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Edmodo in the classroom

Edmodo in the classroom

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I teach high school world history and I've been looking into using Edmodo with my classes this year. My students had a lot of fun with glogster last year and I want to incorporate more ongoing technology. I'm interested in how teachers have used Edmodo and what their successes/problems were with it. What kind of assignments did you use Edmodo for? Were there any problems that you encountered unexpectedly?

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Amy Dickman's picture

My students have been using this as of yesterday. We are a blended K-12 school that utilizes tradtional brick and mortar as well as a digital curriculum. While it is almost like the best of both worlds, there are issues. As we have auditioned different curriculums as well other digital ideas, we have found the gaps within the curriculum as well as our state standards. I toyed around with edmodo and found it pretty simple, noticed it allowed real-time results, and allowed my students the feel of facebook without all the other issues that arise with the social medis and all it entails. So far it is a way to provide supplemental information that is vital for filling in those gaps, it allows for the students to truly digitally interact with the information as well as each other, and finally it truly makes the internet a safe AND unique experience for all of them.

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Robert Maw
Eighth Grade Math Teacher from Carson City, Nevada

I have been using Edmod for the past three years and would not want to go back. This is such a powerful tool to communicate with the studens, organize their work, stay connected when they are out of the class. We organize our units into folders and make all assignemnt into PDF documents for them to access. Every night myself or my co-teacher post a 10 min video on the assignment with examples of how to show work and do some of the problems. Students love the backpack feature and use it as a cloud storage system for their work for our class and the other grade level teachers who require typed or digital created work.

Keith Heggart's picture
Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

I think that one of the real strengths of Edmodo is that it allows like-minded educators around the world to communicate with each other. As an example of this, last year, Year 10 students at my school in Australia communicated with students from Connecticut in the US. We used Edmodo as the starting point for thie communication. A word of advice, though: it is important to clearly map out the expectations for such activities, like topics for conversation, regularity of contact and so on before the project begins.

Other than that, I've found Edmodo to be a great out-of-school tool. What it lacks for in in-school activities (that, for example, Moodle might have) it lacks in allowing connections between groups beyond the school walls.

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Hans Albanese
English Language Arts teacher in Japan, Course Supervisor (past)

I would agree with Keith about the communication aspect of Edmodo. That is nice. Edmodo's main strength, in my experience, is in communicating between teachers and students.

I used Edmodo to communicate with my students who were supposed to be doing preparation for a group project during winter vacation. It was a good way to stay in contact with the groups and the group leaders during the break. They were preparing to make a news show and had to find news during the break. Edmodo was much better than e-mail for keeping in contact with them during the vacation.
Now that we are back at school, however, we do not use it because we see the kids nearly everyday (they are at school from 8-6:30) so there is no need for it.

I think Edmodo would be more useful if it had a few more features. I had made groups for each of the groups in this project, but I found that my students did not use Edmodo much for communication among themselves. They got frustrated with the BBS system and went to Facebook or somewhere where they could chat. That seems to be a weak point of Edmodo. It really needs a chat system. A wiki system would be useful also so that groups planning a project could make the plan together on a wiki (My students ended up using Google Docs for this).

All in all, though, Edmodo is a free service that is very easy to use. I found it very useful for communicating with students when they are out of school for vacations and so on.

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Keith Heggart
High School Teacher from Sydney, Australia

[quote]I think Edmodo would be more useful if it had a few more features. I had made groups for each of the groups in this project, but I found that my students did not use Edmodo much for communication among themselves. They got frustrated with the BBS system and went to Facebook or somewhere where they could chat. That seems to be a weak point of Edmodo. It really needs a chat system. A wiki system would be useful also so that groups planning a project could make the plan together on a wiki (My students ended up using Google Docs for this). [/quote]

Absolutely! Part of the reason we've gone towards a Moodle/ GAFE approach. It, however, also has its limitations.

Debbie's picture
Debbie
middle school technology teacher

I love the idea of my students communicating with other students around the globe. What kind of permissions did you need to get in order to do this? How did you find other classes to communicate with?

Barb Thompson's picture

I have the same question as Debbie.....What kind of permissions did you need to get in order to do this? How did you find other classes to communicate with?

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