- to stimulate classroom discussion of a topic
- I assign students an article or primary source related to our topic, pose a question, and require them to respond and discuss their perspective with their peers
- to encourage students to collaborate on projects
- students can be placed in “groups” on Edmodo and can work together to complete assignments, even if they are in different class sections, or if they are absent
- to provide students with instant feedback on quizzes and tests
- I frequently create multiple choice tests and quizzes on Edmodo, providing students with immediate feedback
- to determine students’ perspective on contemporary issues
- Edmodo has a polling feature in which teachers can immediately receive students’ views on contemporary issues, a class topic…virtually anything!
- to provide students with instant access to class readings and assignments
- I create folders within Edmodo and fill those folders with unit information
- students can access these course documents anywhere they have Internet access…including their smartphones!
- to connect with students who may or may not be physically in class
- sometimes, students are absent for one day…sometimes, students must be absent for extended periods of time, and Edmodo helps them stay connected to the classroom!
- to encourage students who would not typically actively participate in face-to-face classroom activities to ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE
- some students are very vocal and a great class participants, while other students prefer to sit back and absorb…Edmodo “discussion boards” encourage EVERYONE to participate!
- to have a “paperless” classroom
- NEVER PRINT AGAIN!
- to allow students to discuss content related subjects with students who may not be in their class period
- I have two sections of each class that I teach…through Edmodo, students from different class sections can discuss content within their class and with the other section…AWESOME!
- to prepare students for the blended learning environment they will most likely experience in their post-secondary education!
- many if not all of our students will experience either a blended learning environment, or an online course sometime in their post-secondary education…Edmodo can acquaint them with this format!
What is digital citizenship? How should we address it in our classrooms? In our increasingly global and digital society, we must prepare our students to be digital citizens who are conscious of their digital presence.
So many of our students only see social media as a way to post their “selfies” (can you believe that was Oxford’s word of year in 2013?!) or tell their friends about their lunch, or OMG can you believe she did that hashtag crazy…I think I just felt my IQ drop by typing that!! There is so much that our students can gain from using social media in a positive way! Shouldn’t we take time to teach them how?!
Wow! There are so many awesome Chrome apps that would benefit students in most any classroom! The apps listed below are incredible for managing information and creating amazing products. Enjoy!
Take notes WHILE watching a video! The notes are “time-stamped” so the student knows at what point in the video their notes were taken! This links with Google Drive…so they can access their notes ALL THE TIME!!
All in one planner…for Chrome!
The awesome note-taking app…is also for Chrome!
A whole new type of search engine! Students can search for a specific concept, and see how other relevant topics connect to their search. Wow!
Great blogging service for students…available in Chrome!
Students can dictionary and thesaurus resources right from their Chrome browser!!
Allows users to record quick notes about anything…that are accessible on any device!
Google Apps Script
Build your own web applications!!!
When watching documentaries in the classroom…
encourage students to ask questions relating to the content of the documentary
DIScourage students from pointing out irrelevant observations
When watching “movies” in the classroom…
encourage students to comment on historical accuracy of the film
discuss the most pivotal scenes in the movie
When viewing “flipped” videos in the classroom, or at home…
encourage students to post problems or questions they have about the content
During classroom presentations…
provide students with a list of points they should learn from the presentation, and have them comment what they’ve learned
While watching the State of the Union address…
encourage students to post questions about major issues discussed in the speech
sometimes we offer bonus points to students who watch the State of the Union…using backchanneling, students can prove they’ve watched the address!
While watching the evening news…
encourage students to comment about top stories- both local and global
While completing a reading assignment for homework…
students can post something they didn’t understand or an amazing breakthrough they’ve had
Twitter would be an awesome backchanneling tool…if you are able to use it in the classroom!