This year we’ve seen an explosion in the use of Edmodo throughout our elementary schools! I love the way I see teachers using it to engage students in learning. In Mrs. Fergueson’s class at Randolph Elementary she ignites conversations with students by posting open-ended questions. She often posts questions that encourage her students to reflect on their learning. Her students review and discuss what they have learned in class. In Ms. Thompson’s third grade class at Byrd students record themselves reading, and post their recordings to Edmodo. It is a great way for students to practice fluency, and to hear themselves reading. They also have the opportunity to hear the other fantastic readers in the class.
This month our district kicked off a county wide reading initiative called One District, One Book. Students, teachers, and staff members are all reading Stuart Little together. We created an Edmodo page to add a social element to the project. Members from all three elementary schools have joined the group. Students post questions about the book, answer questions posted by teachers and peers, make predictions, and discuss their favorite parts of the book.
Here are some quotes from the page:
“In Stuart Little chapter 6 I think it was funny when the police officer fell into the water.”
“I wish we could read Stuart little every day, even on weekends, and snow days.”
Edward said, “I’m so glad that Stuart got saved buy George!” Another students replied, “If he wasn’t the story would be ruined!”
If you are interested in why we use social media in Goochland County, I encourage you to google phrases such as social media in the classroom or to check out articles such as, The Benefits of Using Social Media in the Classroom. The benefits of using social media in the classroom are numerous and varied, including increased discussion among students and teachers. In addition, social media can bring together students separated by geographic barriers – as has happened in our district Edmodo group for the One District, One Book initiative.
If you are apprehensive about students using social media, then we invite you to join us for a discussion with education and community leaders on the topic. Our original date was canceled due to inclement weather, but we will reschedule asap!