How I Use It
I set up a classroom through Edmodo in order to discuss different books we read in the media center. I start the discussion about a particular book and students start by responding with their initial thoughts on the book. I then ask questions that require them to think critically and, perhaps, bring in other different forms of media into their responses. I also ask students to respond to other student responses as part of their grade. This is a big part of Common Core rationale, the ability to critically analyze opinions. This may not be possible in a more open collaborative format but because Edmodo was designed for educational environments, I feel much safer encouraging kids to post online. Overall, I am very happy with it!
Edmodo is one of the few environments that we can use for online collaboration among students. Teachers can lead online discussions and students can respond to each other in various ways. It is easy to post links, videos, pictures, etc. to Edmodo so it is a very media-rich environment for students to use. Plus, it is a wonderful tool to involve parents in learning as they can check out what their students are accessing and discussing online. The group code is a bit of a pain because it does change so if you add students later, you may have to give them a new code. However, once everybody is in and participating, it can snowball in a good way because students feel accountable for their learning through their posts and responses to other posts.