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1 Creating Online Class Communities Jennifer Dorman Discovery Education

2 Creating Online Class Communities Discovery Education Edmodo Diigo Ning


4 After logging into Discovery Education, select My Classrooms from the top banner. Click on Create a Classroom to get started.

5 Name your class Set the start and end dates

6 Select students from your school/district roster and/or add new students.

7 Review your class. Create duplicate classrooms if necessary (e.g. different subjects for elementary classrooms, separate classrooms for Reading and Writing in Language Arts blocks, specialized populations for integrated classes, etc.)

8 Select My Builder Tools to create and assign assignments, writing prompts, quizzes, and assessments to entire classes or to specific students.

9 Assign any media asset to entire classes or to specific students by selecting Classroom/Students, selecting a class and/or students, and setting assigned and due dates.


11 Students log into Discovery Education to view assigned content, track progress on completed assignments and assessments, and access bookmarked content through My Content.

12 Account Level Discovery Education Administrators can go to their My Admin page to import students and manage student account access and configuration.

13 Admins can download step-by-step instructions for formatting the data and uploading the spreadsheets.

14 Microblogging for the “Classes”

15 Edmodo is a private microblogging platform that was designed to be a safe alternative to traditional social networks to use in the classroom. Teachers and students can send notes, links, files, alerts, assignments, and events to each other. What is Edmodo?

16 Teachers sign up for accounts, and then create groups. Each group has a unique code which is distributed by the teacher to the class. Students then sign up (no email address required) and join the group using the code. How does Edmodo work?

17 Microblogging Public Timeline (RSS) Assignments and Grades Store and Share Files Notifications (SMS) Share Links and Embeds Privacy Controls Class Calendar Subscribe to Feeds Features


19 Creating Groups Step 1: Click Create Step 2: Share the group code with students

20 Adding Assignments

21 Accessing Assignments

22 Tracking Assignments

23 Adding Notes

24 Adding Hyperlinks & Widgets

25 The new Share tab will provide users with a direct URL link to the media asset. This link can be posted online. Posting Discovery Education Media

26 Uploading Files

27 Adding Alerts

28 Adding Events

29 Calendar

30 Adding to the Public Group Timeline Only those items that the teach shares to the public timeline will be viewable by people outside the class.

31 Public Group Timeline

32 Setting Group Activity Notification Set Twitter, email, or SMS alerts in Settings


34 Bookmark Public or Private Share to a Group Post to a List Broadcast on Twitter Annotations and Tags

35 Highlight Text

36 Add Sticky Notes

37 Diigo Educator Accounts

38 What are Diigo Educator Accounts? These are special premium accounts provided specifically to K- 12 & higher-ed educators. You can create student accounts for an entire class with just a few clicks (and student email addresses are optional for account creation) Students of the same class are automatically set up as a Diigo group so they can start using all the benefits that a Diigo group provides, such as group bookmarks and annotations, and group forums. Privacy settings of student accounts are pre-set so that only teachers and classmates can communicate with them. Ads presented to student account users are limited to education- related sponsors.

39 What are Diigo Student Accounts? Student accounts are Diigo accounts created by approved teachers through their Teacher Console. Classmates in the same class are automatically added as friends with one another to facilitate communication, but students cannot add anyone else as friends except through email. Students can only communicate with their friends and teachers. No one except their friends can send message, group invite, or write on their profile wall. Student profiles will not be indexed for People Search, nor made available to public search engines.

40 Diigo Tutorials and Support

41 Diigo Groups

42 Diigo Group Features Shared group bookmarks – sort by tags, date, and users Group forum Widgets – tagrolls and linkrolls Group auto blog post


44 Security Settings – Under 13 Under 13 accounts – students are unable to customize their profiles (no image uploads, etc.)

45 Teacher Console The Teacher Console will appear in your profile list

46 Create a Class Group

47 Class Groups

48 Convert Existing Groups Open the group Click "manage group" Click “group overview” Under group details, click "edit" Change the category to "Education - K12" The group will be upgraded to a "class group" with ad- free status, secure student accounts, and will appear within the Teacher Console

49 Add Members

50 Adding Students WITHOUT E-Mails

51 Add Students with Existing Diigo Accounts

52 Print Member Login Information


54 Manage Members

55 “If you build it they will connect...” Create your own targeted educational network with Ning.

56 Ning Network Features: Member profile pages Individual blogs with public and private post and comment settings Threaded forums Chat rooms Share music, photos, and video Privacy management settings

57 Step 1: Name Your Network Step 2: Describe Your Network Step 3: Select Features Step 4: Customize Your Network’s Appearance Step 5:Set Network Preferences in Manage Network Step 6:Apply for Ad Removal for 7-12 Educational Networks

58 Select a name and URL address for your Ning network. Note: The URL must be at least 6 characters long.

59 Decide if your network should be public or private Create a tagline that will display on your network banner Describe the purpose of your network Select tags, language, and country

60 Select features for your network and place them in the columns. Educational networks for students over the age of 13 can apply to have advertisements removed from their network.




64 Profile questions are completed when someone joins or applies to join your network.

65 Add additional tabs for other websites. Create sub-tabs and decide which categories of users can access the tabs.

66 1.Visit and select Contact Us 2.Sign into Help with your user name, password, and network URL 3.Complete the form as indicated below and submit. Go Ad-Free for Education

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