Old Dog, New Tricks? - Moodle, Edmodo, or Google Classroom

The old saying is, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" in some cases may be true, but another cliche could be true in this case, "why fix it if isn't broke." Why do I mention these sayings? I have to back track a little to see the whole picture. Three or four years ago, people were jumping on the Edmodo bandwagon. Going to various conferences the big talk was Edmodo. There would be numerous presentations or sessions talking up the virtues of Edmodo. I would explain to people that I used a Moodle. The conversation would turn to attempting to convince me why Edmodo was a better choice. Often times, people knew very little about Moodle but were convinced Edmodo was a better online alternative. It felt a little like somehow they had a personal stake in my decision. I setup several classes in Edmodo and experimented with its features. However, I felt that Moodle offered options that Edmodo didn't include within its structure.
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Social Media or Me Media

I've been thinking about Social Media lately and want to broach this topic without people getting defensive. If I think back to what Karl Marx said about religion, in some ways I think the same can be said regarding social media . Often times, people misinterpreted what Marx was saying about religion. When they hear Marx, regarding religion, what they hear is he's anti-religion, "He said religion is the opioid of the masses." What he really talked about was that economic realities wouldn't allow the poor to find true happiness in this life. Therefore, happiness will come in their next life according to religious teachings. Read More…