Edmodo’s apps use the platform’s existing relationship map to make their developers’ services easier to access. They integrate with Edmodo’s dashboard — posting, for instance, badges to a student’s profile or grades to his teacher’s gradebook.
Apps range from simple modules like a virtual graphing calculator to complex systems like a multi-playersocial math game. For teachers to give their classes access to an app, they’ll pay anywhere between $10 and $100 (Edmodo itself is free to use) .
Each app is also available as a standalone product, but the hope is that partnering with Edmodo helps get new technologies into classrooms. (Source: Mashable )
We, as legislators (e.g. Epsilen), educators and organizations (e.g. Edmodo, CollaborizeClassroom, etc.), need to “wise up.” We need to remember that “free” for business really means “free for now until you’re hooked, and then we can sell you on amenities that are really necessities.”
Now that anyone can publish anything and search engines turn up inaccurate information, misinformation, and disinformation along with accurate claims, the consumer, not the producer of information, must test the validity of claims. Everyone must learn some elementary critical skills for evaluating information. However, both algorithmic techniques and social (crowdsourcing) techniques are emerging for trying to filter out the bad information and float the best information closer to the surface.
Some would say that most people are gullible, ill-informed, and easily influenced. At the beginning of the 20th century, the American journalist Walter Lippmann made this argument in his book, “Public Opinion.”
The American philosopher and educator John Dewey responded that if this was the case, we need to build better educational institutions and encourage better journalism, so that people would be less ignorant and better informed. I’d say that this tension still holds, but is multiplied by the overwhelming floods of information that new media afford. (Source: PBS)
The goal isn’t to demonize these businesses, but to enter into relationships with your eyes open about what the costs are.
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