Every Friday I’ll send you a wonderful website that my classes and my parents love. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of your students as they are of mine.
According to its YouTube video (see below), Noodle is a work-oriented social network intranet for organizations. It includes personal profiles and a user directory so people can find expertise within their company that suits their requirements. It also includes communication resources such as blogs, shared calendars, discussion forums, and document collaboration. You can sign up for a free 30-day trial before deciding. Check out the video:
What’s that have to do with students and schools? Part of Noodle’s offering is the ability to search their ‘noodlings’ on academic topics. You can search by category–K-12, College, MBA, Law–or topic–tutors, elementary school, middle school. If I select ‘elementary school’, I get topics like ‘Choosing a Tutor’, ‘Decoding Standardized Tests’, and ‘Back to School’. Each article is pithy and to the point. You won’t waste a lot of time reading fluff–just meat.
Plus, Noodle offers a ‘school selection’ tool, to enable parents and high schoolers to search for the right school, from kindergarten through college. Once you’ve set up an account, Noodle allows you to keep track of the schools you’ve applied to or been admitted to, or classify schools based on criteria such as cost, campus setting, etc. You can keep these lists private or make them public so that your friends can see them.
Overall, an interesting twist on the social media frontier. I’d love to hear from people who either use them at their organization or as a school search tool. How’s it work for you?
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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and author of two technology training books for middle school. She wrote Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, ISTE article reviewer, IMS tech expert, a columnist for Examiner.com, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office, WordDreams, or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.