Lesson 1: Edmodo

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Why Edmodo?

You might be asking what is so special about Edmodo? Teachers today are often out of touch with current trends in communication. Many youth today live in a digital world; communicating trough text, chat or online. Edmodo is a free program that allows teachers to tap into this online community. Think of it this way… Edmodo is somewhat like Facebook, but for your classroom! Once teachers create their free account, they can make their lessons and assignments available online. In addition, it is an easy way to “chat” with your students. According to Dobler (2012), you can “facilitate learning and collaboration for students within a classroom, and with students from other classrooms.” Teachers and students can “connect” with other classes. In addition, educators can connect with an online community to share ideas. Edmodo is a perfect example of how collaboration can take place in an online community.

Check out this video to learn more about Edmodo and how it is used in the classroom...

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Task

1. After viewing the video, look at the following web site. Write down and then discuss in small groups five advantages of using Edmodo within a classroom. Think about how Edmodo can promote better communication between teachers and students.

https://wiki.itap.purdue.edu/display/INSITE/Edmodo#Edmodo-value

2. Go to https://www.edmodo.com/


  • Sign up for a free account (this takes 5 minutes)
  • Fill out your profile
  • Browse around the site to see what is available, the layout and features of this Web 2.0 application.


In reflection, this first lesson is more focused on how Edmodo can encourage communication between students and teachers. How can this "communication" benefit students within your classroom? Could students benefit from better communication and access to class notes/homework assignments? Discuss in small groups.


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