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I was excited to discover many things that I can morph into learning solutions for my library. I also realized that I have an Edmodo story to share myself.
I must admit the number one reason I started using Edmodo was to avoid standing over the copier. This necessary teaching prep drudgery is particularly painful to me, especially when students leave the copies scattered all over the floor in the library’s computer lab. After carving out time (usually after school) to make the copies, I want students to USE the materials I give them.
The second reason I started using Edmodo is my lack of patience in repeating what I say (which is probably weird for an educator when you think about it). If the librarian decides to create a webpage with the expectations and resources, repeating the URL repeatedly will result in severe hoarseness before the day is over. Edmodo provides the answer for me.
It is easy to get started using Edmodo. I created a single group for our eight Freshman Studies classes to use for announcements, handouts, reading suggestions, etc. My most extensive use of this Edmodo group has been for my teaching collaborations though.
Working alongside ninth Grade pre-AP teacher Kim Mitchell was my favorite collaboration of the year. Romeo and Juliet in the Cloud: Technological Exploration of Outside Influences Affecting Romeo and Juliet was a project spin that the students enjoyed as well.
Kim started this long range project in the classroom with a reading of Romeo and Juliet. As a unit debrief activity, she required students to create an artifact of some kind (banquet menu, invitation card, costume design for masquerade party, etc.).
Students came to the library to research what these artifacts might look like. I helped students with their research, the creation of the artifacts, and the upload of their artifacts for presentation using the online magazine tool Issuu. Between the use of Edmodo and Issuu, a whole host of technology standards are met in this one class session.
As the bell ringer activity, I post the Edmodo group code on the white board with the instructions to get logged in and read the session background. This background includes the essential question, the enduring understandings, the standards to be met, and the daily “I Can” statements.
I then add links and/or step-by-step directions to resources students can use for their research and creative activities. I finish up with an exit activity that allows them to correlate their lives to those of the characters in the play. Links to their presentations should be placed in this exit activity, too. Students can then comment on each other’s projects.
Edmodo allows for total engagement of students. And paperless! Rah!
More from me on using Edmodo in the library later.
How do you use Edmodo?