3 Ways to Collaborate Using The Co-Teacher Feature

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August 22nd, 2013
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This is a guest post from Peter McAsh, a Computer Studies teacher at St. Marys DCVI in St. Marys, Canada.  If you are interested in contributing to the Edmodo Blog, please complete this form.

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Edmodo supports collaboration in a variety of ways. I’d like to outline three different ways that I’ve used the co-teacher feature to collaborate with teacher colleagues.

Co-Teaching Courses

At St. Marys DCVI, all of the Grade 9 students are required to take an introductory Information Technology course. The benefits of such a course could easily be the topic of another blog post, but we’ll save that for another day!

I teach this intro course along with another teacher. We use Edmodo to coordinate what we teach the students to ensure that they’re all getting the same experience and knowledge. The use of the “co-teacher” feature on Edmodo makes this coordination simple. Here’s how it works:

  • At the start of the school year, I create a group for the class.

  • My co-teacher joins the class, and I assign her as co-teacher.

  • We each create a small group and place our students in that small group. By doing that, we each have access to all of the students, regardless of which teacher has been assigned to them.

  • We post the activities for the class to the full group, and each teacher has access to his/her students by posting to his/her small group.

  • When we post assignments, we generally use the same assignment, but we post it to the small group. This allows each teacher to assess only his/her students.

Our example is for students in the same school. An obvious extension is to have a class and co-teacher in different geographical locations. Also, you are not limited to only two co-teachers.

Collaborating With Mentors & Tutors

In our school, there are students who are mentored by the Special Education Department. For each of my classes in which I had one or more students who were part of that department, I invited the Special Education teacher to be a co-teacher for that class. This allowed the teacher access to class activities and the ability to monitor the progress of the student(s) for whom he/she was responsible.

Sharing Your Edmodo Expertise

I’m all about sharing – some people suggest I share too much! A teacher at another school in our district was interested in what I was doing with my students. Obvious solution – I invited her to be a co-teacher. I made her read-only so that she could only see the activities of the class, but she had no access to the students, thereby maintaining student privacy.

Do you use the co-teacher feature in any other creative ways? Please share in the comments!


3 Responses to “3 Ways to Collaborate Using The Co-Teacher Feature”

  1. Vanita Vance says:

    Thanks for the suggestions, Peter! I, too, have allowed other teachers to become co-teachers in my subject group, but we’ve never collaborated in the ways you suggest. For several years, I was at a school where there were 3 teachers of my subject (PreAP Biology). I moderated the Edmodo group and had each of the other teachers join as co-teachers, but we never realized we had the ability to interact with our individual classes in this way. I will definitely keep these suggestions for collaboration in mind for the future!

  2. isabel says:

    Thanks for the helpful advice. I’m new on Edmodo and I’m running a European project at school. One of our main concerns is to keep our students’ privacy and to be able to have a group with students from different countries and different teachers. I was looking for a way to do it and found your great post.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Phoebe says:

      I teach English privately to groups of Italian students after school and I have groups of second graders through the first years of high school. I just joined Edmodo yesterday and am trying to understand how I can use this to my students’ benefit. I have lots of groups of students and would be interested in the European project. Would you like to consider us in your project. My classes are small (2 to 8 students each).
      Any suggestions on where to get an overview of Edmodo? I joined after hearing about it in a MOOC on K-12 blended learning.

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