Hurricane Sandy has had a devastating effect on many communities on the East Coast. Over the past week we’ve heard from teachers looking for ways to connect their students with other classrooms to share their experiences. We’ve also seen teachers in Edmodo Communities looking for new resources in the absence of text books, or sharing relevant resources (assignments and infographics), as well as teachers looking to offer aid. It’s great to see educators coming together and helping each other.
Earlier this week, we received the following letter from a teacher in New Jersey whose community had been struck by Hurricane Sandy. We wanted to share this note with all of you:
Via Kristen Siegler:
“Edmodo has been a powerful tool that I’ve used to maintain in contact with my students since the hurricane. We’ve been out of school for over a week now, and won’t expect to return until next Tuesday. Most of my students, including myself, still do not have electricity and have been evacuated from our homes. Some of my students are in a shelter in Newark. Our school has not been open, and doesn’t have power yet. It has also been unsafe for many of our students to walk outside in the neighborhoods due to the flooding, trees down, and power line cables exposed.
That has not stopped our learning though. Many of my students have Edmodo downloaded onto their phone or a parent’s phone, or have a tablet/laptop at home, or via a neighbor. I have a few students who have been making the trek to the library to have access to a computer to log on.
Edmodo has been one way that we’ve been checking in with each other. Last week during our week “off” due to the hurricane damage, many of my students reached out to me asking if we could reschedule our tech class and hold it via Edmodo, which I did!
What I value about edmodo is that kids are able to access it within a safe and easy to use framework via website or app, parents value the safety and security of the website compared to FB and Twitter, and I can continue teaching through it, even during the aftermath of a major hurricane. I wish that the majority of all my students at home had electricity yet alone online access to log onto Edmodo, however, given the restraints, it is amazing to see how this tool is being used to connect students with teachers in time of need, and to provide a means to continue instruction when schools are not physically open.
I hope this email inspires you, and others from the incredible Edmodo team, to continuing working as hard as they do. You all are making an impact, especially during a time where it is critical to be connected to others.”
Thank you Kristen for taking the time to share this message with us. It’s an inspiration to hear how you’ve continued student learning in these unfavorable conditions.