What it is: Nanoogo is a place for students to create and share. Nanoogo has a digital canvas that lets student share their knowledge and ideas with classmates. Parents can easily login to view and comment on student work. As a teacher, you can create a custom channel where you can provide secure access to parents and students and moderate or suggest changes to content before it gets posted. Nanoogo is currently FREE to all schools, they mention on their information page that this may not be the case forever…I vote to sign up while it is free!
When students view each other’s work, they can rate it with a “like, genius, inspiring, cool, helpful, cute, funny or beautiful” badge.
Student can take screen shots of websites for their canvas. Here they can add a sentence about what they learned/did.
How to integrate Nanoogo into your curriculum: At Anastasis Academy, we have a digital learning environment with 1 to 1 iPads. We are largely paperless which has been WONDERFUL! We don’t do worksheets…ever. Bliss! Most of what we do is digital, project based, design thinking, or discussions. One of the problems this creates is a lack of bread crumbs of evidences of learning. When you aren’t sending home a constant stream of graded worksheets, quizzes and tests, how can parents follow along and see what learning has been done? What are the evidences? Nanoogo could be a great place for students to create and keep an eportfolio. Students can take screen shots and pictures of the projects and websites they have worked on and add a short reflection sentence about what was learned. Everything can be shared with parents and classmates through the Nanoogo website. Parents, students and parents can comment on student work and give it badges. For everything that students upload on Nanoogo, they earn GoPoints. These are displayed on a leader board. Instead of ranking students based on grades, they are ranked based on how much of their learning they share. I like this distinction…I’m not sure I love that we are still ranking students at all. I think it might be more useful for students to compete against themselves in the points instead of against others.
Tips: At Anastasis, we use Evernote for our ePortfolio. You can learn more about that here:
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