Review by Polly Conway, Common Sense Education | Updated November 2013

Wiggio

Free online communication platform can help students work together

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Pros: It's free and easy to use, and it adjusts to the particular needs of your group.

Cons: It's not as visually exciting as it could be, and it isn't designed specifically for schools.

Bottom Line: Keep people organized with this simple but serviceable tool that can translate well to classroom use.

You can do a lot of things within Wiggio. You can use it to enhance communication within the classroom or to help with your own personal organizing. It can function like a calendar program, allowing you to do all kinds of scheduling, both personal and professional. You can create polls and quizzes for students or set up study groups that let them work as teams under your supervision.

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Wiggio is a free online platform that allows anyone to work in groups. Although it's not specifically designed for schools, there are plenty of ways to make use of the site. After signing up with an email and password, you'll log in and either join or create a group. A group can be a class, team, or a handful of friends; within each group, you can do lots of things. Messaging options include sending emails and texts as well as voice and video notes. You can schedule events on a shared calendar, share files, or create polls that your group members can respond to.

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The "WIG" in Wiggio stands for "working in groups," and this site stays true to its promise, providing you an opportunity to work in groups online -- for free, no less. There's nothing incredibly exciting about the site, but it's a nice resource if you have groups of students who need extra help or want to engage in discussions outside of the classroom. You could also use the site to help track scheduling for clubs or after-school groups.

The ability to add video or audio messaging within a group is a great bonus, and students will learn communication skills as they respond to questions or add their own opinions to online discussions about the latest reading assignment or math quiz.

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Overall Rating
3

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
3

Wiggio allows users to easily work in groups online; it definitely makes communication easier. Design is basic but serviceable; the site aims to keep things simple, so it's very accessible for teachers and students.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
3

Though not designed for in-class use, the site can facilitate communication; there are plenty of educational applications. Students can learn organization skills that are transferrable to future projects, whether in school or beyond.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
3

The Knowledge Base has an FAQ about site features; users can add their own questions -- there's also an introductory video. Teachers and students will have to supply their own creativity when using the site in school.


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Fort Settlement Middle School
Sugar Land, TX
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Students Collaborate and Communicate with this Private Workspace

I like how this tool helps students manage their learning. As a result, it is best for high school students are greater. I think it's important as a teacher to be a part of all the student groups so that you can monitor the activity, answer any questions, or clarify any misconceptions. It's the perfect tool for the project-based learning teacher or for school clubs and activities. The polls, voice and video messages, and calendar make it very easy to keep everyone in the communication loop!

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