The School District of Janesville uses many Web2.0 tools in today’s classrooms. We use a wide variety of technology tools with students to promote high achievement. One of those tools is called Edmodo, which works to all the students in a given classroom with their teacher to resources they can use to advance their learning. Edmodo is unique in the market in that teachers are at the center of a network connecting them to students, administrators, and parents.
Edmodo provides students a safe and secure platform for sharing their work with teachers, peers, and family. It’s designed to excite students about learning in a familiar environment. On Edmodo, teachers can continue classroom discussions online, give polls to check for student understanding, and award badges to individual students based on performance or behavior.
Students are able to practice their language skills through real life conversations with classmates and even extend their learning to students internationally. Edmodo is a great way for teachers and students to stay in touch when one is absent. Teachers can share ideas, files, and links to sites with students in their class, with other teachers, and with parents.
Parents can also set up accounts on Edmodo. Parents can keep up to date on what's happening in the classroom, or reach out to teachers for direct questions and discussions. Teachers are also able to send message to students and parents on how the student is performing.
Edmodo Website and mobile device apps (iPhone/Android) allow access to Edmodo at any time. With Edmodo being available on portable devices, faculty and students can use Edmodo anywhere there is an Internet connection.
We often see changes in technology; advances that take us to the next level. What we often miss are the people behind the newest advancement. In the case of Edmodo, it was started in late 2008 by Nic Borg and Jeff O'Hara. They recognized the need to evolve the school environment to reflect the increasingly connected world, and so set out to develop a tool that closed the gap between how students live their lives and how they learn in school. We’re proud to be using their product with our students – and even more pleased that it’s free for K-12 schools.