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High School Social Studies Teacher

I think it's great to get

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I think it's great to get students involved in the classroom through the internet. I have toyed with the idea of having classroom materials, discussions, etc online, but I haven't found the right platform for what I would like to do. I currently teach an online government class and struggle with the platform we use and would love to find something different that works by not only providing students with the learning experience but also the community experience. Are there any things that you struggle with when you give students free reign on an online classroom community? Do you have specific rules/procedures that you give to your students ahead of time so they know what to expect and how to interact online?

High School IB English Teacher

Thanks for sharing this idea.

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Thanks for sharing this idea. I'm currently exploring with Edmodo with my students, and your post encouraged me to look into Haiku. I'm looking forward to finding out its potential. I love the sound of an Online Student Lounge!

Secondary English Teacher

I love this idea. How early

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I love this idea. How early in the year do you begin using a "student lounge"? I have students complete surveys and take informal personality tests to help to determine grouping, but at the high school level, I find that they prefer to group themselves. I always mix it up, but sometimes I find it difficult to create a truly cohesive community and therefore am hesitant to bring this to my school's tech specialist for approval. What else have you tried with students to create a foundation for positive communication? Have you used content on this with a flipped classroom before?

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