Creating an International Book Club With Edmodo

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February 19th, 2013

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This is a guest post from Sandy Brand, Library Media Specialist at Sparkman Middle School in Toney, Alabama.  If you are interested in contributing to the Edmodo Blog, please complete this form.

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Connecting Students in Alabama and France

One of the things I love to do is to connect students in Alabama with other students around the world. This year, for the first time, I have the opportunity to connect some of my middle school students (grades 6-8) with students of the same age in Renaison, France.

I met my French counterpart, Christelle, through my PLN on Twitter. When we first began talking about what we wanted to do, we liked the idea of an “international book club.” However, since we knew that we would have quite a few students participating, across three grade levels, organization and security were major factors. The solution? Edmodo!

Learning About More Than Just Books

I set up a separate classroom for each grade level and shared the link with Christelle. We then shared the group codes with the students who are participating in the book club. At the end of the first week, we had over 100 students signed up and actively participating!

In addition to discussing their favorite books, the students also talk about music and hobbies. They compare and contrast what life is like in North Alabama with what life is like in rural Renaison, France. The students enjoy communicating with each other so much that they log on to Edmodo from home at night and on the  weekends so that they don’t miss anything!

Creating A Memorable Experience Through Edmodo

Unfortunately, most of my students will probably never have the opportunity to travel to France. However, through Edmodo, they have made new friends who are teaching them how to speak a little French; they see real pictures and video of life in Renaison; and, they are able to do the same in return about our corner of Alabama. Most importantly though, 100 teenagers are learning that although separated by an ocean, they really are alike.

If you want to make similar connections, my advice would be to get involved on social media. Edmodo and Twitter are excellent resources for educators to meet and exchange ideas!

Have you made global connections on Edmodo? Share your story in the comments!

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