Is it easy to use? Is it fun? Is it appropriate for students’ age, abilities, cultural backgrounds and interests? Do the students take responsibility for using this technology? Does it offer various activities? Does it allow students to practice their English in a meaningful way? Is it justified from a pedagogical point of view, or is it just a cool new toy? Is it easy to integrate with other tools? Is it safe to use with students?
"Piktochart is an awesome infographic creation tool for teachers.I stumbled upon this in my Twitter and after trying it I decided to add it to my List of The Best Infographic Creation Tools. There has been so much focus on the use of Infographics in education because of their huge potentail as learning tools. Their bright colours together with the way they present inforamtion make them ideal for classroom inclusion..."
Are learning management systems going the way of the Web 2.0 tools? I often opt for the philosophy of 'small tools loosely joined' when I work with students. I have to be careful that I don't give them too many digital places to go, too many usernames and passwords, too many learning curves. After all it is not the tools that are primar, but the affordances they offer and the adjacent and unexpected possibles that open up as they use these tools to research, write and share.
So that's the long way around the barn to say: perhaps Edmodo is a useful tool still because it does so much. It reminds me of Diigo. Perhaps as teachers who use tech in our teaching we should measure the cognitive weight of the tools we ask our students to use with an eye toward getting good 'weight'.