As we gear up for EdmodoCon 2013, we’d like to introduce you to our featured speakers. Over the next week, 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!
Melissa Butler and Elissa Malespina
A dynamic duo from South Orange Middle School (NJ) will be presenting at EdmodoCon on August 7th. Melissa Butler, a language arts teacher, and Elissa Malespina, a library media specialist, will deliver a presentation entitled, “Flattening the Classroom with Edmodo”. During the past year, they have piloted 1:1 computing in their school and have incorporated into their teaching all sort of creative ways to use Edmodo.
Melissa and Elissa (don’t you love how their names rhyme?) are as excited about EdmodoCon as we are, and note, “This year we have presenters from all over the US and around the world to show Edmodo users how this amazing platform is being used in unique ways to build communication and engage learners in taking responsibility for their own education. Edmodo has established itself as a successful learning management system and teachers are inventing new ways to use it to meet their classroom needs.”
Here’s more from this innovative team:
What problems does Edmodo help you solve as an educator?
Edmodo allows us to connect with our students on a personal basis anywhere, anytime. Our students virtually go home with us every night. It also assists with preventing bullying and developing self esteem in our students.
What is your favorite feature?
What is an interesting project or unique example of how you’re using Edmodo in the classroom?
We used Edmodo to backchannel with other schools in our Live Virtual Homework debate via Google Hangout.
We also made a compliments page for our school in which kids send us compliments about classmates via direct messaging, and we post these. It’s completely anonymous and has been really great for boosting morale in our school.
Do you have any favorite Edmodo apps?
Our favorite Apps are Word Roots, Sticky Notes, Flashcards, 6th Grade Writing, Common Core Standards and DOGOnews.
How can teachers use Edmodo for professional learning?
Educators can further develop their PLN by flipping the traditional professional development model and becoming active participants in learning communities. Instead of “sitting and getting” in PD days, Edmodo allows for “anywhere, anytime” learning.
What advice would you give a new Edmodo teacher?
We would suggest that any new teacher interested in giving Edmodo a try should go to Edmodo.com and watch the introductory video or take part in the Edmodo Scavenger Hunt we designed for our school http://www.livebinders.com/play/play/539565
Join us on August 7th for Melissa’s and Elissa’s session and more. Make sure to follow Melissa on Edmodo and on Twitter; her blog can be found here . Elissa has a blog and is on Edmodo and Twitter as well!