Teacher Review For Edmodo

Edmodo used as an extension of the classroom

Lisa L.
Classroom teacher
Sweet Home CSD
Amherst, NY
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My Grades 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Once you set up your classroom, you can either pose questions to the students or take a poll of popular questions that would stimulate conversation. You can also post a quiz on the site so students can post their answers to the quiz. The way I use it is through giving them a controversial article from a newspaper or magazine, and then they have to respond to it in some way. Then I take the other students in the small group, and give them some information about how to respond to others. I have seen friendships establish because they had no idea that he or she had the same views on different topics as they did. It is refreshing to see boundaries with students dissolve and for everyone to have a voice.
My Take
"As a teaching tool, Edmodo is a key to my classroom. It provides a virtual environment where students can engage in conversations regarding topics that otherwise would not be explored or investigated within the classroom (because we ran out of time!). Edmodo can be used as a blog, or as a way for students to hand in assignments. You can keep a portfolio of their digitally dropped files or postings. It provides for you a linear map of a students' thinking regarding any topic you pose. What takes a while is for you to set up your virtual classroom and then have students able to sign in and be able to access the resources. I have used Edmodo for over 4 years and it has been a medium that students want to utilize over and over again. Their grades on their postings are higher than I could imagine and it is because of the ease of use and accessibility it has."