Are you looking for a communication hub for your students/classes/teachers? Edmodo, a free website, also available as IPhone/ IPad app and a Google Play app, simulates a Facebook-look for education. Several teachers in my district are using Edmodo to connect with students, other teachers (in our own building to as far as around the globe) and parents (if desired).
Because the look and concept resembles Facebook, it appears familiar and user friendly almost immediately.
Unlike FB, it’s as private as you want it to be. You can restrict it to a class or even a group of individuals, so privacy is not a concern.
Teacher sharing: teachers can pose questions, post ideas, link to other professionals in any discipline from any district (from within the US and overseas).
Establish classes: with a unique class code, students could sign into a class page where students
- Receive notifications on their smart devices as assignments are added or notes/ alerts such as a message you want to get out to one class or several classes
- Find linked assignments, complete w/ due dates and directions.
- Upload assignments for grading
- Confer with friends from their class individually or on a group basis
- Engage in a class/group discussion not unlike a blog
- Take a quiz
- View their grades for Edmodo assignments to track their progress
- Take a poll
- Receive badges for goals accomplished
Create groups within a class: for group assignments, the teacher can set up groups within a class as a hub to store files, send messages or have a dialogue with other group members.
Post student work for reference or to share with other classes or absent students in the form of images or links.
Establish a class calendar for viewing as a planner for teacher & students.
Maintain a library of assignments added and those saved from other teachers. Organizational capabilities include establishing folders within classes.
Enable a parent feature, so parents could check their children’s assignments.
Promote discovery of other lessons, research, applications, and connections with other teachers.
Grade and track students’ progress. Portability allows me to grade from my IPad!
Download educational apps, like SUBTEXT(which I will feature in a later blog) for free and purchase.
There is a lot to it, so I’ve basically had to teach myself (it’s extremely user friendly), as there isn’t anyone on-site who is an “expert.” Several of us have adopted its use and share findings as we stumble upon them.
Edmodo-specific apps are unique to the IPad (tablet), so you need a class set of IPads (tablets) to utilize some of them.
Give it a try! And please, provide some feedback if you do. Additionally, I’d like to hear from any of you who have used EDMODO (successfully or otherwise) and please share any other communication hubs you do or do not recommend. Thanks.
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