Teacher Spotlight: Valeria Foarce, Godwin Middle School
Posted by: Lucia Giacomantonio
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Valeria Foarce is a World Language teacher at Godwin Middle School in Woodbridge, Virginia.
3 Things I Love About Edmodo
- Less Paper - I don’t need to carry hundreds of papers with me all the time.
- Feedback Loop - I’m able to give personalized feedback to students and keep parents in the loop, because they have direct access to their children’s class activity and grades in Edmodo.
- Connectedness - As a department chair, Edmodo gives me flexibility to meet and share information with my colleagues, provide professional development, and access to resources. The biggest problem that Edmodo solves is the fact that we can meet virtually even if our planning times are different.
Organizing Student Communication with Groups
Edmodo Groups allow many students to work on different things at the same time, based on their interests and ability, with effective monitoring and instant feedback features.
As a World Language teacher, I am always interested in exposing my students to the elements of culture of those countries whose language we study. This is why I created a “French Trivia” Group in which I post a question every day and the first student who answers correctly receives a badge. I bring painting, music, literature, and fun facts into the online discussion.
Edmodo allows me to encourage students to search for information, rather than rely on information provided directly by the teacher. My “Best Books Club” Group allows students to share information about books they read at home and about which they think others might find interesting.
Engaging Students with Apps
My students like the Connections app (created by Bongo LLP) in French and English. There are many other apps, such as GoAnimate, which I would like to use in the future. Just the idea of having an Apps store makes Edmodo a modern eLearning platform.
Advice For New Edmodo Teachers
Beware, Edmodo is addictive! Once you learn what you can do with it, you won’t imagine yourself or your students without it. It is convenient, a great way to organize things, to maximize all your students’ learning, and to create a flipped classroom. You don’t need to be in a hurry to do everything from the beginning. Make Edmodo a part of your classroom routine and you will be an expert soon.