The other activity given to us week one of ‘my using social media with learners’ course besides signing up for twitter, was to sign up for Edmodo.
Edmodo is another free social media platform that aims to create a learning environment for teachers and learners. It has a similar look and feel to Facebook. You can sign up either as a teacher or student. As a student you need to invited into a class via a group code.
Like Facebook you can create groups, post to your timeline and reward your students with achievement badges. You can also (attach an assignment, create a quiz or distribute a poll.
If you are interested in knowing more about Edmodo you could watch the Introduction to Edmodo webinar created by Edmodo.
There is also a great webinar on 20 ways to use Edmodo that you can watch. If your time is limited fast forward through sections of it.
Here is a great article written on the blog ‘Reflections of a Passionate Educator’ – 10 reasons I love using Edmodo in my iPad classroom . . .
So how can you use Edmodo in the classroom?
- To encourage discussion
- To distribute simple quizzes
- Post assignments (or other types of files)
- Embed audio & video in wall posts
Some other interesting articles and videos that were shared this week were:
A video Gail shared to end our week on was created by one of her friends who she recently completed a course with. A must watch for the end of our first week.
‘A Day in the Life of a Digital Teacher – Utopian or Distopian?’
Some of the other platforms we were asked to do some personal research on were:
If you have used Edmodo for training or any of the above platforms I would love to hear your expereinces and great ways to use these platforms with learners. So please leave a comment.