What is edmodo doing for pupils?

It’s giving them access to a form of communication that they are familiar with, the social network. It is providing them with an opportunity and a safe forum to talk about work, with their peers and teachers. It is already allowing pupils to clarify tasks. Here is what two pupils had to say about how an Extended Learning Project group they joined on edmodo helped them gain clarity.

“This group has been useful because when ever we are stuck on the Extended Learning Project (ELP) we can just ask the ‘ELP group’, with the reassurance that someone will reply with an answer. It has also helped us communicate with people we wouldn’t normally talk to at school.”

“I have definitely found it useful if I need help I just ask on the edmodo ‘Superscreamer Group’ and someone replies.”

Pupils are accessing tailored quizzes generated by their own teachers and gaining instant results and feedback. They are being directed to relevant videos, websites and games based learning. Pupils are receiving detailed feedback for assignments, that is easy to access, enabling them to improve their work in their own time. This is ideal for pupils who don’t want to broadcast their efforts.

Pupils are asking specific questions of their teachers as they prepare for Year 11 exams;

“Miss, How are the melting points of ionic, covalent and metal substances different?”
Some pupils are just clarifying deadlines;
“When does BTEC science have to be in for?”
Sometimes they want to know if they are making progress or if their behaviour has improved. Other times they are asking how they can improve. I love this pupils honesty combined with a desire to change.
“Miss I’m not good at poems, I hate them. How can I improve on writing them?”
What is edmodo doing for teachers?
In many ways edmodo is enabling teachers to gather a clearer picture of how pupils are thinking and progressing by means of quizzes, polls, assignments and post replies.  Teachers are using annotation features, comment boxes and grading tools to quickly give feedback that is organised and easily accessible. As I use edmodo I am discovering how it builds relationships and is in essence restorative, as staff and pupils learn together. Both groups are collaborating to develop independent working practices and literacy in a new working environment.
Technology alone is never the answer.
There is generally lots of enthusiasm around the use of this new Social Learning Platform but we need to be careful that we don’t assume our work is done. Early adopters of this new technology, teachers and pupils, will soon lose interest if it doesn’t become integral to the needs of our learning community. Edmodo groups need to be dynamic, interactive and relevant. They need to encourage responsibility, ownership and independence. So they must be  monitored, ensure accountability and remain current.
Richard Hamlin

3 responses »

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  2. Beetee says:

    Hi ! You’re insights on the use of this learning platform is much appreciated. I haven’t learn it yet.

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