Edmodo is 24/7 Education

Edmodo has been a transformative educational tool for my students and me. It has revolutionized my teaching and my learning. Edmodo has changed the way I share digital content with my classes and the way I share with and learn from other educators from around the globe. With edmodo, I can provide content with students for the days they are absent, offer enrichment activities, assign and collect homework, quizzes and projects all without printing a single page. Edmodo has also provided the means for me to deliver a lesson on days that I have not physically been in class. To do this, I used SchoolTube’s embed feature paired with edmodo to share videos I’ve recorded for lessons.

edmodo

Edmodo allows you to share virtually anything. In the past semester, I have used edmodo to share videos tutorials and guides for student projects, songs I’ve made to go with units, a VoiceThread project for students to add their voice, websites, polls, delicious stacks, vokis, prezis, glogs, SchoolTube videos and an exit survey. Edmodo offers a rewards system with badges for students and teachers as well as a “sharing score” for teachers. With every item a teacher shares, they gain a point. This is my favorite feature!

Sharing is caring...and with Edmodo it's EASY!!!

Sharing is caring…and with Edmodo it’s EASY!!!

Furthermore, edmodo has completely changed the way I collaborate and connect with teachers from around the world. This free educational tool has opened up opportunities to connect my classes with native speakers of French and Spanish from Canada, Argentina and Spain. Last week we spent our last minutes of class connecting with a classroom in Argentina via skype. Next year, this group of Argentinian students will be connecting with my Spanish II students for a year long exchange. We will use the versatility of an edmodo group to share VoiceThreads, SchoolTube videos and other various cloud-based projects with one another.

Edmodo has helped me grow as an educator thanks to the World Language community and other various Professional Development and technology groups I participate in on a regular basis. Edmodo is a virtual conference room of educators sharing ideas, resources and helping each other out. I am amazed at the generosity and expertise of the educators who have chosen to call this venue “home.” Also, I am delighted with the “Spanish Teacher Share” group that I created in order to share resources and ideas more efficiently. In this group alone, we have almost 200 members who have shared over 60 folders full of hundreds of Spanish language learning resources, just waiting to be used in classrooms around the world. There simply is no better way out there to connect, communicate and collaborate. Edmodo is 24/7 education for teachers and students alike.

Students have benefitted from the 24/7 access to library items. I have organized our digital library on edmodo into unit folders that include language learning videos, PowerPoints, websites and other pertinent files and links for that particular topic. With just a click of a button, students have access to resources I have created and collected from my generous edmodo (and twitter) PLN. Students also take advantage of edmodo’s “backpack” feature that eliminates the need for thumb drives as it allows you to store files in the cloud.

I have learned that students have been spending their free time on edmodo. One of their favorite things to do is to log into edmodo and then go directly to view our SchoolTube videos of various French and Spanish classes here at Marcellus. They enjoy watching themselves and others learning, singing, presenting and dancing in French and Spanish class. On an exit survey for Exploratory Language, one out of every three seventh graders answered that edmodo was among the best tools we used during the year for language learning. This choice was in direct competition with other popular strategies such as singing, dancing and playing games. Some students have expressed this love of edmodo in their public posts on our wall and in private messages to me that have read “I love edmodo.” On the exit survey, students stated that they enjoyed edmodo because you could login on your own time and pick and choose the resources you wanted to use while learning at your own pace.

goanimate

This year’s projects have allowed students to tap into their creative side as they have written stories, songs, dialogues, created games and made videos of their daily routines. After using their creativity to make their projects, students were taught how to use embed code to share projects such as glogs, GoAnimates and vokis. They also learned how to upload files such as PowerPoints and how to post links to VoiceThreads. I created our groups this year by subject and therefore whenever students share their content on edmodo, it reaches a wider audience than if it were just presented in class. Additionally, some students have been able to share their video projects globally via the use of SchoolTube. The pairing of SchoolTube with edmodo has allowed me to use student-generated videos as content for written discussions on our “wall” and even as a component on edmodo assignments. Students are assigned a student video to watch, then asked questions which they answer and submit using edmodo’s assignment feature.

Voki

Students have gained choice in their learning and have gained knowledge about various online tools for self-learning. I believe that learning how to create videos and how to use cloud-based tools will prove useful for future class projects across the curriculum. This year’s wider range of cloud-based projects has provided students with more chances for creativity while edmodo has given us a wider audience. If I were to choose the one innovation that has provided the largest overall student benefit and has proven to be the biggest motivator for student achievement and excellence, it would be the expansion of our target audience. This year’s student work has proven to be the best of my career. Now that students have created exemplary projects that can be shared as examples next year, I believe there is no limit as to how far the students at Marcellus Central Schools will climb! Thanks to edmodo, we will be sharing our journey with an amazing global community of teachers and their students!

