Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tune into Technology: Classroom Websites ~ Edmodo

It's that time again! During the summer, I tend to lose track of the days of the week because I don't have things going on as much, especially since I've been on vacation for three weeks!! Today is Thursday which means it's Learning to the Core's Tune into Technology linky party! This has been my favorite linky party, and I've really enjoyed writing for it.

I use Edmodo for my classroom website. I have not logged on since May, and I was shocked when I did today. It has COMPLETELY changed! But I am glad that they did now and not during the school year. They did this last year and it made for some confused students. I have actually already written a post about Edmodo, but will try to talk about different things in this one. :-)

Edmodo is meant primarily for middle grades and above. It is designed similarly to Facebook with a wall that features new posts from any groups they are a part of. We will be going to the computer lab during BTS to sign them up all at once, and to complete a scavenger hunt to get used to the website. This helps out so much during the year, otherwise they are always asking where to find something!


    Organize into Groups 

    I do these by class period, but you could do them by subject. Each group has a code that you use to join that group. I label mine by the class name and teacher name. If they are part of another teacher's Edmodo as well, it is helpful to have the teacher name on their. You can also add co-teachers to the groups! You will notice that I am also part of "Viergutz". This is my grade level partner's group. We found it helpful to be a part of each other's group to see what we were posting to help keep us accountables. I had the co-teacher for my 4th Block assigned as well.

    Folders

    I post the learning goal and homework on Edmodo nightly. If their is an worksheet I can post this to Edmodo as an attachment as well. This is to help when you get the inevitable "I lost it" excuse. I can post the homework to the wall, and then assign it to a folder. If at the end of the quarter they are missing an assignment, they can find it there. I also post Show Me videos, math games, info for their INB, etc. All of which is organized into folders!

    Assignments

    If you are doing a digital project (prezi, ppt, video, doc, etc.) you can have the students upload them to an Assigments post. You can view and grade them right within Edmodo! Saves so much paper and time! I would grade these write on my iPad! Super easy! One of our teachers had them do this after working on a simple word doc in the computer lab. No more printing!

    Parent Access

    Edmodo is primarily made for students and teachers. There is a parent code attached to each student account that the parents can sign up for. This is tied ONLY to their student for privacy concerns. They have access to the calendar, wall posts, grades, etc. I give my parents homework to sign up the first week, the kids love it!

    Accessability

    Edmodo is a website, and had apps for ALL devices (YEAH!) They can get notifications sent to their phone when I post something to the wall or an alert. They can easily contact me or post to the class. Parents can have it on their phones. I have it on my phone and iPad. For those users that do not have a Smart Phone they can get text notifications sent to their phone. I never know their phone numbers. 


    What website do you use? Have any other suggetions? 

    Melissa

    6 comments:

    Amanda Zanchelli said...

    We use eChalk for our classroom websites. Our district has a paid subscription but I love the organization of your website on Edmodo. I feel like it is so easy to navigate around for kids (and parents.) That is great that you have it broken into periods for kids. Your folders with everything for homework all in one spot is fabulous-I need to get that organized so that I can be doing it nightly! Thanks for linking up and sharing all of these fabulous ideas!

    Kristin Kennedy said...

    Thanks for breaking down all the features of Edmodo. It seems like an amazing tool to keep everything organized. Thanks for linking up.:)

    Kristin
    iTeach 1:1

    Alison said...

    I LOVE EDMODO! I use it daily in my class. My even left my class up from two years ago and my previous students STILL get on there. I love leaving stuff in the library too so the kids can come back and re-watch videos and visit links, etc. We have students as young as first grade using Edmodo at my school. It's great!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

    Charlotte said...

    Does Edmodo still post in a linear format? The latest post at the bottom?
    I think I might try it for professional development sessions. Just need to jump in and do it!
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

    The TechKnowledgey Teacher said...

    That's awesome Alison! I haven't used it two years in a row before, so wasn't sure what I was going to do with last years classes yet.

    Charlotte, it does still post in a linear format very similar to Facebook. If your teachers use it for their classes, it would be very easy and convenient for them to check and post things to it. So easy to get started!

    Melissa

    Heather Temske said...

    I use edmodo with my class too but I don't actually use it as our website. I do think it is so handy to sharing and gathering information

    Heather
    room 4 imagination

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