Advanced Edmodo Hoover City SchoolsDistrict Professional Development November 21, 2011
Welcome Edmodo forAdvanced Users Presenter: Bill Mann Simmons Middle School 2
The Overview• Encouraging students to use Edmodo• Keeping students engaged with Edmodo• Knowledge of other technology• Dealing with tough students.• Don’t be afraid, help is out there. 3
#1: Create a great profile page www.edmodo.com/bmann 4
#1: Create a great profile page• Forces students to go to Edmodo for class information• Makes Edmodo the central hub for online activities• Becomes the whiteboard for your virtual classroom. www.edmodo.com/bmann 5
A) Teacher Lounge“SMS Café”Create a “teacher lounge”where teachers withinyour school can discussideas and share content. Creates a casual environment where online discussions can take place. Share ideas, files and links between a voluntary group of teachers. Teachers can contribute on their own time.
B) School ClubsEdmodo is a great collaborationtool for district wide clubs likeRobotics, Forensics, sports teams,etc. Use the calendar feature to mark important dates/matches/meets/practices . Notifications will help you update the group on important messages . Post results, pictures, etc. for the group to view. Suggestions: 7th grade girls basketball, FCA, etc.
#3: Post Assignments (continued)• Use Edmodo with KidBlog• Current Events• Political Cartoons 10
A) Student writing projectsGive your students an enriching writingexperience through Edmodo. Edmodo provides students a platform for sharing their writing with teachers, peers and family.
B) Role Playing*Help studentsunderstand keyevents by reenactingthem through roleplaying activities. Create student profiles for relevant figures and integrate knowledge in action.
C) Backchannel DiscussionsEncourage real-time discussions throughEdmodo. Extend learning beyond the classroom walls. (Backchannel during current events- e.g. State of the Union, Elections, breaking news stories, etc.)
D) Reading CritiqueTake reading to the next level by havingstudents critique each other. Promotes encouragement between students in the classroom. Not limited to reading, can also do art critiques, writing critiques, etc.
E) Co-teachingConnect your classroom with other classroomswithin your school or around the globe. Co-teachers can help grade assignments, monitor discussions, and post files or comments to the group. There is no rule that your group code cannot be shared with others. I’m collaborating with a teacher from Oklahoma on a Skype / Edmodo lesson
F) Grammar and PunctuationHelp your students improve theirgrammar and punctuation byenforcing proper usage on Edmodo. Require students to post in complete words and sentence (i.e. “you” not “u”, “I” not “i”). Teach students proper use of social media tools to help prepare them for our connected world. I give my students two places to use Edmodo. 1) A team page that is social. Here they can use text speak. 2) All other groups (assignments) require proper grammar.
#10: Ask for links to turn in project assignments 24
#11: Create a playgroundPlaygrounds are social and give students one more reason to visit Edmodo 25
#12: Feed your groupsKeep up with all your favorite blogsthrough Edmodo! Stay organized and up-to-date with content being shared by bloggers in your PLN. Help give your students a continuous supply of current event articles.
A) Sick days & absencesEdmodo is great for communicatingwhen you or one of your studentsare absent from school. Provide notes, assignments or other updates to students who are absent. Communicate updates or check in with your your class if you are absent from school. http://hoovercity.edmodo.com/p ost/38348403 http://hoovercity.edmodo.com/p ost/34945628
What questions do you have? What are your best uses? 29