How I Use It
I post a discussion question each week, students respond with a substantive answer,and then comment on at least two other student posts. Edmodo has a great rubric and acceptable use policy to teach students how to be respond with respect. I also upload specific assignments so everyone has access to digital copies, which is helpful for students who have missed class. Quizzes are easily managed, automatically graded and recorded in the grade book. Students can also submit assignments via Edmodo, which helps to create a paperless classroom! I don't know how I managed without this fantastic classroom tool!
Edmodo is also a very useful tool for professional conversations. A large variety of groups have a presence on Edmodo, a truly global experience for educators.
Edmodo is a great way to add a digital extension to your classroom. My students look forward to logging in, sharing projects with classmates and commenting on peer-created posts. Every student has a voice, which is sometimes difficult to accomplish in the "brick and mortar" classroom. Set up a specific time each week to tutor or help students with questions. Parents can also create their own accounts for their student's classrooms. The teacher support on this website is fantastic, and even a novice teacher can be up and running in short order. Edmodo has greatly improved the learning experience for my students, because it the the digital extension of my Literature classroom. Students respond to questions about the books we read. Right now they are analyzing the characters and events in the "Esperanza Rising". Students then respond to answers from classmates. This digital discussion carries over the next day into the classroom, where students work collaboratively to problem -solve and create products based upon ideas presented on Edmodo. This tool is becoming an integral part of the learning and sharing process in my classroom