Welcome to Part III of the Edmodo series. Edmodo has become an active part of my classroom. This has allowed us to become a virtually paperless class. Students are able to submit all work through Edmodo to me. I can view it, score it, and provide comments and feedback. There are even features that students can use that send a text message to them when new assignments are posted, alerts, polls, or any other element they wish to be notified about immediately. Here is a picture of the my home page. Notice the controls at the top. I can access all grades, view my classes in isolation, read messages posted just for me, delete information, and basically control the entire setting. This is an invaluable tool for any classroom.
Using the picture above as a guide, let’s look at some of the useful components of this application.
In the picture above, the orange circle is where I go to view grades. I can see who is missing assignments, and record a score for each student. The student pages offer the same function, but just for the student who is logged in.
If you notice the yellow line, this is an example of an assignment that I posted. This is how it looks to students. I included a due date, and directions. My screen shows me that even though this assignment is not due until January 31, nine students have already submitted this.
The black arrow points to my groups. These are the groups that I have created or joined. My three groups are listed there. If a student has more than one teacher on Edmodo, they simply join each teacher’s group. They can easily navigate between the groups.
The happy face is labeled that way because this is the section of Edmodo that will make your life happier and easier! This is the area where you post any messages! Create polls, add links, attach your media (maybe a Prezi?), create assignments, and reply to peers and students within Edmodo. This is the center of your Edmodo operation!
Finally, you have the red box on the right side of the screen. This is what Iconsider an update area. It shows how many assignments have been submitted (I have quite a few) for all of your groups, any new replies, or posts can be quickly accessed here as well. You are also able to view only assignments, polls, or any area that you wish to view in isolation.
I hope this helped get you interested in using Edmodo. If you do, please search for my name (the red box) and send me a message. I would love to hear of your Edmodo adventures!