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Supporting student collaboration

Supporting student collaboration



Powerpoint for the 2011 SITE conference in Nashville, TN.

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  • It is a platform for teachers to communicate with students and vice versa. Teacher can create a library of assignments, students create an account very quickly and easily, all that it requires is a group ID (provided by the teacher). Teacher accounts are free and simple to create.
  • Shifts accountability – students can’t participate effectively with their peers if they haven’t read or do not attempt to answer a question; the peer pressure seems to be more effective than teacher-produced pressure.
  • Students were excited to use edmodo.com. They said things like, “This is just like Facebook!” and became very excited about the prospect of communicating with their peers using this platform. They were very familiar with the layout and style already and were comfortable using abbreviations and posting conventions.
  • Student talk dominated the discussion; teacher was merely a facilitator/moderator of discussion. Every student responded to every question. Easy to tell if response showed a real understanding of the text or if student had not read or was off-task.
  • Students were asked about how they would characterize Red from the story and if he reminded them of anyone that they knew. Students made personal connections and responses varied greatly. One student says, “This reminds me of my sister”; the second essentially says, “Red reminds me of us kids sometimes” and the third says, “My family wouldn’t allow that at all!” It would be difficult to validate all of these responses in a whole-class discussion.
  • When students were confused about what their classmates had said they asked one another, not the teacher, for clarification.

Supporting student collaboration Supporting student collaboration Presentation Transcript

  • Supporting Student Collaboration: Edmodo in the Classroom
    Catherine Holland
    Department of Educational Studies
    St. Mary’s College of Maryland
    United States
    Lin Y. Muilenburg
    Department of Educational Studies
    St. Mary’s College of Maryland
    United States
  • What is Edmodo?
  • The Study
    10th Grade English Students
    Studying the novel The Contender
    Practicing discussion, writing, and creating questions
    Students were divided into three “discussion groups” and asked to reply to the questions posted by Miss Holland, their student-teacher
  • CMC allows a more student-centered approach that could disrupt traditional teacher-centered methods (Groenke & Paulus 2008).
    Rachel’s* response: “didnt read dat chapter...”
    Mike’s response: “@Rachel well read it then , OK !!!”
    *all student names are pseudonyms
  • A Social Network
    Because the asynchronous discussion platform functions just like “the wall” in Facebook, students understood immediately that they were to talk to each other and not to the teacher.
  • Limited Teacher-Prompting
    56 responses to 7 teacher-directed questions/comments.
    Average of ~5 responses per student (11 students total)
  • Depth of Discussion
    “Bobby - red is big and tough. i dont think bud likes red that much because they argue alot and he is a smartmouth. he kinda reminds me of my sister”
    “Mike - He is really cocky & a smart mouth . we know this because he told Bud what too do in a smart mouth and rude way . I think us kids could realte to him because sometimes we are a little smart mouths with the authority.”
    “Lisa - i think red is rude,mean and disrepect, how he talks to bud in the story and you just dont talk to people and elders like that. that he is rude and a bad attuide. No, my family wouldnt allow that at all!”
  • Reciprocal Teaching
    Students were asked to create questions
    Students responded to one another for clarification
    Lisa – “[Juan] what are you talking about? dills and stuff?”
    Mike: “[@lisa] i think the drills are like hitting the punching bag and sit-up , etc.”
  • Conclusions
    Easy to monitor off-task behavior
    Encourages thoughtful response from everystudent (even the quietest ones!)
    Fun, familiar platform
    Could be used to discuss any text
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