There's no better time to start an Electronic Learning Community or Social Networking Site for your students than the beginning of a new school year. Before you begin, let's take a look at some of the new features added to Edmodo over the summer and then discuss 5 new ways to use this incredible tool.
What's New for 2011-12?
Edmodo has made several updates to their user interface, library, and gradebook. All the details are available on the Edmodo New Release page that was published on June 24, 2011. Even more changes were made just last week when an introductory video was added to the log in page. To watch, scroll down on the www.edmodo.com main page and click the "Learn More about Edmodo" link. The video will open and play directly on the screen. This is a great way to start any Edmodo training or introduction that you might do with teachers or students.
Training for Edmodo
Introducing Edmodo to a class of students or group of teachers typically takes between 30 and 45 minutes. The process of creating an account, explaining the different ways to post, and either setting up or joining a group are fairly simple. Demonstrating the use of the site, or brainstorming ideas on how to implement will then take as long as you'd like to spend.
For resources, visit our TRT webpage on Edmodo at: http://sites.fcps.org/trt/edmodo
Scroll to the bottom of the page for an Edmodo User's Guide, Permission Slips, and other resources.
5 Great Ideas for Using Edmodo with Students
1. Create a paperless classroom by using the Edmodo Library as a "Cloud" storage space.
2. Differentiate by arranging students into small groups within the class based on readiness or ability.
3. Embedd Web2.0 products like gloggs, blabberizes, animoto movies, quizlet card sets and prezis to create an online exhibition hall or museum.
4. Small group discussions for science labs, novels, or writing groups.
5. Introduce new Vocabulary with the Poll feature and allow students to guess definitions or terms.
5 Great Ideas for Using Edmodo with Staff
1. Administrator, Curriculum Specialists, and Teacher Specialists can create groups for discussions and reflections while also sharing training materials and resources in the library.
2. Collect data from your staff using the poll feature in order to make school wide decisions or complete a needs assessment.
3. Network and connect with staff at other schools to share ideas and resources through the library.
4. Join professional groups within Edmodo community.
5. Create parent log-ins to provide ongoing communication and community involvement with both the school in general, and specific classrooms.