After attending the PLC Summit 2011 in Arizona, I gained a greater insight into how important collaboration is. Not just within my school, but in the U.S., and other countries. With that being said, I give Kudos to Edmodo for allowing collaboration to take place on their site. Edmodo is not just a site for my students, but it is also a site for me. You might not know this, but Edmodo allows you, not only to join communities, but to create them. I have only created one community, a school district PLC community, but, unfortunately, they’re not ready for Edmodo. They think it’s too high tech, and so I sit, the only member in that community. Hopefully, some day, but I digress.
I joined the Edmodo communities, just as I did EduPln, Twitter, LinkedIn, hoping to find other teachers who were into what I’m into. Who share my passion, and see nothing wrong with going home, getting on the laptop, desktop, Ipad, whatever floats your boat, and looking for other teachers to help them make teaching what it should be, engaging, interesting, and passionate. (Hmmmm… is passionate too strong a word?) Understand, I am by no means downing the other sites, it’s just that Edmodo is my favorite.:)
Edmodo is , different. I not only have two, yes two, pen pal buddy classes for my class, which by the way they love, (Which one Mrs.M, our Cali Pen pals or our NJ friends?) , but I have learned so much from my unknown, unseen, colleagues. If you join an Edmodo community, you notice a number of things.
They are very, very, generous with their knowledge.
These teachers share links, files, sites,student work, etc…
They provide unsolicited information, valuable, usable, information!
They answer your questions, not just one teacher, but many teachers!
They say things like “Thank you”, and “Great idea!”
They are so helpful, really, I am not exaggerating!
They have a community for each subject, so you can pick and choose which ones you want to join.
Here’s an example. Every year, I have my students perform poetry for their parents. I call it “Poetry Day.” It is great, everyone loves it, BUT, I struggle to get the students to write various types of poetry, Well, the other day, one of my Edmodo colleagues posted this link, ETTC Instant Poetry Forms. Voila! My problem is solved. Of course, I immediately thanked her, as all good Edmodo community members do.:)
Love it! I will continue to learn from my colleagues, and share my knowledge with them. I just thank Edmodo for giving me the opportunity to collaborate with teachers who are serious about what they do, teach!