03 November 2012

Wiggio - a social network with a difference

It's been almost three months since my last post but since the beginning of the academic year I've had so many different projects going on that I haven't had anything to talk about! 

One of the things I've been doing is using www.wiggio.com with a small group of Intermediate level adult students as part of a pilot blended learning course.  Wiggio is a free group working platform that is clean and simple to look at, and intuitive to use.  Although there are dedicated social networks for educators, such as Edmodo, what I like about Wiggio is that it has a range of inbuilt tools that are ideal for language learners.  Remember, this is a free platform and here are just some of the features it includes:

  • folders
  • create documents
  • to-do lists
  • calendar
  • video and voice notes
  • chatroom
  • meeting room
  • email and SMS functions
I'm using it as the forum/virtual classroom on the course (the course involves 70% online study and 30% face-to-face study).  The students love it and regularly start up mini conversations as if they were chatting on Facebook.  The only difference is they're using English to communicate.

As a teacher using it instead of an LMS, it does have it's drawbacks.  It's not an LMS/CMS and when I need to supplement the course with my own materials, it's not as easy to organise them in a student friendly way.  I've been creating folders relating to each unit then uploading supplementary materials or links to the folders.  This seems to be working well for now, but I keep a copy of everything on my PC so that they are available for the next course.  I haven't found a way to move uploaded materials from one "group" to another yet!

If you're looking for a way to get your students to work together between classes, on projects or homework assignments or to contact you, this really is the answer.  All you need is an email address to join up.  You can create as many groups as you want and assign permissions so you can control what your students can do (if you want to do that) or let them have free rein of their group and see where they go with it.  The best thing of all is you don't need to spend time showing your students how to use a range of voice, video and other tools to help them with their learning.  It's all built in to Wiggio.

1 comment:

  1. Blendid learning is appreciated alot with online institutes like GatesVille University where students are given full opportunity to bring in their ideas for debate which will increase their confidence.

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