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UPDATE: We currently have close to 1,000 members in the Spanish Teacher Share group! There are over 150 teacher shared folders with thousands of free resources for all members to use! I’d like to say a very special “GRACIAS” to all who have shared your links and resources with us all in this group!!! Edmodo Spanish Teacher Share ROCKS!!! If you are a Spanish teacher looking to grow your PLN, join edmodo and connect with the most generous, hard-working group of Spanish educators I have ever had the pleasure of knowing! Once your edmodo account has the “verified teacher” badge, use this link to join!

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20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emilia Carrillo
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 08:56:19

    WOW Audrey! I am glad I’ll be using Edmodo next year. Your ideas and uses of the platform are endless. Thanks for sharing them! I would love to be one of the world classes that connects with yours. I can’t wait to connect and collaborate through Edmodo next year.

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  2. Peace Through Language Club
    Jun 15, 2012 @ 10:38:20

    Next year is going to be so much fun for us and our students!! Can’t wait, Emilia!!!

    Reply

  3. Diana
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 01:00:50

    I’m looking forward to using Edmodo with my classes next year. I hope to implement some of your great ideas Audrey!

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  4. Urska
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 13:12:51

    I just started using edmodo and plan to use it for my grade 4 and 5 French classes. i am also grade 4 class teacher but i am not sure that i can communicate things to parents as a class teacher – what do you think? does a class teacher group makes sense?

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    • Peace Through Language Club
      Jun 19, 2012 @ 11:15:59

      Salut Urska!
      Edmodo has an awesome “parent” feature. For each group you make for classes, you can invite parents in so that you can communicate with them via edmodo. I have yet to explore this feature in depth, however, it looks like an amazing way to connect with parents and I hope to use it more next year!

      Please connect with me in Edmodo and make sure to join the French Teachers group where we are sharing folders full of resources! My club will also be creating resources (and eventually a public edmodo group) that would be appropriate for the age group you are teaching.

      Best of luck and see you inside Edmodo!

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  5. Andrea Fanjoy (@afanjoy)
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 11:06:15

    So glad to have found you on Twitter, Audrey! Thanks for sharing so much detail on your experience. I’ve passed it on to our teachers, who have just started getting their feet wet.

    Now, how to connect via Edmodo…

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    • Peace Through Language Club
      Jun 19, 2012 @ 11:23:23

      Bonjour Andrea!
      So nice to connect with you, too. It’s exciting for me to hear about your school and your success with AIM (not that I’m surprised) and your new adoption of edmodo. It’d be great to connect with your teachers on edmodo…especially those who are using AIM. I created a group for AIM on edmodo. Once people have created an account they can use this hyperlink to join the AIM group: http://edmodo.com/join/c0043c093b2c814c77af98a4afc39c17

      To connect with me on edmodo, log in, then look at the top of your edmodo home page. You will see the “edmodo” icon and next to it a “search” area. Type “Audrey Misiano” into the search (or any teacher’s name for that matter), then click on my picture. This will bring you to my edmodo profile. To the right of the screen, you will see a button that reads “add connection.” Press this button, then you will wait for me to approve you as a connection. Then we can send each other direct messages and posts! Hope this helps and I hope to connect with you soon!

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  6. Orlando Falvo
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 15:44:22

    Solid work Audrey.You are right about education being 24/7. Using your blog as a guide, I hope to further explore Edmodo’s uses for my classes and add it as another tool along side Google Docs.

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  7. Gupteswar Rao
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 20:42:12

    A great collaborative and connecting tool for educators & teachers. I am fortunate to attend the Edmodocon-2012 and got benefited immensely…

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  9. Riky
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 05:50:55

    I am glad I’ll be using Edmodo next year. I hope to implement some of your great ideas Audrey!

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  11. Mrs. Jeanette Perez
    Jun 01, 2013 @ 19:34:49

    Hi and greetings from Puerto Rico! I was @ a NETS workshop yesterday and found out about EDMODO; they encourged us to make our own teacher’s page and begin creating groups for the upcoming school year. I am so excited!
    I am their 5th-9th grade English teacher but I am also incharge of the school’s web page. Is there a way we can make an EDMODO profile for the school?
    Any other tips you may have would be excellent!
    Thanks again for sharing! Happy teaching! 😉

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    • Peace Through Language Club
      Jun 03, 2013 @ 00:18:48

      Hola Jeanette!
      Welcome to Edmodo. You will find it is a VERY giving, supportive community! A great place to grow your PLN, for sure! It is hands down, my favorite online space!

      I believe schools usually create a “domain” with Edmodo and then the teachers create their own class groups. I do recommend you ask your question on the support wall, though. Once you log in, look to the bottom left of your screen for “communities” and you’ll find the red support icon with a question mark. Click it, then ask your question to the support wall.

      As for other tips? Definitely think ahead. Plan what you will share with students and organize your folders with well-labeled folders. Start uploading your files to your folders in your library if you want to get a feel for the system. Also, check out my edmodo “help” folder!

      Welcome again to this amazing space! See you there!

      Reply

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