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Edmodo in the Middle School

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Recently two articles I have written were published in my School Districts newsletter.  Below is a two part series of the articles.  The first article I would like to share was titled “Edmodo in the Middle School.”

Within the business world people have been discussing if email has become a thing of the past.  It may have been put best by Jeff Teper, vice president of Microsoft Corp.’s SharePoint division, when he said “People were very dependent on email. They overused it…Now, people can use the right tool for the right task.” 

Email may not be disappearing anytime soon, but there are many more forms of communication out there now that work better.  With that in mind, the Middle School has gone about a few changes in the way teachers can communicate with students.  Tested by a few teachers at first and now branching into more classrooms is the free social-learning platform called Edmodo.  Edmodo is used by over 10,000 schools and recently just reached its 1,000,000th user!  Edmodo allows 1:1 communication between students and teachers.  Edmodo has allowed teachers to share files, links, video, and much more with students in a fashion similar to the likes of other social networking sites.  The best part is students can use Edmodo anywhere!  They can check assignments online through the website or using the free Edmodo app for the iPhone, iTouch, iPad, or Android and Blackberry smartphones. 

 Using Edmodo has allowed some teachers to almost go paperless!  In Mr. Cowen’s and Mr. Gerlach’s Computers classes, almost all assignments are given and turned in via Edmodo.  This allows for students to receive almost immediate feedback on assignments and it also allows for communication between the students and teacher about what could be improved upon.  When polled about the usefulness of Edmodo and technology similar to it, a group of 7th graders responded that 70% thought it was more useful than regular classroom material and 23% said it was helpful.  

 

 

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