Students at Westwood Elementary School in St. Cloud, Minnesota, work on projects such as researching the Underground Railroad, reading a book on the subject and writing thoughts about each chapter using a computer program called Weebly. They can work on their project at home, share pages with friends, and update it with photos relevant to the story.
It’s part of the social media trend that is taking shape in Minnesota schools. As St. Cloud schools work to finish the region’s first technology policy that includes guidelines for staff and classroom use of social media, teachers are already using some sites to enhance learning and engage computer-savvy students.
What’s not being used are the ubiquitous websites such as Facebook, Twitter and My Space, but educational sites and programs that most people outside of schools have never heard of. In fact, many schools block the popular social media sites and St. Cloud’s proposed policy requires the superintendent’s approval for use in the classroom. Among the names popping up in area classrooms instead are Moodle, Edmodo, and Weebly. Read more in the St. Cloud Times online.