As we gear up for EdmodoCon 2013, we’d like to introduce you to our featured speakers. Over the next couple of weeks, profiles of our chosen educators will appear in our blog, giving you a chance to learn more about their work and how they are leveraging Edmodo in their classrooms. Register for EdmodoCon here, and check out the full EdmodcoCon schedule to see when you’ll be able to catch these talented folks live!
Kim McMonagle is the Director of Educational Technology for the Douglas County School District (CO). She will be presenting on STEM at EdmodoCon, and she is excited about the event because she enjoys learning from colleagues on how they effectively design collaborative learning opportunities, curate content, and transform teaching and learning in exciting new ways. She specifically is looking for potential global collaborations to help inspire colleagues about what’s possible with educational technology.
Kim also has participated in previous EdmodoCon events and takes what she learns and shares it widely within her district and within her home state of Colorado. Says Kim, “Edmodo is a great platform for social learning and allows teachers to see how they can differentiate learning with Edmodo groups, focusing on students’ passions and skills. We deeply appreciate Edmodo Communities for connecting educators to projects and resources, helping them to solve challenges.”
Kim answered some of our frequently asked questions below.
What problems does Edmodo help you solve as an educator?
Edmodo connects educators through the communities. In our district, we love that we can post requests for collaboration on projects,curtate content, and design learning opportunities that keep the learners in ONE platform. Educators appreciate the built-in gradebook and badges, assessment devices that give timely feedback on learning.
What is your favorite feature?
Communities. I believe in the power of connected educators.
What is an interesting project or unique example of how you’re using Edmodo in the classroom?
At a district level, we use Edmodo with our district and school leaders as a resource sharing space, back channel during monthly meetings and for formative check-ins. By modeling the power of connected learning, many district leaders now use it to continue building professional learning communities with their staff which then trickles down to effective digital learning environments for our learners. I think giving leaders an opportunity to connect and learn in this social learning space is powerful.
What advice would you give a new Edmodo teacher?
Refresh an existing unit giving your learners the opportunity to connect, collaborate, communicate in the face to face classroom as well as in Edmodo.
Post relevant BIG idea questions to ignite rich conversations. Include videos, articles, and reflection starters using Visible Thinking Routines. Be sure to get into the conversations as the facilitator and use the conversations to connect to the classroom instruction in meaningful ways.
Do NOT require responding to posts as assignments that are artificial. You will miss the whole authenticity of the online conversations, exchange of ideas and rich learning.
Join the Edmodo communities.
EdmodoCon Presentation Overview
Edmodo supports educators to design rigorous learning opportunities. Learners can connect and extend their thinking throughout the learning process. In my session we’ll look at how we can design constructivist learning to support rigorous science, math, engineering learning so that our learners are well prepared for any STEM-related career. Join me in sharing what works in education to empower STEM learning.