Life as a teacher can be stressful. It is tough to have a short class period, 30 students at all different abilities, random interruptions and simply no way of guaranteeing everyone’s attention and participation at the same time. Sadly, because of many of these things, students miss out on valuable instruction.
Edmodo reminds me of marathon running! Some of the things about running that I love, are that you can run anytime, any where and go for as long as you would like. Edmodo provides today’s 21st Century learner with those options. He or she can literally learn anywhere! The other thing about using Edmodo to provide resources like videos, podcasts and other supplemental materials is that it allows students to work at the pace the teacher sets, or their own. By having access to materials that do not disappear like a teacher’s voice, or time (when the class is over), studnets can rewind, and fast forward through material.
There are all kinds of platforms to use for flipping your classroom or providing a blended environment for your students. Edmodo is the one that I have used the most simply because it is simple, and it works. Over the years, I am learning how to better navigate it and provide more organization for my students by posting agendas and numbering assignments. I love the opportunity to send the students book trailers, on virtual tours at colleges, and assess their common core knowledge through some of the snap shots that test for understanding of a standard. The data that edmodo provides is amazing!
These are a few of the things that I included in my Edmodo Con 2015 application to be a speaker. I am so excited for the possibility!!!