The more I use Edmodo with my students, and the more I am finding new web 2.0 apps that can be embedded into Edmodo, I could envision the website as the hub for digital learning in the K12 market. As of today, I have been able to embed YouTube, MyStudiyo, SlideRocket, & Slideshare into Edmodo. The ability to embed HTML coding from other web apps really provides a unique opportunity to bring the best of the web into Edmodo. If more websites provide the embedding code such as the apps above, Edmodo could become the forum to post all my projects. My students could create and complete all their assignments with other apps such as SlideRocket, and then embed the presentation into Edmodo. The collaboration and communication provided on Edmodo could really enhance the experience of all the other apps. The combination of the private communication platform and the ability to embed third party apps into program has some interesting potential for Edmodo. Lets hope Edmodo continues the good work and more importantly, lets hope more web 2.0 companies provide their code to allow us to embed it into Edmodo.
It was over six months ago when an idea came to me while shopping for air filters at Home Depot; how can we evolve the Accelerated Reader idea into a web 2.0 environment? I write this in hopes Accelerated Reader decides to move to this environment. Otherwise, I have the alternative solution to the reading quiz phenomenon. For those who are not familiar with Accelerated Reader, it essentially is an independent reading program where students read books and take quizzes based on reading levels. It helps teachers monitor independent reading where students earn points for successfully taking quizzes on the books they read.
With web 2.0 technologies now readily available, I have come up with a free solution for those schools unable to afford the Accelerated Reader software. I came across a free quiz making program called MyStudiyo and I finally created my first quiz on it. I remember being on the phone with my good friend Gilbert, telling him what if there was a crowd sourcing solution to creating quizzes of children’s literature. Now it is still a raw solution and doesn’t provide the full analysis of an Accelerated Reader, however, the potential is there for a community of teachers who contribute to quizzes on MyStudiyo. I can envision an “Accelerated Reader” like community of quizzes on this site with ratings of the best quizzes. Now, if MyStudiyo can create “Accelerated Reader” like metrics, students can login to this website and take quizzes for free. I can see the traffic exponentially grow for this website if they could add the features. If MyStudiyo is reading this blog, feel free to contact me about this novel idea.
Best yet, you can embed your quizzes to private communication platforms such as Edmodo. Here is an example of my embedded quiz on Edmodo. As powerful as Accelerated Reader has become in the education world, I can see a web 2.0 version becoming bigger because we are relying on the power of the teacher population instead of so-called “experts” who create these AR quizzes.
I write this giving away my idea that I proposed months ago, but I have no capacity to create such a website. I just hope I get mentioned for the company who does make this happen. “Accelerated Reader 2.0″