Creating “small groups” within your main Edmodo group is a great way to help manage and organize your classroom activities. There are two ways that small groups can be used in Edmodo. We’ve outlined both below and highlighted some example uses for each. We’ve also included a few images in a slideshow at the end of the post. For more information on how to set up small groups, visit the Edmodo Help Center.
Using small groups for project or team-based activities – In these examples, all members of your group are divided into small groups. You can specify which students you want added to each small group you create. By placing students in small groups, they can discuss their thoughts, share resources and collaborate on classroom activities in their private small group (and you as the teacher can still oversee their activity). This can also be a great way to differentiate instruction and learning. Examples of using small groups for project or team based activities include:
- Literature circle groups
- Project based learning
- Peer review groups
- Lab groups
Using small groups to organize posts within your main group – In these examples, all members of the main group are added to each small group you create. This is a simple way to organize classroom activities by project, unit of study, modules or discussion threads. Examples of using small groups to organize posts include:
- Discussion topics- Anytime you want to start a new discussion topic, create a new small group to help keep posts related to that discussion organized. Tagging is another great option for this.
- Course delivery – Utilizing small groups and shared folders, you can set up a course by week or module. Watch our in-action video to learn more about Edmodo for course delivery.
If you have any other creative uses for small groups, please share them in the comments.