Using Edmodo Polls to Run a March Madness Tournament

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April 17th, 2013

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Laura Rahn is a 4th grade teacher at Mountain View Elementary School in Purcellville, VA.

March Madness & Social Studies

In our Social Studies class, we are studying famous Virginians. To help students connect current events and our core content, we ran a March Madness Famous Virginian tournament using Edmodo polls.

George Washington v. Jack Jouett (the Paul Revere of Virginia)

Our teachers have created a bracket system and each day a few new matchups are posted for the students to vote on. It started with our first matchup – George Washington vs. Jack Jouett (the Paul Revere of Virginia) and this week we are down to the “final match” between George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Voting will close on Friday afternoon, as we unveil our Most Valuable Virginian!

Student Engagement

During the tournament students are encouraged to write replies under each poll convincing others to vote for a specific Virginian. Each reply includes a persuasive statement about the reason that they voted as they did.

The bracket is also displayed in our hallway to generate interest and dialogue among the students and also students of other grade levels.

Preparing for State Assessments in May

This activity has provided students with a fun and solid review of the Virginians that we have already learned about this year, as well as a pre-teaching activity for Virginians that have yet to be cover.

Advice for Teachers New to Edmodo

To take your time to investigate all of the features – Edmodo can be overwhelming if you try to do it all at once!  Once you get cranking, check out Spelling City and Sokikom.

2 responses to “Using Edmodo Polls to Run a March Madness Tournament”

  1. Cindy Powell says:

    Wow…what a good idea! I am a tech coach and will share this with lots of teachers…how about black americans, women authors? I’m sure they can think of other subjects to morph this into.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Roger says:

    This read really got my mind rolling with ideas. I love Edmodo and this opened up even more potential. Thanks for sharing Virginia! I also teach 4th grade in Michigan.

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