How to Use Edmodo in the Classroom

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When using tools like social networks with students at school, two main issues often arise. First, many schools block popular social networks such as Twitter and Facebook out of concern for potential inappropriate use. Second, social networks, while useful in connecting people, are not built around the specific needs of schools. Edmodo, however, hopes to change all that. Sometimes called the “Facebook of schools,” Edmodo is a private, safe, and free social network that has several features designed for teachers and students.

Here, library media specialist and tech consultant Jason Bedell how to get started with Edmodo in your classroom:

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  1. Edmodo is a great way to integrate technology into the classroom. I teach Early Childhood Education in a North Carolina high school. My students intern in early childhood settings throughout the week and write their weekly reflections in Edmodo for me to view and respond. I also give my classes specific essay prompts and scenarios for them to write about. What I love most about Edmodo is the fact I can grade their assignments and keep a record of their grades (students can see grades too). As a teacher, I appreciate not having stacks of papers to grade every week. If you are worried about students making inappropriate comments to each other, you can go into settings and select that your students can only communicate with you and not each other. Next school year, I plan to integrate group small group discussions, notes, quizzes, and documents sharing for my students. Give Edmodo a try you will love it!!

  2. I have been using Edmodo in middle school for 2 years now. My students use it to get assignments and turn in assignments. We have used it for blogging but a great feature of the site is that you can turn off the blogging when you don’t want students using it. They can still receive and send assignments to the teacher. I can quickly set up a quiz or a poll with just a few questions and am now testing it out as a way for students to sign in for attendance. As a computer teacher I like my students to do as much of their work online or in programs so this fits perfectly with that concept.

  3. Currently, I use edmodo with a group of principals and teachers leaders. We use it to organize and share thoughts regarding the Ed.D. program we are completing. So far it has proven to be a very useful resource.

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