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 EdmodoCon schedule to see when you’ll be able to catch these talented folks live!
Kate Baker is a high school English teacher at Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin, New Jersey. She will be presenting with another featured EdmodoCon speaker, Liz Calderwood, and their presentation is entitled, “Classroom Gymnastics: Flipping, BYOD, & Blended Learning with Edmodo.” Says Kate “I’m very excited to present at EdmodoCon 2013, as well as learn from other educators around the globe. I can’t wait to meet the people who have transformed my educational practices and see the behind the scenes at Edmodo headquarters. “
Kate recommends participating in EdmodoCon as a viewer, too, noting that last year’s event inspired idea generation for her:
“Watching last year’s presenters inspired me to think beyond the obvious uses for Edmodo as a virtual classroom and get more involved with the online community.”
What problems does Edmodo help you solve as an educator?
What doesn’t Edmodo solve? Between mobile and 1:1 access, my students and I communicate, collaborate, turn in assignments, grade, and complete projects together and with other students around the country and globe. Content and resources are organized, paperless, and constantly accessible to my students. Grading time for me has been greatly diminished, and I have student performance data at my fingertips.
What is your favorite feature?
I can’t pick one! I love it all – small groups, quizzes, embedding, assignments, calendars and connecting globally with others!
What is an interesting project or unique example of how you’re using Edmodo in the classroom?
This past winter, my students (in NJ) worked with a student teacher in Canada via Edmodo ( http://kbakerbyodlit.blogspot.com/2013/04/guest-post-online-mentoring-via-edmodo.html).
Edmodo is the hub of my flipped classroom. It is the center from which all activities, links, and resources radiate.
How can teachers use Edmodo for professional learning?
Edmodo is excellent for finding teachers to network with in one’s subject area. The Language Arts community is such a valuable place for me to generate ideas and collaborate with others. From finding a global audience to comment on student work, to online teacher training, to having an audience to share my blog, my professional learning on Edmodo has positively contributed to my teaching practices.
What advice would you give a new Edmodo teacher?
Explore Edmodo and all the uses for your classes by creating a test student account using your pet’s name and a test parent account using your home email address so you can see all that Edmodo has to offer. Then, share, share, share! Connect and collaborate with other educators and expand the walls of your classroom using Edmodo. Integrating technology and flattening your classroom is easy with Edmodo.