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Why I Started Using Edmodo
I was introduced to Edmodo at the beginning of the school year during professional development. At the time, I had already been utilizing several other online resources and I wasn’t ready to get started with Edmodo. However, at the end of this school year, I realized I needed two things for the summer that the other tools couldn’t provide:
- A way to communicate with AP biology students for assigned summer work
- Feedback on my first flipped classroom attempts.
As I looked around and thought about how I could solve these two problems, Edmodo came to mind.
Preparing Students For the New Year
I plan to use Edmodo daily for all classes next year so at the end of the school year I created groups for all my classes. I handed out a course syllabus to students, including the group code they needed to join the group, and I’ve already started to prepare my AP Biology students by posting summer work in their group.
There is an assumption that AP Biology students will have some background in chemistry, biochemistry, and cell biology. I would hate to start teaching class believing that assumption is true, so I’m using Edmodo to help student review these topics before the new year begins.
Even though students are not in school, and I will be traveling throughout the summer, I can continue to post new content, communicate with students, and answer any questions that arise through our Edmodo group.
In addition to using Edmodo for summer work, I have spent countless hours working on one unit for my flipped classroom next year. I asked my coworkers for feedback, but wanted as much help as possible before proceeding further.
Over the summer I’ve posted regularly in the communities on Edmodo and have had the most wonderful feedback. I feel like I have a huge chance to “do it right” from this point on.
In the two months I’ve used Edmodo it has proven to be a priceless (yet amazingly…free) tool for my professional development and student communication.