Edmodo – technology you want to have in your classroom

Edmodo is, actually, a social network and a learning platform created for educational purposes. The fact that children love social networking sites is obvious, so why don’t we, teachers, use it for good? Edmodo is available in different languages and is actively used by millions of people from all around the globe, and today teachers, students, and even parents can have equal access to the platform.

The video I have shared is a tutorial on how to use Edmodo in the classroom. Step by step it shows how teachers may create an account on the platform, make posts, create groups for learners, and join Edmodo communities of different interests.

The utmost advantage of this social network is, undoubtedly, its educational content. Introducing Edmodo to the classroom enables teacher to engage students into a very exciting learning process. Teachers have opportunities to make quizzes, share digital resources, and post assignments with the help of the platform. Students, in their turn, can post in groups, comment on each other posts, assess works of their peers, submit assignments, share information with each other and the whole class, and, finally, join various groups that engage them in learning things they are keen on.

In my school we are actively using Edmodo in the English language lessons. Children enjoy having it as a part of everyday learning experience.  Furthermore, it is a great tool for students studying a foreign language. For example, our children write posts and give feedback to their class mates in English, and it is obvious that these activities improve their writing and reading skills and general knowledge of the language. The network also enables them to communicate with international students and learn about their culture and language.

Beside all the above-mentioned, a number of obstacles to Edmodo’s effective use in school can be identified. Unfortunately, this digital hub cannot be introduced to every single classroom, first of all because in Kazakhstan not every school has classrooms equipped with computers. I believe it is possible for a school to have at least 1-2 computer labs, however, usually subjects like ICT and robotics are taught there. It is difficult to imagine teaching subjects other than that in such classrooms, and this fact makes the platform inaccessible for most teachers and students of mainstream schools of the country. Another pitfall is that such innovative technology may be a struggle for computer illiterate teachers. A person should be an advanced user of a computer and the Internet to use this tool as a part of his/her teaching effectively.

Finally, there is no doubt that the platform’s advantages outweigh potential pitfalls. Moreover, it is a perfect tool for students to have fun and be engaged in active learning at the same time, and for teachers – to assure variation.

P.S. It would be great to learn about your experience if you have been using Edmodo in your classroom for a long time.

References

Rader, K. (2012). Using Edmodo in the Classroom [Video File]. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyvqoLYRyVI

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6 thoughts on “Edmodo – technology you want to have in your classroom

  1. Dear Marina,

    thank you for your post.
    As usual, your writing is very informative, considers both advantages and disadvantages of Edmodo and has a clear structure with a logical conclusion. What I also liked in your post is that you used personal examples and showed effectiveness of this tool for the classroom.
    I strongly agree with you that this tool will not be useful for teachers who are not capable of using computers and other technology. In my school this was one of the reasons why Edmodo did not work well. What recommendations will you give to the schools where not all the teachers are computer literate?

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    1. Miramgul,

      Thank you for the question. I guess it is obvious for everyone that if a person doesn’t know something, the only way to help this person is to teach him. One option to help teachers may be to organize courses on computer literacy within their schools. Moreover, as far as I am aware such practicies exist in Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools. The advantage of this is that teaachers may improve direct skills they lack for work.

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  2. Dear Marina,

    Thank you for your great post!
    I would definetely agree with you that Edmodo is very useful too to use for educational purposes. I think this platform is useful for them in terms of preparation to use these kind of platforms in higher education. They will learn how to manage their time especially in meeting deadlines.

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  3. Thank you, Marina!

    I have heard about Edmodo, but never used in my classroom. I have found a video titled Edmodo vs. Schoology, when I was searching a video about schoology as I usually use it for my flipped classroom. I have found that Edmodo and schoology have similar options, but Edmodo gives more opportunities for collaboration rather than schoology. So, I will try to use this tool in my classroom.
    If I introduce it for my colleagues, is there Russian or Kazakh language options?

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    1. Gulzina,

      There are about fifteen languages available, but I don’t think Russian or Kazakh are among those. However, as far as “Google Translate” has a function of websites translation now, you may still recommend Edmodo to you colleagues.

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  4. Marina,

    Edmodo looks much easier to use than Moodle. I watched the video, and I’m convinced that it is very useful, especially for language lessons.

    Marina, your writing here is so clear. Grammar, word choice, structure—-all excellent. Your sentences flow with good transitions, and each paragraph flows from the one above.

    Nice work!

    5/5

    Ann

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