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EDMOTO: Free Education Communication Tools

Greetings,

EDMOTO is an very interesting (in a good way) and appealing web app for educators. It describes itself as a web site with, “free online tools for the education community.”

EDMOTO is owned, operated, & funded by Jeff O’Hara & Nic Borg. Jeff is a network administrator/webmaster for Community Unit School District 200 in Wheaton, Illinois. He also blogs at http://blog.zemote.com. Nic is the webmaster/web developer for Kaneland Community Unit School District 302 in Maple Park, Illinois. Imagine that – an education focused web resource created by educators.

To my tired eyes, EDMOTO looks like a cross between a Wiki, a blog, a dash of twitter, a discussion board and web mail (like Gmail), all mashed up into one web application.

For a teacher to use this site, they would have to have all their students signed up. Students would then be arranged by classes. Within each class, teachers could send messages, create discussion groups, send out or receive files and many other things.

While there are many other similar programs, this one has a nice look, feel and feature set. And, as the application is in Alpha mode and being developed by two educators, suggestions and advice regarding additional features would be greatly appreciated.

As it is in Alpha testing mode, accounts are not readily available but you can e-mail the developers if you like to try EDMOTO out.

In the meantime, you can check it out at:

     http://blog.edmodo.com/

Enjoy :-)

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