Have you heard of Edmodo? It is a secure learning platform that gives students and teachers an easy way to communicate and collaborate. SCSD has its own subdomain. If you are using Edmodo and don't enter through our subdomain, it is easy to change. Just contact me for the code. If you are interested in Edmodo, we have several active classrooms in the district. I can give you some basic training and connect you with a colleague.
E-pals is another safe online student communication tool that is managed by SCSD Media Services. Student email accounts can be moderated by the classroom teacher and filtered for spam and language. In addition, there are a host of global collaborations available through their network.
Have you ever thought about using Skype to connect with an expert or another classroom? I belong to a variety of online networks which are designed to foster collaboration across the globe. I can make inquiries on your behalf or help you set up your own accounts.
Last year, S.E.F. funded the purchase of a one year school subscription to PollEverywhere. I activated it at the end of October, so we only have a few days left. The benefit of the fee-based service was the ability to poll larger groups and manage users. PollEverywhere is still free for limited use.
If you have any questions about these or other resources, please let me know! I would be happy to help.