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!


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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