Did you ever had the feeling that
- you required more time for a topic discussed in class?
- giving more information/ resources about the topic to high achievers would have been beneficial for them?
- giving more elaborate examples to weak students would have strengthen their grip on the topic?
- all students were not engaged as discussion in the class was led by the extrovert students while others needed more time to reflect on the topic under discussion?
BUT the class time was limited and you have to move on to the next topic in order to finish the syllabus………………
If YES….Then its time to switch your class to the blended learning environment using FREE Learning Management System- EDMODO!!!
Edmodo is a FREE Web 2.0 Communication Tool. A variety of features which makes it a perfect tool to be utilized in educational settings as a Learning Management System include online notes, quizzes, assignments, polls, setting deadlines for homework, grade book, dividing class into subgroups, online free as well as paid classroom resources and the opportunity to connect with teachers around the globe. This platform is equally useful for teachers, students, parents and management of educational institutions.
1. EDMODO FOR TEACHERS
Teachers can easily use this FREE tool to create an effective blended learning environment for their students. It helps them not only to communicate with their students and parents but also support and engage them with much ease. Teachers can share notes, relevant resources, give assignments with deadlines to follow, polls and quizzes. Teachers can also utilize this platform to appreciate student performance by awarding personalized badges to boost student morale and enthusiasm.
Differentiated Instruction using “Small Group” feature
Teachers can join and create groups. The opportunity to create a small group within a larger class group facilitates differentiated instruction for groups of students having different abilities and levels such as advance group or struggling or weak students. Providing resources to students according to their learning abilities help them achieve their full potential.
Organizing resources using “Library”
Library lets the teachers save and organize their material into folders and share it with others. Cloud- based Library can be accessed any time, anywhere using any device.
Tracking Student Progress through “Grade Book”
Teachers can easily track students’ progress through grade book and share students’ results online.
Connecting with other educators using “Spot Light”
Using the spotlight feature, teachers can connect with a large pool of educators around the globe who are eager to help and support. Teachers share free as well as paid resources, contents and lesson plans resulting in fostering a collaborative culture and taking student learning to a new level.
Teachers can showcase their work or explore and review other resources to get Edmodo points, which can be used for making purchases through Edmodo spot light.
Interactive and engaging learning by “Linking Apps”
Edmodo is linked to numerous free and paid apps that can be linked to class groups. Apps such as Khan Academy, Next Lesson, class room management and others can be used for interactive presentation, assigning collaborative projects, books, engaging videos and other resources to a group of students.
2. EDMODO FOR STUDENTS
Edmodo student account offers a secure network for students to connect with their teachers. Students can only join groups, they cannot create a group. Students can submit their assignments online and receive feedback in pdf format.
Opportunity for introvert students
Usually extrovert students dominate class discussions. Some students can answer the questions quickly while others need more time to process the questions posed. Using this platform, students can respond to the material posted by the teacher. This unfolds an opportunity for introvert students to engage and express their perspective during discussion through Edmodo platform.
Edmodo makes learning easily accessible for all students. Posting all classwork and homework on Edmodo can help any student who was absent to catch up easily with the class. Students can review the videos or material, discussed in the class, as per their convenience.
3. EDMODO FOR PARENTS
Edmodo brings in parental involvement in their child’s learning by connecting them with classroom activities. Using Edmodo Parent account, parents can see all the communications done between their child/ children and teachers, assignments turned in, late assignments, badges received, teacher’d feedback and student progress.
4. EDMODO FOR MANAGEMENT
Management can utilize Edmodo for communicating with teachers by creating a group of teachers. Teacher group can be used for exchanging information, training material, memos or feedback. Teachers can submit exam question papers, results, students’ lists. The timed assignment submission feature can be used to make teachers submit required documents, such as result lists, timely. Also, all important upcoming events can be shared using Calendar. Management can also use it as a platform for appreciating teachers’ performance and awarding personalized badges based on individual performance.
Edmodo also offers premium features for administration as well. Edmodo for Administrators is a paid service which offer advance features such as Edmodo Management™, Edmodo PD Tools™ and Edmodo Collections™.
Edmodo Management offers micro and macro level insight into teachers and students engagement and adoption through a secure interface which provide valuable information for decision making. Edmodo PD Tools enable teachers to enhance their professional skills by connecting with Professional Learning Communities around the globe. Edmodo Collections assists teachers in managing their lessons plans and other important resources effectively.
Opportunity for Schools with limited resources
Due to shortage of space, some schools do not have a computer lab for students. Today’s digital natives are comfortable using technology and have access to smart phones and tablets. Due to the absence of a computer lab in school, students may not be able to enjoy the engaging and interesting games and resources relevant with the curriculum.
The class teachers can prepare the logins and passwords for all students and communicate to parents through written notes in the diaries. Parents can access the resources once a week and let students play/ watch.
By creating a weekly format where resources can be shared on weekly basis, students will be able to have fun interactive learning over the weekend which may help reinforce the taught concepts.
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