A consistent message we hear from the Edmodo community is that your Professional Learning Network is critical to both your professional success and personal satisfaction as an educator. To support you in creating your PLN, this week’s release focuses on new ways to connect, collaborate and share a bit of yourself with the Edmodo community. International translations are on the way, but new updates in the coming days include:
Enhanced Teacher Profile — the first step to building your Edmodo Professional Learning Network (PLN):
About Me: Do you teach third grade and chair the Geography Bee? Are you a constructivist or a behaviorist? Do you blog or tweet? Use this space to share your life as an educator, in your own words.
Teaching Experience: If you’ve added your current school to the Settings section, it will now display on the profile map. After you’ve added your current school – share other schools you’ve worked at as well. It’s a small world — you never know the long lost connections you’ll discover!
DonorsChoose: Shine a light on your DonorsChoose projects! Using your DonorsChoose teacher ID, you can easily add your project to your profile.
Connections & Communities: See at a glance Edmodo educators with whom you are connected, communities you’ve joined and track various ways you are engaging students and growing professionally with Edmodo.
Profile Stats: Watch your Edmodo portfolio grow with a dashboard view of your Edmodo activities, including:
- Students: Number of students in groups you have created or co-teach.
- Teacher Connections: Number of teacher connections
- Library Items: Number of items added directly to your library + Number of items added via “Add to Library” buttons
- Sharing Score: See how often the resources you’ve shared are added to libraries and viewed by other users
Profile Completeness Progress Bar: Leverage the full value of Edmodo and build your PLN by completing your Teacher Profile, creating groups, connecting with educators and joining edmodo subject and content communities.
In addition to Teacher Profiles, we have released a number of updates that will help you manage your Edmodo groups more effectively, including:
New Group Members in Spotlight: You can now see how many new members have joined your group directly in your spotlight. For even closer management of your groups, set your notifications to receive an email or text when someone joins.
Late Assignments Notification: To help students get back on track, they will now receive a ‘late assignment’ notification in their Spotlight for up to two weeks after the assignment due date.
Add Content Directly to Folders: Planning a unit of study just got easier – you can now add content directly into a folder. When you are in a folder, simply select the “Add to Library” button to add new content.
We’ve also rolled out a few minor items that will improve your overall user experience. We hope you find these valuable – as always, please let us know your thoughts on the newest release!