Earlier this month, we introduced you to Shannon McClintock Miller, super teacher-librarian and a huge fan of giving students access to technology in education. Shannon uses Edmodo in her district’s library in so many creative ways, we had to turn her story into a two-part series in order to share three more of her recommendations:
1) Banding Together
When Shannon saw how making rainbow loom bracelets brought joy to her students, she wondered how she could spread this happiness to less fortunate kids. And so, Banding Together was born, a partner project Shannon started with In This Together Media.
What began with a small group of third graders creating tokens of friendship, hope, and happiness is now an enormous collection of rainbow loom bracelets, students from various grade levels and countries, new pen pals, and an Edmodo Group dedicated to the project. The first batch of bracelets and letters will be sent to an orphanage in Managlore, India. Anyone can join the project—the more, the better.
“The orphanage in India is just the first stop of our journey in making a difference in children’s lives around the world,” Shannon wrote on her blog. “The new Edmodo community will be the perfect place to connect, to communicate, and to change the world.”
2) Multi-Media Book Clubs
Shannon’s combined love of reading and technology recently inspired a group of second grade girls to ask for help starting a book club. It’s important to them that the books selected are also produced as a movie, so they can enjoy and discuss both formats.
To add to their experience, Shannon is encouraging each member to discover the different ways they can use Edmodo for the book club. So far, their ideas include posting reading lists, sharing discussion topics and comments, and posting the book club’s meeting time/place. We love hearing stories about kids getting together on a Friday night to discuss books and reading, and Shannon anticipates this catching on school-wide.
3) Summer Reading Contests
With the end of the school year approaching, Shannon is already setting up reading contests to keep kids reading over the summer. A few years ago, Shannon made summer reading more fun by co-hosting Silly Summerstakes, a program for students to take photos of themselves reading, writing, and communicating in crazy and silly places. The students got to see each other’s photos over the summer and the top four craziest photos received a prize when they returned from summer break.
If you’d like to do the same for your own classroom, create a Group for each grade level where you can collect suggested reading lists, post questions to inspire discussion, and set and track student goals. It’s a fun way for classmates to collaborate on a common topic and stay in touch.
Do you have ideas for using Edmodo in your library or other learning areas outside of the classroom? Share in the comments section below, or in the Edmodo Communities.