What is Edmodo?
When Edmodo.com was initially introduced to me, it was advertised as a great site for sharing resources among teachers. Designed in a theme similar to Facebook, teachers can share great items, such as reading materials, videos, and programs. They can also comment on each shared resource, leading to quick discussions on the usefulness and/or proper implementation of the said resource. This can be extremely valuable for teachers who are often lacking the opportunity to collaborate with fellow teachers in the same content area. Teachers make the best thieves, right?
Upon further investigation of Edmodo, it can also act as a Learning Management System. A teacher can enter student groups on the site and conduct a digital classroom through Edmodo. One can give assignments to students, such as reading materials and discussions. Quizzes and surveys can also be given. Because Edmodo is fairly simplistic to set-up, this can be a valuable resource for a teacher who is uncomfortable in creating their own interactive site, but is eager to conduct more 21st Century learning activities.
Here a few other sites discussing the implementation of Edmodo:
15 Things Teachers & Students Can Do with Edmodo: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/12/15-things-teachers-students-can-do-with.html#.VMxHFGTF_lM
20 Ways to Use Edmodo in the Classroom: http://www.slideshare.net/seyfert6/20-ways-to-use-edmodo
A Complete Guide on How to Use Edmodo in Your Teaching: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2013/08/a-complete-tutorial-on-how-to-use.html
The 21st Century classroom is more than simply addressing what education is today. It is attempting to make education what it should be in 2015, rather than continuing the learning practices that we know from the 20th Century. It is literally pointing out, “Hey, it’s not 1998 anymore!” As educators, we owe our students the opportunity to learn in the true 21st Century.
The Connected Classroom’s article (http://theconnectedclassroom.wikispaces.com/Classroom) also points out that 21st Century learning is “much more than just having good technology skills. It is learning core subjects with application of these learning skills and communication tools.” This type of learning is student-centered, which is what we have always wanted as teachers, but have always struggled with truly implementing. A great tool for creating this student-based, collaborative learning is blogging. The reason blogs have been so popular over the years has been their relative ease in giving anyone a platform to speak their ideas and allow others to join the conversation. This opportunity is just as relevant in the classroom where we want all of our students to speak their mind and have deep conversations. With a blog, teachers can put the conversation completely in the students’ hands and allow all of the wait-time needed for students to construct and deliver their opinion. As teachers, we can simply watch and “listen” to the direction the students take the conversation about the content that they forgot we asked them to learn.
A few other articles about 21st Century classrooms —
21st Century Classroom: http://theconnectedclassroom.wikispaces.com/Classroom
Technology, Instruction, and the 21st Century Classroom: http://www.edtechmagazine.com/higher/article/2013/05/technology-instruction-and-21st-century-classroom
Top 10 Characteristics of a 21st Century Classroom: http://edtechreview.in/news/862-top-10-characteristics-of-a-21st-century-classroom
The Four C’s: Making 21st Century Learning Happen: