Edmodo. The site is open to students as well as teachers and one of its main focuses is establishing a Personal Learning Network. It is a tool that allows teachers to communicate with their students outside of class while providing an environment where students are expected to work independently, collaborate with other students, and exchange information. Along with document sharing options students can view and upload videos and other important documents, for instance a group project. Last but not least, parents can be kept in loop about their child’s learning process and can communicate with the teacher if any questions arise.
Edmodo is one of many tools available to students and teachers but it is one that encompasses many useful things. I think more tools like this are needed to be an effective 21st Century teacher because it keeps the students engaged while also encouraging them to be independent.