- Students DO NOT have to have email at all.
- It resembles another extremely popular website that students are familiar with that will hopefully make it more personal to them as they use it. (Facebook)
"..Edmodo is a free, secure, social learning platform for teachers, students, schools and districts...it provides teachers and students with a secure and easy way to post classroom materials, share links, videos, documents, presentations, and much more. There are also special institutional features for schools and districts that can be accessed for free by administrators..." You might be asking, how does it work? Well it is really simple for the teacher to set up and for the students to access. Just a couple of clicks and you are ready to go with your students.
For the teacher: Go to http://edmodo.com
- Click on I'm a Teacher and fill out the short form
- Find Groups on the left side of the page and Click Create
- The Group(Class) you create is for your students to Join later
- When you Save the Group you will receive a Student Access Code
In the Message Box you can:
- Enter Notes for students
- Create Assignments
- Ask questions by creating a Poll
- Send Web Links, videos and files
- Even send Alerts when necessary
As a Student: Go to the website
- Click on I'm A Student
- Enter the Code that the teacher provides you
- Start following the Discussion in the center of the page
- Join in the conversation
So why would you want to use Edmodo? What is the draw for me as a teacher to use this product over and above what I am currently doing in my classroom? Over the past few years it has been increasingly obvious that the Digital Age is here and we need to become a part of it. As teachers we need to look at different avenues to get our students attention. This website may just be that focal point. Students are already using Facebook, and Edmodo looks similar in design so that could be the buy in.
For teachers this could also factor into the new evaluation tool for Standard IV for integrating and utilizing technology in instruction and helping students to develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. It can also encompass the new Common Core standards for using technology tools and skills to reinforce classroom concepts and activities. As well as using technology and other resources for the purpose of assessing, organizing, and sharing of information.
Give it a try and see what you think, don't just take my word for it. You may discover that this tool will be a benefit to both you and your students. Take a look at the video below to get a little bit more information on Edmodo.
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video from Edmodo.com and ipadsammy