Edmodo for Young Learners Presented By Janet DeSenzo
Janet Barone-DeSenzo Technology Coach/AT SpecialistGroup Code: Vernon Township School Districtf51bzf Vernon, NJ @jantechnj
Why do a session on Edmodo for early learners?Do we reallyneed a special session just about youngchildren using Edmodo?
Because young children: Have limited reading skills Have a greater need to learn through the use of pictures Have great difficulty typing in URLs Need easier access to digital files shared by their teachers. Are more likely to succeed with emotional support from their teachers (more easily delivered digitally as opposed to “on paper”) Have limited attention spans and often need reminders Should be taught how to communicate appropriately using technology at an early age
Support for Homework How do I post assignments anddirections if my students can’t read?! “Got Microphone??”
Support for Homework How do I post assignmentdirections if my students can’t read?! Video upload
All of these options allow you to embed audio and videodirectly to your Edmodo feed, without the need to link to outside sights.
Aside from uploadingworksheets, how can teachers be creative with homework using Edmodo? What motivates yourstudents?? (I’m willing to bet, it’s not worksheets!)
Creative Learning Activities Scavenger hunts Links to on-line assignments Simple recipes Access to digital storybooks on-line Photo uploads of shared student work (pictures, projects, recorded video, etc.) Links to educational videos (School- Tube, You-Tube, Discovery Education, etc.)
URLs: What’s the big deal?How long would it take a first grader to typethis URL? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5IhPXEKNGE POST THAT LINK TO EDMODO!
Great Sites for Young Children Vocabulary Spelling City – free site that allows students to enter spelling words into the site and choose spelling games. IXL.com – allows you to post a link on Edmodo that leads to a practice area for a particular skill set broken down by grade level (gives immediate feedback) Math.com – same as above ABCYA – Educational games separated by grade level
Support for Language ArtsIdeas for assignments at home:• Phoneme scavenger hunt: find 4 items in your home that begin with /ch/ sound• Noun/Adjective scavenger hunt: describe three items in your house using a noun and an adjective• Finish the following sentence with a fitting word• Post a picture and have students write describing words about that picture• Write one sentence about what you learned in school today/on a class trip/at an assembly
Digital Storybooks: Tarheel Reader: Free books, created by students and teachers, read aloud Story Place: Free slightly animated stories with spoken speech bubbles Storyline Online: Free, well known books read by well known actors and actresses. Mightybooks: Free, excellent well known books, read aloud, text is highlighted as read
Using Edmodo to Support Math Create your own “I-Spy” picture with Classroom Items and Count “How many?” of each item. For older students, how many more of one than the other, or, add the number of two types of items. Use your document camera to create a video that shows how to use manipulatives to count, sort and show computation Count the number of steps, windows, doors, pictures, glasses, keys, etc. in your house Support the introduction of fractions: post a simple recipe with ingredients measured in halves, thirds or quarter cups
Lesson Plan Ideas: Example 1Math: First Grade, Measuring length of objectsStandard: 1.MD.1. Order three objects by length;compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by usinga third objectHow to teach using Edmodo:1. Upload a paper ruler to Edmodo for cutting out2. Post auditory and written directions3. Have students work alone or in groups4. Students reply on Edmodo with the measurement of the 3 objects, listing item names and lengths in size order.5. Discuss in findings in class
Lesson Plan Ideas: Example 2Writing: Second Grade, Text Types and PurposesW.2.2. Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce atopic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concludingstatement or sectionHow to teach using Edmodo:1. Students are to be separated into small groups of two or three2. Auditory and written directions posted to Edmodo3. Students are given a choice of topics to read about in order to collect facts. Topic list document with corresponding websites are posted up on Edmodo.4. Students in each group discuss and agree on a an introductory topic sentence. Teacher posts the topic sentence to the small group area in Edmodo. Then students take turns replying to that post, adding sentences, one at a time. Students must use proper grammar, punctuation and spelling.5. When the written assignment is complete, click “share” under the original post to share the story with the entire group.
Starting them Young with Good HabitsRight from the start: Encourage proper spelling and grammar – no txt talk! Teach Good “Netiquette” – if you can’t say something nice… Take pride in your work: do your best, you have an audience! Don’t copy other people’s work, be original
Thank you for attending! Questions & Comments?