone! I'm ready to explore these sites.
The more I use Edmodo, the more I love it -- you can post assignments, and students can turn them in. You can post grades, and there's an internal library that keeps track of every link and document shared in the class.
I wrote a blog entry a while back with some ideas on how to use it in the classroom, and there's also info on using Elgg and Ning for social networking: http://digitaldollar.edublogs.org/2010/03/22/harness-the-power-of-s...
I feel so lucky to have found this website through my technology class at the university I attend. I am eager to explore Edmodo and see what things the social networking site has to offer.
If you'd like to go the route of setting up your own homegrown social networks (via shared hosting or personal server), I'm a big fan of
I would try http://Enterthegroup.com. It's free and you can do social networking, virtual classrooms, group projects plus a bunch of other things like blogging, to-do lists, calendars etc.
I think it depends on how old your students are. For younger kids Edmodo is good, but for high school and beyond Enterthegroup.com is better and more practical.
Hi check out Edmodo it was just featured in eSchool news... Our District is using it, we are also moving to Google Apps!
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