“Social media is taking over our classrooms, connecting everyone!”

Edmodo is a full-featured social network designed for the educational environment. It has the look of Facebook, which grabs students' interest, but it also has controls in place to help protect their privacy and promote positive interactions among students and teachers. Pluses: Students can only create accounts with a teacher's permission, and teachers have access to manage student privileges. Students will like being able to post text, images, and links, and embed videos and other multimedia content.

Students can comment on posts, which makes Edmodo a great way to demonstrate and reinforce digital citizenship. The "walled garden" environment means students know you're paying attention to what they do.The community features make Edmodo an easy way for students to collaborate and get peer feedback on their work.

Edmodo is perfect for a paperless classroom. Teachers can post assessments that are automatically graded. When students submit Google Docs, teachers can provide comments and annotations. A grade-book feature tracks all Edmodo assignment scores and provides easy exporting to popular formats.