Edmodo Presentation for MSA Conference

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Edmodo Presentation for MSA Conference

  1. 1. If you have a device and an Edmodo account you can log on and join our MSA group with this group code: huzjwr
  2. 2.  Go to www.edmodo.com  Create a teacher account  Obtain your school code  Upload a picture and create a profile
  3. 3.  Create a group for each class or subject.  You will see the “create” option under the “group” menu on the left sidebar.  Once you create the group, you will receive a group code.  Your students will enter this group code to join your group.
  4. 4.  Student usernames and passwords can be obtained from the Office of Technology.  Students will need to enter these, as well as their first and last names, and the group code to create their account.  An email address is not required.  User names and passwords can be put on index cards or displayed by classroom computers for future access.
  5. 5.  Edmodo is designed to have a similar interface to Facebook.  This design is similar and comfortable for students.  The teacher is able to post questions, files, quizzes, polls, assignments, or links.  Students respond just as they would comment on a Facebook status, meaning very little instructional time is required to teach students to use this program.  Edmodo has a free mobile app that both teachers and students can access.
  6. 6.  Edmodo can be used across all grade levels.  Students in third grade are required to apply higher level comprehension skills in reading class.  Third grade students are able to use Edmodo to develop a deeper understanding of texts they have read.
  7. 7.  In reading, third graders benefit immensely from engaging in Genuine Conversations.  Genuine Conversations is a specific technique that can be taught to students, enabling them to discuss what they have read in a more authentic, book club format, rather than in the traditional classroom method.  Students develop listening skills and engage in conversation by identifying if they have an opinion, question, or if they want to piggyback on another students’ opinion.
  8. 8.  If the entire class has access to a device to log on to Edmodo, the teacher can post a poll as an engagement or formative assessment.
  9. 9.  The teacher can post an open ended question about the story.  Students can respond directly to the question.  Students can then refresh the browser and respond to classmates opinions.  There is no “tagging” feature, as on Facebook, so students will need to address classmates by name if they wish to respond to them.  The teacher will get email notifications each time a student comments, and will be able to facilitate the conversation.
  10. 10.  While students are using computers for another activity, an Edmodo prompt can be a meaningful extension for early finishers.
  11. 11.  Students can take turns visiting Edmodo on student computers and respond to a prompt during group work or independent practice time.
  12. 12.  Students learned about Cinquain Poems through a power point file.  A poem was written by the class and posted on Edmodo.  Students from another Elementary School responded to the poem and posted their own.
  13. 13.  Send home a letter explaining the program and its educational value to parents, as well as student user names and passwords.  Depending on your school communities’ home internet access, students can complete assignments at home or log on for extra credit.  Using the mobile app, teachers can respond to students easily from anywhere.
  14. 14.  Edmodo provides an engaging way for students to apply reading and writing skills to other content areas, such as science.
  15. 15.  Students can use Edmodo to practice explaining their thinking in math.
  16. 16.  We will keep the MSA Edmodo page open for contact and sharing ideas.  Alyssa Lindsey alindsey@bcps.org  Kristin Novak knovak@bcps.org

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