A View from the District with Andy McKiel:
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve seen and heard the buzz everywhere – blog posts, tweets & Edmodo communities are chock-full of mentions of the upcoming summer holidays. While I, too, am counting down the days until the end of the 2010/2011 school year, my excitement isn’t building quite as quickly – if anything, my envy is escalating!
From what I’ve read within the Blogosphere and the Twitterverse, it seems that most of my American counterparts will wrap up their school year at the end of this week, if they haven’t already done so. To all of my friends & colleagues in the U.S. of A. who are ready to shift gears and enter into a much-deserved holiday… enjoy it to the fullest 🙂
Up here in Canada, our school year stretches out a little longer – our schools don’t close their doors until June 30th. This means that we still have a solid month left to work with our students and there’s a great deal of teaching and learning yet to take place in our classrooms and schools. Our teachers have several more weeks to dig a little deeper with some of the big ideas that have been taught, and our students will have many more opportunities to demonstrate their learning. And I would suspect that a lot of our teachers and students will want to incorporate Edmodo into their plans for the month of June.
Those of you who have been following my Monday ‘View From The District’ blog posts know that I’m in the process of implementing Edmodo within my school district. Many of the teachers within my district have discovered great ways to use Edmodo on their own, by sharing ideas with colleagues, and by joining several of the amazing Communities within Edmodo. But you and I both know that you can never offer an educator too many good ideas 😉
So, my Edmodo blog post this week is more a request than anything else. Before you launch into your summer holidays, whenever and wherever they may be, I’d like to ask a small favour of you. I’m hoping that many of you will be willing to share just one little Edmodo tidbit with me so that I can pass some of your great tips and tricks onto the teachers within my school district.
If you could take just one minute to answer the following question by leaving a comment, I’d really appreciate it – and so will a whole bunch of Canadian teachers who are still plugging away in their classrooms for a few more weeks…
If a teacher in your school asked you why they should start using Edmodo with their students, what would you say?