The Power of Edmodo and Small Groups
Posted by: Bobby Brian Lewis
Just one student can change your life. One visually-impaired student and Edmodo changed my teaching. I have been using Edmodo for several years, but not until this year did I realize its power. Why did I choose Edmodo for my class and Armondo? It’s a safe learning platform, allows for the integration of multimedia tools, is great for differentiated instruction, and acts as a one stop shop for my classes.
Armondo is a visually-impaired student that is very independent. I gave Armondo the Group Code for my Group (6th grade computers) on Edmodo. He logged on with the help of his aid. I soon realized that I would have to change the way that I was teaching. Armondo was logged in, but I realized that most of the assignments I posted on Edmodo were visual lessons with visual clues. Edmodo would be the glue that would link us together.
I created a Small Group for Armondo (Small Group name: Number One) under the main group for my class, where I post videos and audio files for his assignments. I was also able to link his account to apps on Edmodo. He submits his assignments in texts, videos, and audio files, which is the beauty of Edmodo. He loves music, so our new project involves creating PowerPoint files with music embedded.
Armondo sends me questions and messages using Edmodo’s safe learning platform. The first message I got from him was back in October. I replied back, “What device are you using?” He said,” the Edmodo app on my iPad.” We formed a teacher-student bond using Edmodo. I expect and usually get a message from him every night around 8:00 pm.
Wow, technology is a great tool for education. I feel very blessed because Armondo asked to take my class again for the last nine weeks of this school year. Armondo and I are continuing to learn how to use Edmodo to help with his learning and my teaching.