Web 2.0 Tool 1: Edmodo

WHAT IS EDMODO?

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– Edmodo (stylized edmodo) is a social learning platform for teachers, students, and parents. It is commonly thought of as the Facebook of schools, as called by pupils and teachers alike.

– It provide a safe and easy way for class to connect and collaborate, share content and access homework, grades and school notices.

– It’s goal is to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every learner.

FUNCTIONS OF EDMODO

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: The picture above is the homepage of Edmodo. Similar as facebook. But they differ in functions.

1) Students can turn in assignments digitally and give teachers feedback either by writing a post or giving a reaction.

2) Students can view their grades, progress and achievement (badges) in a course as well as view the deadline for quizzes, exams and assignments.

3) Students can view content and resources shared by the teacher in organized folders.

4) Students can interact with their peers in real time and view real time information on themselves or peers such as who has logged in, turned in an assignment, completed a quiz, earned a badge, launched an app.

5) Students can use Backpack to store files, links and google docs into a virtual flash drive or library. Items in the backpack can be attached to posts or assignments.

6) Students can be notified by email or text message when a teacher has posted to their Edmodo group.

7) Teachers can annotate the assignments directly in Edmodo to provide instant feedback.

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8) Parents can also create parent accounts.Parent accounts allow parents to see their children’s assignments and grades. Teachers can also send alerts to parents about school events, missed assignments, and other important messages through Edmodo.

9) Teachers can generate printable class rosters. so if a teacher is going to have a substitute teacher in their classroom who needs a printed roster, they can print one from Edmodo account.

10) Educators are finding creative ways to support student learning by using Edmodo as a place to post and critique one another’s literature analysis, collaborate with their peers, and post creative writing for an audience.

HOW TO USE THIS TOOL ?

– Creating “small groups” within your main Edmodo group is a great way to help manage and organize your classroom activities. There are two ways that small groups can be used in Edmodo. We’ve outlined both below and highlighted some example uses for each. We’ve also included a few images in a slideshow at the end of the post. For more information on how to set up small groups, visit the Edmodo Help Center.

– Using small groups for project or team-based activities – In these examples, all members of your group are divided into small groups. You can specify which students you want added to each small group you create. By placing students in small groups, they can discuss their thoughts, share resources and collaborate on classroom activities in their private small group (and you as the teacher can still oversee their activity). This can also be a great way to differentiate instruction and learning. Examples of using small groups for project or team based activities include:

a) Literature circle groups
b) Project based learning
c) Peer review groups
d) Lab groups

– Using small groups to organize posts within your main group – In these examples, all members of the main group are added to each small group you create. This is a simple way to organize classroom activities by project, unit of study, modules or discussion threads. Examples of using small groups to organize posts include:

a) Discussion topics- Anytime you want to start a new discussion topic, create a new small group to help keep posts related to that discussion organized. Tagging is another great option for this.

b) Course delivery – Utilizing small groups and shared folders, you can set up a course by week or module. Watch our in-action video to learn more about Edmodo for course delivery.

Edmodo can also be used for language learning. It can help us users from things such as grammar to sentence building to foreign language.

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– In addition, you can also get more help from Edmodo’s Help Center. It’s interface is simple and easy to understand.

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The link : http://help.edmodo.com/

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The link: http://learn-lead-grow.weebly.com/how-to-use-edmodo.html

Okay, so that’s all about Edmodo. Hope all of the readers are able to understand what I am trying to explain.🙂