As we begin the countdown to EdmodoCon on August 6, we’re giving you a sneak peek at what you can expect by introducing you to who will be presenting. Come meet our edtech experts, plan your viewing party, and if you haven’t already, register to attend!
Edmodo That! Unique Ways to Connect and Learn
Wednesday, August 6, 9:30 am–9:45 am PDT
Discover the many layers of Edmodo with Monique Dalli and Jessica McCarthy, who see Edmodo as an onion. With classroom learning at its core, it also has multiple features around it that help create a whole school community approach to online communication and education. Monique and Jessica will demonstrate how Edmodo can be used with students, teachers, parents, greater PLNs, and school districts.
Monique Dalli is the Leader of E-Learning at Gilroy Catholic College in N.S.W, Australia. In this capacity, she coordinates the 1:1 iPad program and technology integration, and teaches as a Technology and Applied Studies faculty member, specializing in Design & Technology, Building & Construction, and Industrial Technology.
Monique’s general philosophy on education is learning should be contextual, experiential, and challenging. Teaching should always meet the needs of diverse learners.
When asked why she wanted to speak at EdmodoCon 2014, Monique replied, “I spoke at the first EdmodoCon in 2011 and had an epic experience. I’ve stayed in touch with passionate teachers that love the challenge of trying new things and have started to use Edmodo as a platform to connect with other teachers by joining and creating teacher groups. The 2011 EdmodoCon experience propelled my teaching practice to new heights and provided me with new opportunities to develop as a teacher. EdmodoCon 2014 is now all about sharing my knowledge and giving back.”
As the very first Edmodo user at her school—and a user of over four years—Monique’s favorite aspects of Edmodo are its Administrator functions and her school community, which are invaluable to her job and school. Any single teacher at any school can start using Edmodo, but when multiple teachers within a school start mimicking each others’ practices and collectively do the same things, their work becomes more streamlined as the technology becomes integrated with the education practice.
Jessica McCarthy is a passionate Visual Arts teacher at Mosman High School in Sydney, Australia, who’s been using Edmodo since 2009. She’s enjoyed transforming her classroom with 1:1 devices and using 21st Century tools to enhance student learning. Jess shares her love of learning as often possible with other teachers because she believes collaboration and creative thinking lead to increased learning and fun in the classroom.
Jessica’s achievements throughout her career include the 2010 NSW Ministers Quality Teaching Award, completing her Masters of Cross-Disciplinary in Art and Design, presenting at ISTE, and presenting at the first EdmodoCon in 2011. She’s also proud of being called Edugeek—a title she’s earned from her students and peers.
When asked why she wanted to speak at EdmodoCon, Jessica replied, “Over the last few years with increased access to technology and the integration of 1:1 devices, I’ve given several Professional Development presentations. I’m passionate about 21st Century pedagogies and realize many teachers are craving inspiration and real examples of how to effectively integrate these into their own classrooms. After presenting at the first EdmodoCon in 2011, I’ve continued to be an avid Edmodo user. As Edmodo has evolved over the last few years, I feel it’s time to re-share the way I use Edmodo so other teachers can add value to their classrooms.”
Jessica’s favorite Edmodo feature is the assignment annotate tool. It allows her to mark students’ work on-the-go and give them instantaneous and in-depth feedback.