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Edmodo: Social Media for the Classroom:

Edmodo: Social Media for the Classroom Leilani Richardson Azusa Pacific University Fall 2011

History:

History In late 2008, Nic Borg and Jeff O'Hara, believing we need to evolve our school environment to reflect the connected world in which we live, set out to create a tool that closes the gap between how students live their lives and how they learn in school. Current social media options were not appropriate for k-12 school settings and thus the San Francisco based company Edmodo was created.

What is Edmoto?:

What is Edmoto? Edmodo provides a safe and easy way for a class to connect and collaborate, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices. Edmodo’s goal is to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every learner. It allows teachers to post messages, discuss classroom topics, assign and grade class work, share content and materials, and network and exchange ideas with their peers.

Engaging Students:

Engaging Students Collaborate, exchange ideas and share content in a secure, closed environment. Provide a safe environment for differentiating instruction with one-to-one or whole group communication. Create an anytime, anywhere mobile learning environment with smart phone apps and mobile site. Provide easy access to projects, class work and school events through assignments, quiz builder, calendar and grade book features.

Connecting with Professionals:

Connecting with Professionals Edmodo Communities instantly connect teachers to a global network of educators. Participate in Subject Area and Partner Communities to extend professional development experiences and promote lifelong learning. Share your successes, interests, and career achievements with your personal profile URL. Expand your Professional Learning Network (PLN).

Share and Store Content:

Share and Store Content Store and manage documents in a wide range of file formats in a cloud-based environment. Create and manage your personal content library, including the best content you've discovered, shared and received. Share all content for a unit of study through library folder-sharing. Allow students to access the content they need immediately via their Edmodo 'Backpack'.

Benefits:

Benefits Edmodo, unlike other social media offerings, is secure and open only to students by teachers who provide them with account criteria that will connect them to their specific classes. Edmodo allows educators to integrate current technology into the classroom that students can navigate through and use to access classroom and school information directly from their teacher. Students receive feedback and can communicate with their teachers using methods that are in line with growth and development of technology yet still safe and appropriate for students.

Future Implications:

Future Implications In an article in Education Week, Flanigan (2011) states that “Face-to-face interaction has its benefits, but busy educators who want to ask advice, offer opinions, and engage in deep discussions with colleagues are increasingly turning to professional learning networks—online communities that allow the sharing of lesson plans, teaching strategies, and student work, as well as collaboration across grade levels and departments.” The opportunity Edmodo provides to collaborate with educators around the country can change the way in which professional learning communities are conducted and organized. Resources like Edmodo are also changing the classroom and the way in which educators communicate with their students. It is not a replacement but more of an enhancement to programs which have successfully integrated Edmoto.

References:

References Borg, N and O’hara J. (2011). Edmodo features. Retrieved from http://features.edmodo.com/ Craig, E. (2012). Edmodo's K-12 Social Network Helps Teachers Connect with Students---and One Another. Xconomy . Retrieved from http://www.xconomy.com/san-francisco/2012/01/03/edmodos-k-12-social-network-helps-teachers-connect-with-students/ Flanigan , R. L. (2011, October 24). Professional Learning Networks Taking Off. Education Week. Retrieved from http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2011/10/26/09edtech-network.h31.html Guynn , J.(2011, December 8). Edmodo, Facebook for classrooms, lands $15 million, top advisors. Los Angeles Times . Retrieved from http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2011/12/edmodo-facebook-for-classrooms-lands-15-million-top-advisers.html

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