Thing 12: Social Learning & Learning Management Systems

You know how sometimes you hear something and act like “Of course I know what that is. I would use it if I just had more time.”  Well, this lesson is one of those for me.

I’ve heard about Edmodo for years. In my current school I don’t know of anyone using Edmodo, although with support there are a few that I think would be happy to give it a try. In my prior school teachers used, and loved it. My son currently uses Edmodo for three of his 8th grade classes.  I thought I knew what it was all about, and had decided it wasn’t for me. Well, after exploring for this lesson, I found out I couldn’t be more wrong…..and the timing couldn’t be more right. It is time to jump in!

My third quarter classes start February 3rd and my 6th grade book clubs start next week. I will be jumping into Edmodo with both feet for both of these.  I have:

  1. Setup my teacher account, complete with image thanks to the avatar I created in the last session of CoolToolsforSchools.
  2. Setup a book club group with a “Favorite Genre” poll to get us started.
  3. Setup a class group and started working on the calendar. Instead of creating a paper calendar I will be using the online calendar. I am also excited about using the quiz feature as a tool to gauge learning in my classes.

I learned a lot about Goodreads from this lesson and look forward to suggesting that to teachers also. As you can see from my sidebar I am very active in Goodreads. It’s where I keep track of my personal reading and my ideas for book talks. As much as I love it I never thought of using it with a class but I think it’s a great way to prepare our students for for the future. After all, online feedback has become a huge part of our lives. Who hasn’t looked at a review of an item on Amazon before making a purchase? A Goodreads moderated group will be a great way for students to post book reviews to a real audience in a safe way. I will be suggesting this as a tool to work with our 8th grade students in their book review project.

I’m excited to get started with what I’ve learned here!

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About Kim Nemeth

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a High School Library Media Specialist in beautiful Saratoga Springs New York. I am an avid reader and am addicted to learning. This blog was originally started as part of the Cool Tools for Schools project in 2012. Since then I have continued to participate in Cool Tools for Schools and add my thoughts here. I found this blog to be an excellent place to refer to when I needed an idea or had a tick mark in my head and needed a reminder. I would love comments and feedback on my posts. Enjoy!
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