It is great to see Edmodo establishing more of a presence in our classrooms this year. Below are some ideas for how you can use it with your students – in and outside of your classroom:
1. Post tasks and activities for students. Edmodo allows teachers to attach files to assignment announcements. If there is a file your students need in order to complete an assignment, they can access it at the same place they view the announcement. This is particularly useful for homework tasks.
2. Create digital libraries. Students and teachers can create digital libraries for housing their important files. No need to keep track of USB drives because you can access your files from any Internet-connected computer. Students can submit their homework through Edmodo.
3. Post messages on the “wall.” This allows students to ask questions of each other and their teacher. Teachers, of course, can post messages for all students to read.
4. Post polls for students. Use the polls to gather informal feedback on a question, vote on a discussion issue or help with providing formative feedback.
5. Post a quiz for students to take. You can attach links and files to each question and answer choice. This allows you to post a document and ask students to read and respond to it. Quizzes can be in multiple choice, true/ false, fill in the blank, or short answer form. You can allow students to see their scores immediately or you can disable that option. This is useful but lacks some of the features of Socrative.
6. Create a calendar of events and assignments.
7. Encourage students to download the iPhone or Android apps.
8. Turn in assignments. Students can upload assignments for their teachers to view and grade. Teachers can annotate the assignments directly in Edmodo.
9. Embed videos, images, and audio clips into your wall to spark a class discussion online.
Remember when using Edmodo on the iPads to get students to log out of their accounts before the end of the lesson.
I will be running a couple of lunchtime training sessions on Edmodo in the near future.