December 16, 2011 Leave a comment
At the risk of revealing my personal lag time for becoming aware of an ed tech tool for which I’ve been pining these many years, I am posting here a few links to information on a service that may well become the transformational tool of the current generation of K-12 teachers who are currently stretched and stressed beyond anything sustainable.Edmodo, simply put, is Facebook for the classroom. Not coincidentally, Facebook and LinkedIn are major funding sources for this free service. In this space, teachers can provide streaming interaction with their students through accounts they alone supervise, based on Groups established (i.e. classes) for teaching purposes. Edmodo is wildly customizable, to the degree that the same application can also be utilized for established PLCs or other more informal interest groups with colleagues. Edmodo is safe, a “walled garden” available only by invitation, and accessible through any Internet-connected device. Mobile Edmodo apps allows students to interact through smart phones and tablets, in addition to any Internet-capable computer.
While Edmodo sponsors excellent webinars to get teachers and districts up & running (district-specific subdomains are also freely provided), of the 500,000 teachers and 4.5 million students using Edmodo at this writing, blogger Bianca Hewes has done a particularly nifty job in describing her use of it in her English classes, most recently in this recent post, Edmodo: resource sharing, collaboration, lessons, communication, assessments and organisation.
While Project-Based Learning (PBL) is clearly at the heart and soul of Edmodo designers and its most devoted users, it seems any pedagogical stripe can be accommodated as long as personal interaction is the goal. Edmodo invites the curious to set up a free account and give it a go. You just may love it.