Following last week’s article on Edmodo, here are another 9 ways to use it in the classroom:
10. Role-playing. Help students understand key historical and literacy events by reenacting them through role playing activities in Edmodo.
11. Peer review – Edmodo is a great platform for peer review and critique – you can get students to post their work on Edmodo then get other students to feed back. A homework task might be to ‘feed back constructively on three other students’ work’ for example.
12. Foreign language practice – encourage students to practice their language skills, as well as spelling and grammar, through conversations in Edmodo.
13. Cultural exchange projects – give students the opportunity to learn about other world cultures by connecting your classroom with classrooms around the globe via an Edmodo group.
14. Use Edmodo to communicate with your students when you’re out of the classroom, or provide updates to students who are absent from class. I did this last year with my Year 8s – I frequently answered queries they had about work (I only saw them for one lesson each week).
15. School Clubs – if you’re part of a school club or sports team, create an Edmodo group to coordinate meets, practices and games, as well as post results.
16. Use the small groups feature to divide the class into groups for project work. They can collaborate and discuss their projects online within their groups but only you and members of that group will be able to see their work. This can be effective is there is a competitive element to the task (hence the need for ‘secrecy’!) and also if there are some students reluctant to post their work online for the entire class to see.
17. Connect with other teachers. Join discussion groups to share ideas about lesson plans, teaching strategies, and project development. However, Twitter is a better resource for this kind of collaboration.
Use the Google Chrome extension or browser bookmarklet to quickly add content to your Edmodo library. Anytime you find something on the web, click the Edmodo extension or bookmarklet to save it in your Edmodo library. Instructions on how to do this are here.