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Edmodo is a free learning management tool that merges classroom content, safe communication, and assessment with students' social media savvy. Students and parents can get quick answers to questions as well as stay current on class assignments and happenings via the student planner and discussion threads. Post a warm-up question, or take a quick poll to get student input on the day's topic or to quickly assess understanding. Save time by using teacher-created assessments, and let Edmodo do some or all of the grading for you. Go paperless by collecting, grading, and returning student essays digitally, perhaps using an outside rubric tool for even more efficiency. Help students become more organized by using the teacher and student planner feature to manage assignments and deadlines using Edmodo's blackboard-like platform. Monitor student progress and personalize learning using the Snapshot feature, and use apps and badges to support student learning and increase engagement.
Need ideas? Look no further than the professional development community, and get suggestions from other professionals. Edmodo can be busy with notifications and community postings, so teachers will want to come up with strategies to manage these potential time stealers. Also, although ads keep the website and apps free, they can be an annoyance when creating content.
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Edmodo is a free Facebook-like learning management system (LMS) that serves as a great stepping stone toward online instruction. Teachers can create an account, classes, and their first poll or assignment within minutes and can invite students and parents to join them via class code, email, or handout. Once students join, they can see content, manage deadlines, receive and submit assignments, and interact with the teacher and other classmates by participating in polls and writing posts that include embedded media, links, and images. Teachers can see all posts and can moderate content or put class members on read-only mode. Users can share documents, links, video, and images using the drag-and-drop feature, integrating files from Google and Microsoft accounts. Teachers can also add apps such as a link to their Office 365 account or Snapshot, where they can create personalized, standards-based assessments.
The Edmodo Spotlight (beta) feature, a collection of app-based activities and resources shared by other users, has potential to become a great time-saver for teachers who want to up their level of digital instruction without reinventing the wheel. There's a robust community of Edmodo users who are eager to share ideas with one another through multiple discussion forums and groups, enhancing the site's educational quality and professional development opportunities.
While the design of Edmodo is fairly basic, the opportunities to reach and engage students are plentiful for teachers who design thoughtfully, give responsive feedback, and commit to providing students with rich educational resources and experiences. The online discussion forums may encourage less vocal students to share and give students a chance to form thoughtful responses and benefit from the knowledge of their peers. Quick formative assessments and conversation-starter polls give students and teachers immediate feedback and can help teachers to improve instruction by identifying struggling or disengaged learners more quickly. Choosing exciting activities to supplement instruction can engage reluctant learners and provide opportunities for collaboration, creativity, and game-based learning. Finally, in addition to content standards, students can learn time management and self-motivation, soft skills that they need to grow as learners.
As with any social media forum, teachers will need to monitor student posts and communication for appropriateness, but overall, this safe, easy-to-navigate site gives teachers a platform and support for sound instructional design and gives parents an easy way to monitor their child's progress.