Google Apps for Education

Edmodo

Moodle

Desire2Learn

Twitter

Kidblog

Wordpress + Buddypress

Why would I want to use this?

If you want to give students access to Google’s full suite of collaboration, creation, and communication apps.

If you want an easy to use, fast, protected, online classroom space.

If you want a protected online classroom space.

If you want a protected online classroom space.

If you want students to tweet, and connect with the wider world out there.

If you want easy, manageable class blogging.

If you want to create a fully customizable network of blogs and discussions.

Is it free for teachers and students?

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

no, you need a web hosting plan

Is it board approved/promoted?

yes

no

yes

yes

no

no

no

Can students customize design?

yes, for some apps

no

no

no

yes, if they have their own account, or given access to class account

yes, somewhat

yes

Is it open for others/strangers to view and contribute?

yes, if shared

yes, if invited

no

no

yes, if public

yes

yes

Can parents view/participate?

yes

yes

no

no

yes

yes

yes

Are there mobile apps?

yes

yes

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

Is it easy to use from mobile?

yes

yes

no

no

yes

yes

yes

Can students blog?

yes

yes, but not meant for that

yes, but not meant for that

yes, but not meant for that

no

yes

yes

Chats and/or discussion boards?

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

How ‘techie’ do I, the teacher,  need to be?

somewhat

not at all

quite a bit

quite a bit

not at all

not at all

very

Can students come into contact with strangers?

yes

only if invited

no

no

yes

yes

yes

Is it easy for the teacher to manage students accounts?

somewhat

yes

yes

yes

no

yes

yes

Is the data stored on a board/district/school server?

no

no

yes

yes

no

no

no