Today one of my middle school literacy classes worked on continuing to read the story “The Ransom of Red Chief.” While they did that they prepared to ask each other questions using Edmodo (a social media tool). I’ve talked about this resource in a previous post, and it is a resource that I love to use, and my students also enjoy it a lot. Click here to see the conversation that has been started about the character “Red Chief.” As the teacher, it is important that I keep the conversation going, so I’ve prompted them with a question to help them continue the conversation the next time they are in class. Today is the first time they have used this tool to collaborate, so I only expected 1 response from them so they can get used to this format.
What I like about Edmodo is that my students can talk to each other in a way that is familiar to them because it’s kind of like Facebook; but this is also a safe place for them because no one has our class code and can randomly insert themselves into the conversation or find my students. This also is a good record of student progress and academic achievement. My students all have learning disabilities, so I know it is tough for them to write, but just seeing that they’ve written semi-complete sentences and connected their comments to each other’s makes me feel like they are accomplishing some good work. I was really proud of them today; they had good focus and they followed directions beautifully to get some real academic work done.
I also used the quiz feature in Edmodo today. Teachers can create their own quizzes with multiple choice, short answer, true/false, or fill-in-the-blank questions. They are easy to grade and the teacher can comment on each question while correcting the quizzes. My 6th and 7th grade students particularly enjoyed the quiz–they ENJOYED it–a quiz! Through Edmodo’s create a quiz feature, I was able to make a quick assessment to determine if they are ready to move on. Even though I’ve been using Edmodo for a few years, this is the first time I’ve made and used a quiz. I really like it, and I will continue to use it because it can make a great exit card and help me form the basis of my next lesson or to see what I need to review. The quiz today was only 4 questions, but it was enough to inform my instruction for tomorrow’s class.