As you think about the new school year that is approaching, what do you want your classroom community to look like by the time it ends? Keeping the end in mind is a good instructional and planning practice, but can also be applied as we think about how how we want our classrooms to function throughout the year. Here are some ways to use Edmodo to build a classroom community.
1. Create a group for your class(es).
There’s no better way to create a community than giving your students their own place to interact. Edmodo provides you with the ability to create as many groups as you’d like whether you’re an elementary teacher who wants to create groups for one class or a secondary or higher ed teacher who needs multiple groups. Students need a code to join a specific group and since you’re the owner, you’ll be able to control who becomes a member of any group. Each group is private to only those who are members.
2. Use the polling feature to gather feedback, opinions, and responses from students.
The polling feature in Edmodo is easy to use and a poll can be set up quickly. Type in a question, provide a list of possible answers and send it to your group. Since polls can be scheduled for a particular date and time, you can create them as you develop your lesson plans. Polls might be used to ask students questions about their homework, about their comfort with a topic, their opinions about something they read or quizzing them about an important aspect of the content they’re learning. The submitted responses create an easy to read bar graph that will help you to quickly interpret the results. Many students will appreciate the anonymous nature of a poll that helps them to participate freely.
3. Use Notes and Replies to engage students in discussion.
Our students live in a world where much of their conversation takes place online or on mobile devices. A Note can be the beginning of a great conversation or discussion whether you’re discussing a character’s motivation or exploring both sides of an issue, your students will have a method of creating and engaging in meaningful conversation about the content they’re learning.
4. Use Quizzes as formative and summative assessments.
When you create a quiz, you’ll be able to assign it to one or multiple groups, randomize questions, and show results at the end. With a variety of question types available, including multiple choice, short answer and true/false, you’ll be able to gather data about your students’ learning to use formatively for lesson planning or summatively at the end of a unit of study. Results of a quiz go right into your Edmodo gradebook (aka Progress) and you’ll be able to see at a glance how the class is doing. The best thing about creating a quiz is that you can use it again as it is stored in your Library.
5. Think of Assignments as a way to coach student learning for mastery.
As you create assignments, you might be thinking how easy it is to have students turn in their work electronically. There are other aspects of the assignment process that can benefit student learning as well. For example, when students turn in an assignment, they can also type a text message to you and they’re asked to choose one of the reaction icons. Both of these give teachers a private communication area with students to respond to their text messages and get an idea of which students might have found the work to be challenging and need extra assistance.
How do you plan to use Edmodo in your classroom this year?