More Inspiration: 7 brand new ideas from teachers

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January 17th, 2011
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We admit, this is starting to get a little crazy — every time we ask for ways you use Edmodo in the classroom, we receive new and fresh ideas — seems like you never run out of new ways to use it!  Here are a few more creative ideas from some of our educators:

Pen Pals: I teach in Delaware and use it to communicate with our pen pals in California.We write to each other using pen and paper, but we also have a group we call Pen Pals on Edmodo. Our students post pics and little notes to each other in-between their letter-writing. As a matter of fact, I met the teacher in California when I posted in the [Language Arts] community that I was looking for a 5th grade class to be pen pals with.

Keeping Parents in the Loop: I am using it as an efficient way to keep track of their grades. That saves me the headache because it is online, and now that there are the parent codes, they will be able to take the time to see what their child is getting in class every step of the way.

Make Up Work: I am also using it for absentees. I have a few students who are very rarely in class. I have given their parents all of the textbooks and workbooks necessary and told them how to get on. That way at least they will be able to complete their work even if they are not there. I post assignments, handouts, videos we watched in class if I have a file version, etc…… It is great. Only really started using it this term, but for the few weeks I have been using it, I have no real complaints other than my students don’t have computers with them all the time or else it would be online computer classes all the time with me. My school needs a laptop initiative badly.

Video Commentary: I love that I can post a video and then have kids write comments about the video. We are studying economics right now in my third grade class, so I posted a video about a cherry farmer and the kids had to write the natural, human, and capital resources they spotted while watching the video. Also…my kids LOVED posting their pizza commercials on edmodo, and it was so great to have them all in one spot!

Peer Editing: My kids are doing peer editing, as I have made it a point to have students go back and make sure they have the proper punctuation, capitalization, and grade appropriate spelling. I can’t wait to see what else edmodo will bring for the rest of the year!

Student Council Meetings: I use it as a communication system for my student council (elementary school). I also have a chat area for them to be goofy with each other on the weekends. I have two book clubs that talk about the book when we aren’t together and my next goal is to do a story with holes. In the past my Kindergarten teacher has used it second semester as part of a center.

Yo lo uso para enseñar español: I use the Web2.0 program Vocaroo to have students record prompts and then embed the recording in a note to their edmodo groups. Students then write a response to the prompt. Or I might create an assignment with a vocaroo recording and students have to turn in the assignment with their own vocaroo recording. I’d love it if one day edmodo allows students to reply to notes, etc with html.


5 Responses to “More Inspiration: 7 brand new ideas from teachers”

  1. sbstechteacher says:

    The grade always appears as 2 fields separated by a slash. Why is this and how is it used?

  2. [...] More Inspiration: 7 brand new ideas from teachers | Edmodo – Safe Social Networking for Schools We admit, this is starting to get a little crazy — every time we ask for ways you use Edmodo in the classroom, we receive new and fresh ideas — seems like you never run out of new ways to use it! Here are a few more creative ideas from some of our educators: [...]

  3. Charlene says:

    I really like the idea of posting a video and then kids respond. They can do it at their own pace which will work in my 1:1 laptop class.
    Could you explain how you set up the penpals. Is each pair in their own group? or does everyone participate in a conversation together?

  4. Clark restivo says:

    You should make a remember me button so we don’t have to keep logging in every time. Do this for the app too.

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