Zach Wimmer is a high school teacher in Sublette, Kansas where he teaches Geography, Government, Debate, and Economics. In this guest post, Zach highlights his use of Edmodo in a Chromebook learning environment.
As schools implement a one-to-one technology initiative, it is easy for educators, novice and veteran alike, to feel overwhelmed by how they should employ them in the classroom. When my high school in western Kansas adopted Chromebooks, there were questions among the faculty about how these new devices would actually enhance student engagement.
One site in particular eased these concerns. Edmodo, in myriad ways, has improved the learning process in my Social Studies classroom immensely. As the website explains, Edmodo is “a free and safe way for students and teachers to connect and collaborate.”
With Edmodo, I am able to create individual class groups (i.e First Hour Geography, Fourth Hour Economics, etc.) and upload all of my notes, assignments, and announcements. Since the site syncs effortlessly with Google Drive, it takes only a few minutes to upload assessments or class notes. Students like it because it has eliminated the use of paper, which tends to be easily lost, and they receive daily announcements about class activities.
Leaving procedures for substitutes has been significantly simplified, since I simply have to write:
The assignment is on Edmodo. The students will know what to do.
Same goes for students who miss class. They merely have to check Edmodo to see what they missed in class if they happened to be absent.
Lastly, Edmodo has improved the relationship between my students’ guardians and me. Groups for guardians can be created, so they can clearly see what topics are being explored in class, when assignments are due, test dates, and any other comments I post.
Although the site has been around since 2008, it is still new to those schools that are, for the first time, going one-to-one. If you happen to be searching for a site that increases your collaboration with students, I urge you to explore Edmodo.