Edmodo

 

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Edmodo is a free web based platform which allows both students and parents to connect and collaborate with teachers both inside and outside the classroom.


 

Safety

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Safety is seen to be the number one reason why an increasing number of teachers are using edmodo in the classroom.Additionally, it allows students and teacher to communicate with each other outside of the classroom – in a professional manner.

It’s designed to allow social networking in the classroom but in a controlled and safe manner.

Students can post and chat to each other via a wall. You can see the similarity of edmodo to other social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter in its layout in a classroom setting. These familiar layouts can increase student’s confidence in collaborating with others students thus creating an online learning environment which can promote potential among students.

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Students can’t create accounts without their teacher thus there is no spam accounts or false pretence as to who is online. How this is done is each account is set up by a teacher and given a unique code which they can give to their students.


Another appeal is teachers can upload documents as it can be difficult to locate handouts and powerpoints weeks after they have been given out in class.

Additionally, Edmodo is accessible on moblie phones making it ideal to log in and quickly check something while on the go.


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Would I recommend it?

The verdict on edmodo is this is one of the most useful and available resources that should be taken advantage of by teachers and students. It also allows for an open communication between the teachers and parents as to what is being covered in class and what notes students should have!

Short tutorial on how to Edmodo is used!

Tutorial on how to get set up with Edmodo.


For more on edmodo try the links and articles below!

  • https://www.edmodo.com/teachers
  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fusionprojects.edmodo&hl=en
  • @edmodo
  • Holland, C. & Muilenburg, L. (2011). Supporting Student Collaboration: Edmodo in the Classroom. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.),Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011 (pp. 3232-3236). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
  • http://conference.pixel-online.net/ICT4LL2012/common/download/Paper_pdf/90-IBT18-FP-Kongchan-ICT2012.pdf
  • Sanders, K.S. An examination of the academic networking site Edmodo on student engagement and responsible learning. Ph.D. thesis, University of South Carolina.
  • https://www.edmodo.com/images/rttd/Edmodo_RTTD_Overview.pdf
  • Batsila, M., Tsihouridis, C. & Vavougios, D. (2014). Entering the Web-2 Edmodo World to Support Learning: Tracing Teachers’ Opinion After Using it in their Classes. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 9(1), 53-60. Kassel, Germany: International Association of Online Engineering.
  • Batsila, M., Tsihouridis, C. & Vavougios, D. (2014). Entering the Web-2 Edmodo World to Support Learning: Tracing Teachers’ Opinion After Using it in their Classes. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning (iJET), 9(1), 53-60. Kassel, Germany: International Association of Online Engineering.
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Bullying

Last week, Mental Health Day was celebrated across the globe. However, one huge factor which can contribute to mental health issues is bullying – especially in schools! Bullying is one of the few words no one wants to hear. Everyone has a story of some sort of bullying.

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Every school has a strict no tolerance of bullying. However the new question that’s starting to emerge is –  has physical bullying moved to cyber-bullying??

Cyber-bullying has become a huge problem in society. It can result in instant viral status which isn’t always appreciated. Once something becomes viral it’s difficult to remove. However, there is anti-bullying movements that are online which fight against this exact type of bullying whether it be intentional or not.

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One page which is getting increasing attention is AntiBullyingIreland. (URL: https://twitter.com/AntiBullyingIre?lang=en). I highly recommended it. It’s updated quite frequently and has amazing resources and ideas. One of my favourite posts so far has been this one:

happiness jar

This is a simple idea which could change the life of many. A happiness jar – simple yet effective and could be used by anyone.  For those days that it seems like an eternity just remember this quote and take out your happiness jar. You will be surprised by what you have achieved.

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Great websites and supports for countering bullying!

Pause and take a moment – Before you tweet

Future Careers dashed because of a Tweet? 


On this blog there is a lot of reference to using online social media platforms such as twitter, blogs, educational websites and resources. Each of these websites allows for people to add and express opinions on these social media platforms – which is great!

However, sometimes it’s easy to forget  that these are public online social media platforms that can be accessed by anyone. 

Students have to abide to strict internet usage policies, and most schools have certain websites blocked in schools to ensure safety. However, outside of school what protects students from making a social faux pas mistake online for the whole world to see?

Students outside of schools may not realise the impact that their social media platforms will have on future opportunities. For example:

66 percent of recruiters reconsidered candidates because of spelling and grammar errors in their social profiles (U.S. Money Worldwide, June 15, 2015)

Though this may seem irrelevant to education it may make a good lessons on creating awareness of pause and think before using any social media platform which can be accessed.


Resources


12 things students should never do on social Media 

Social Media Mistakes 

Examples of Students being expelled