Learning Management Systems are sites you can use for admin, documenting and reporting e-learning. I have been using a LMS for over 5-years and just now realized it! I learned about LMS in a global chat this year. This weeks #ksedchat is about this topic so I thought I'd go into detail about it.
My first year teaching we were given Netbooks set to a student profile. There were 5 per room and they would always default to the student profile at restart. I was struggling at the time communicating web links. Every day I would have to review typing in hyperlinks or adding in shortcuts onto the desktop. I remember the most horrendous one was always the BBC Multi-Syllable Factory at:
I finally started teaching them keyword searching at that point and still felt like I needed a shorter, more efficient delivery method. That is when @cmaytic referred me to @Edmodo. It was sold to me as "Kid Facebook" and that is how I sold it to my students. They absolutely loved it and I enjoyed giving them an outlet for communication.
The moment I had one student post a video link and music video the kids were amazed. They saw its potential and dove into the work.
Over the last 5 years, Edmodo has evolved in my classroom as new features became unlocked. I have never paid for any of the main features I use. I remember the first time I learned about the restriction tab. I put 3-students on it immediately so I could screen anything they post. It was always:
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and very random. 2-3 times a day they post it to.
I would reject those posts then respond with a clear reason. This is not a text message site. I want a sentence or thought with good grammar. Our class rule is only one ! per page and I still enforce that here.
Now we use Edmodo for so much more. The main features my kids crave:
Multiple classrooms - we share with two different sets of pen pals this year on Edmodo. We post on a joint page and get feedback on our publishing efforts.
Shortcuts - Anytime I need a specialized shortcut for a site I use this to launch their efforts.
New Ways I will use Edmodo next year:
Badges - we are starting to add badge awards for hallway behavior, fast reflexes, etc for behavior in my rooms.
Writing Progress - Now that Edmodo ties into apps we are going to use For All Rubrics so parents can see grades on our #PBL. I also want students to use it as a reporting option where we will send out reports and photos from our weekly work.
Yesterday, I came across several responses to Scott McLeod's post called We Have to Stop Pretending. Scott lists five things we have to stop pretending.
The more appropriate term is a Growth Mindset. This shift in terminology has made an enormous impact. Especially on how I approach intervention. I preach this to my students and even showed this great video to explain the process.
I am a 2nd Grade teacher with years of experience in digital editing and film. I have a 2nd Degree Black Belt, am a professional wedding photographer, and instruct fine art painting classes.