Monday, October 25, 2010

Webinar Information

Introduction to Edmodo

  • Sign up for free school and district features…cater to educators
  • Can share all kinds of documents and can edit and share lots of lessons
  • Can talk with a whole class, part of a class, or individuals so lots of diversity
  • You can grade in Edmodo by making assignments available to students
  • It is mobile so you can get it on your phone to follow
  • Professional development groups to share resources and connect within the community of Edmodo
  • Links to your community of educators are very easy to on teacher’s name
  • Under Edmodo Community to request friends
  • Entire districts and have access to their own group
  • Can connect to individual teachers and send messages
  • Create a class and students have an account
  • Personal Use: I have been using this with other science teachers to share resources at Westside Middle.
Edmodo. (September 30, 2010). Introduction to Edmodo. Retrieved September 30, 2010 from

Wiki's in the Classroom
  • Collaboration is a skill and kids need to learn it
  • Can do at any time--whatever works for the individual
  • Can be a final product as a result of the process
  • Peer review can become important to them and get them more serious about their contribution
  • One person edits at a time
  • Students can’t be possessive…it is shared and they need to learn what, when, and how to edit other people's work
  • Quick, collaborative, can be monitored by the teacher, ever changing products
  • All users are equal contributors, asynchronous, geographical limitations lessened
  • Can be used to create a reference library for students or teachers
  • One computer or many…it still works
  • Digital natives (students) have an easy time with it, writing skills enhanced, community developed
  • Of practice, on-demand learning
  • Problems: privacy/security, competition for page access, personal attachment to content
  • And peer editing, unstructured in a way, content cloning, need internet connection
  • Personal Use: Students in my science class that tested out of the scientific method unit did an experiment on their own, then put the lab write-up together on a Wiki space through Blackboard
Smiley, Carolee. (August 19, 2009). Wikis in the Classroom. Retrieved October 2, 2010 from

Twitter in the Classroom by BrainPOP
  • Microblogging tool 140 characters at a time.
  • Can do as a whole group or on their own time
  • Can reference individual students or talk to class in general
  • Parents can get connected and follow what is going on in the class
  • Stream you can follow about topics you are interested in
  • Express ideas, what they are learning, builds writing fluency, helps bilingual students
  • Helps with grammar practice, computer skills are important to learn and use
  • Easily collaborate with other classrooms, record classroom events and share with other classrooms and the global connection
  • Survey other classrooms, summarize what is being learned, post happenings (assignments), content connections, post pics and videos of learning
  • You can control what is seen and shared and can give students feedback
  • Personal Use: Since Twitter is blocked here at school, I did use the blog function on Blackboard to have students discuss the characteristics of living things with another teacher's students
Glynn, Dorrie. (October 13, 2010). Twitter in the Classroom. Retrieved October 13, 2010 form

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