How I Use It
I use it as a resource site for materials I am providing my audiences when I present on PD, the homebase for all of my student classwork and as a great PLC and PLN network.
My role as educator has evolved over the last few years and I am now spending a large percentage of my time dong presentations on all different instructional technology strategies. Regardless the topic, I find that by creating a group in Edmodo for audience members, I can supply them with folders and folders of topic specific support materials, the presentation itself, and an ongoing communication line for further questions and reference. This allows those that come to hear me speak to just sit back and listen without the pressure to frantically get down notes. I often give them advance or prior activities to do in the group too.
When I plan with others, we can all share resources and a common calendar by creating a group just for us. Our 7th grade PLC was dependent on it to keep track of our pacing from one year to the next.
The larger communities are also great to join when I don't have local experts in certain areas. This last year I spent a lot of time in the "gamification" groups to learn how others around the world are gamifying their classrooms. I truly feel part of a PLN.
Taken off like wildfire in my district! This site is as addictive to parents and kids as it is to teachers and it has the added benefit of looking like Facebook. I knew this was a keeper a few years ago when I did an in-service for teachers in my building on it. Prior to that hour session, we only had three teachers with blogs. Within, three weeks, we had 58 teachers on Edmodo and using it with their students. I love the ability to encourage students to take a greater "ownership role" with their education. The site allows students to have unlimited space to save documents, links, etc...in their virtual backpacks so that they can access it all from anywhere. They can ask questions about homework assignments, complete, and even turn them in right within the platform. I can assign them badges to motivate them, give them polls or quizzes and even make subgroups so that longer projects can worked on collaboratively. I love those moments when I am standing in the grocery store line and my Edmodo app on my phone goes off and a child wants help from me. By the time I've even logged in to answer their questions, their classmates are walking him through his dilemma. Kids out sick? No worries! They can easily log into our group page and see the work that they have missed, print the homework, and even link to videos or sites supporting their lesson. The calendar feature is a great reference point for them too on what work they have for each of their classes when they are not sure they have it down accurately in their assignment notebooks. It is hard to imagine how I ever lived without it!