Monday Success: Using Edmodo

Feb 25, 2013 by

Every week on Monday I  share a classroom success story that started with teachers using technology.  PLEASE SHARE your stories of success in the classroom so other teachers are willing to take chances too!  Today’s success is from Kyle Kline, a teacher in Indiana I was lucky enough to work with a few weeks ago and whom I saw at the FETC Conference in Orlando.  

One of the biggest mistakes schools make when implementing 1:1 initiatives is not having a dedicated Learning Management System (LMS) like Canvas, Google Drive, Blackboard, Edline, etc.  While all have benefits, it is important for teachers in schools to all be using one LMS so that students don’t have to have multiple passwords.  It can really streamline learning and operations if students and teachers are all trained and consistent using one platform.  Edmodo is one of those platforms that I introduced to Kyle and he started to try.  Edmodo is free which is nice for teachers too!

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Kyle sent me the following e-mail on his experiences using Edmodo:

“I started using Edmodo in my Algebra I and Algebra II classes at the beginning of second semester.  So far, the students have been very enthusiastic about it.  I use Edmodo to post my daily schedule for each class.  After class is over I post the written notes for absent students to download.  I also like to attach videos, Quizlet flash cards, links to LearnZillion videos, and other extras.  I’ve started using the “Quiz” feature to create short 5-question Algebra I ECA review problems for the students to practice on their own.  The polling feature allows me to see how the students feel they understand any new material that I give them.  Since the app is free, I let any of my students that have smartphones use them in class when necessary.  I’ve introduced Edmodo to the other 5 members of my department and 4 of them have also integrated it into their classes.  I’m hoping to expand the use of Edmodo the rest of the semester because of the success that the students, my colleagues, and I have had so far.  It has been a great tool.”

Thank you so much for sharing, Kyle.  Kyle has also experimented with video in class and will share his experiences next Monday.  PLEASE share your experiences trying new things in the classroom too so we can all keep learning together.

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