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Edmodo was the critical venue for establishing the first flipped classroom at Hilton Head Elementary International Baccalaureate (IB) Class. It was so successful, that next year (2013-14), I’m happy to announce a second IB flipped 5th grade classroom added to our school.
Finding and Sharing Resources
Edmodo not only provides a reliable platform for screencasts, but it has many great features. As a teacher, some of my favorites include:
- Discover – a great way to find new resources
- The Library – awesome for organizing curriculum resources
PYP Exhibition Projects Through Edmodo
For two years now, our Exhibition Projects took root through Edmodo. These projects are the culmination of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP). Throughout the years, students explore personal interests and passions that fuel them to facilitate change by bringing awareness to local and global issues. This gives students the opportunity to demonstrate independence, citizenship, and responsibility with the desire to facilitate global change.
Our Flipped Class PYP Exhibition found its collaborative catalyst with Edmodo. As a grade level, 108 students joined an Edmodo 5th Grade Group/ individual Flipping Class Group. From here our team disseminated information and facilitated student research.
Our Favorite Apps
Student Favs: BrainNook, Classroom Management, Go Animate
Teacher Favs: LearnZillion, PowToon, MobyMax
Advice for Teachers New to Edmodo
Just get in there and play around! Try all the features and see what you can do. Do not feel you must be an expert before introducing it to your students. Just show it to them and say you are all in the learning curve. Students will run with it. Here are a few places to start:
- Have your students sign up right away. You can set them to Read Only until you feel comfortable with the social aspect of Edmodo.
- Find the “Discover” link right away. You will find more support and resources than you could imagine.
- Add resources to your Library. Play with the folders and learn to share Folders with your students.