Edmodo Featured in the Huffington Post

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February 21st, 2013

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We’re excited to share with you an article published in the Huffington Post today featuring Edmodo!

Author C. M. Rubin interviewed Edmodo COO, Crystal Hutter as well as Edmodo educators, Jennifer Bond of Walled Lake, Michigan, and Bianca Hewes of Sydney, Australia.

The article gives a glimpse at how Edmodo is being used to augment what’s happening in classrooms and helping to connect millions of educators around the globe. A few notable quotes:

Think Facebook with a big educational vision that focuses on using many unique technology features to augment what’s already happening in the classroom. New ideas are often introduced and expanded by teachers themselves at the company’s annual teacher conference; the last one brought together 12,000 professionals from 117 countries.

Jennifer Bond, a 3rd grade teacher at Walled Lake Consolidated Schools in Walled Lake, Michigan, has been using Edmodo extensively for years and says she likes it because it is “education minded”. Jennifer is actively involved in the Edmodo Global Read Aloud, which she says “can be challenging with time zones and scheduling video conferences, but the pros are that the kids have the opportunity to connect with kids from all over the world and gain new perspectives.”

“Edmodo is a social network with training wheels,” says Bianca. “By introducing it at a young age, teachers are able to develop the habits of the mind that are essential for students to be good digital citizens. Students learn to use appropriate language, to speak kindly and with compassion, to be supportive rather than critical, and to ask thoughtful questions.”

Read the full article: The Global Search for Education: Social Learning 

We’d love to hear about how Edmodo has played a role in how you teach. Share your thoughts in the comments below!

2 responses to “Edmodo Featured in the Huffington Post”

  1. David DeRosa says:

    We first started using Edmodo in the fall of 2011. Since then the number of different ways that we use the tool has grown significantly (It started out as a free replacement for homework now… We had no idea it would grow to be such an integral part of our day-to-day learning environment). We use it as an internal communication tool between teachers, a social network for students, a communication tool for parents, a professional learning network launching point for our staff, a framework for online distribution of blended learning, a scheduling tool for our co-teaching initiative and the answer to what to do with students who bring their own digital devices to class. These BYO devices can be seamlessly integrated into the day-to-day lesson planning of our teachers. In fact there are new discoveries for how to use Edmodo in our school at least every month if not each week! Another example I forgot to mention comes from our English department. They are using the ability to post assignments and students submit that assignment for feedback and assessment for learning without paper ever exchanging hands. It works both for students and the teacher in terms of time, flexibility and choice of when and where to ‘work’. I almost forgot another use, our outdoor education Academy utilizes Edmodo as a blog/diary of their activities when they’re outside of the school. Okay, I forgot another one… 😉 Our shop teachers are now using it as a repository for safety videos. Students are able to review safety features of different machinery prior to demonstrating their ability to use machines safely. I’ll stop now …! @Principaldd

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