Principal David DeRosa Shares How Edmodo Has Made His School a Community

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March 15th, 2013

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David DeRosa is the Principal of JL Crowe Secondary,  a grade 8-12 school in Trail, BC, Canada.

Connect with David on Edmodo or follow him @principaldd

A Framework for School Community

As Principal of a grade 8-12 school, I have the the unique opportunity to see an exceptionally broad perspective of how Edmodo has become our ‘go to’ tool.

Despite the ubiquitous nature of  hand held digital devices (HHDDs) and the multitude of online social and professional communities, educators and educational leaders typically struggle to find relevant learning connections and uses for these powerful tools in schools.

Edmodo is a safe social network for students, and we use it as the bigger-picture framework for our school community to coordinate, integrate and effectively implement digital literacy innovations. Some of our innovations include:

  • Support for school-level communication between educators (PVP, teaching, counseling and education assistants)
  • Communication with parents
  • Professional development (PLNs)
  • Distribution of blended learning activities online
  • Promotion and scheduling of co-teaching initiatives

Edmodo is also the platform we encourage students, who bring their own digital devices to class, to use.

I discovered Edmodo in 2011,  and I find more effective uses for it weekly. Our next step is to use Edmodo to coordinate our school-wide course registration process and to provide both guidance and support for our new students transitioning into high school. In the future, we want to find ways to deliver information to students and parents via their mobile devices (HHDDs).

Our Favorite Edmodo Features

  • Organizing lessons on Edmodo let’s parents, students and peer tutors access the lesson before, during or after it happens at their own pace depending on the needs of the learner.
  • Embedding video and slides with apps like and Timeline TV.
  • Assigning writing assignments with Edmodo makes it impossible for students to lose homework

Advice for Teachers Getting Started With Edmodo

Find a way to connect with another experienced Edmodo user through Edmodo’s PLN resources and take a full day to grow professionally. Edmodo can work for teachers the way teachers want and need it to work.

2 responses to “Principal David DeRosa Shares How Edmodo Has Made His School a Community”

  1. C.S. Stone says:

    I am leading a group of teachers in my building as we set up a building wide professional learning community. We are a 6-12 building and will be piloting this over the summer for the 6 – 8. We want to add blog rss feeds, and twitter. About half of the middle school currently uses Edmodo in their classrooms and therefore have accounts.

    I love how you’ve used Edmodo to connect the teachers. Do you think this platform would be appropriate for a PLC or should we consider setting up shop on a separate site?

  2. yasmin says:

    I personally think is appropriate for a PLC platform.

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