Teacher Story Webinar, Featuring Robert Miller: Thursday, Sep 30, 2010 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT
Edmodo has become the anchor for his classroom’s online experience. He has gone on to advocate Edmodo to other teachers and his students have gone on to tell their 6th grade teachers about their favorite online school tool.
You can read Robert’s testimonial below and then stop in to our special event webinar this Thursday, Sep 30, 2010 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT to hear from him directly and watch him demo his classroom’s use of Edmodo live.
An Elementary School Edmodo Success Story
September 27, 2010 // by Robert Miller
Last year’s introduction of Edmodo to my 5th grade class was a success. I can say this as many of my past students who have moved on to middle school asked to retain a group feed to keep in touch with other peers who moved on to other schools… in addition to introducing their new 6th grade teachers to their favorite online school tool!
I first discovered Edmodo referenced on my Twitter feed and after reading the homepage and researching other teachers’ usage, I knew immediately that Edmodo would be an anchor in my classroom’s online experience. Today, Edmodo is my main aggregate for both classroom communication (both with me and with student peers) and the collaborative portal for homework and projects.
With this year’s new teacher connection feature, even I am able to collaborate with other faculty and like-interest teachers outside my school in ways that surpass linear email. I encourage you to continue or start to share your best practices!
Here are some of mine:
- Many Language Arts programs are using Literature Circles… Have you ever thought about creating an online component? Although I believe the face-to-face discussion is the most exciting way to share a great book, some students just cannot wait until the next day and often they share a few thoughts the night before in their private Edmodo Lit Circle Group… Each group-of-four loves to have their own private room. Edmodo as even created “Small Groups” (groups-within-a-group) that give yet another option when having small group discussions.
- Here’s one that I gleaned from the Edmodo Group: Create a “Recess” Group that will draw in your less-than-motivated students. This is a room that they can do their “chat posts.” My students and I have set prior parameters for such a group and I have found that some will log in for the Recess Group but stay for my actual content and peer collaboration.
- Many times, I create and post the rubric for a project to demonstrate mastery of a concept as an assignment. How or what web tool a student will use is a choice they are given. Edmodo is a platform where my students can embed their final product for submission… saving me from logging into their chosen tool to view. The icing on the cake is you can even choose Edmodo to score and privately post a student’s grade! Before turning a project in, students can choose to share and collaborate with classmates in one location… I love it!
- I am teaching my students proper digital netiquette by making myself accessible in the evenings with Direct Messaging. We discuss what is important to interrupt me after school and what can wait until the next day. If a student has a burning or important query/issue, that student may “DM” me knowing that I am going to receive a text message immediately of their post. They can expect a response soon thereafter. This function has solved delays, deadlines, and parental questions and alleviates disruption and the flow/progress of the next morning’s routine. Students who DM me with frivolous or irresponsible questions (“Mr. Miller, what page was the math HW?”) are addressed personally in the morning.
I look forward to reading and sharing ideas with other teachers who are enhancing collaboration within and outside of their classroom. What a tool that can be used throughout a student’s school career… the sooner the better!