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Effective Education Use of Edmodo By: Sharnjit Moondi

Description of Use Creating and joining communities with other teachers and administrators Teachers ask questions regarding a difficulty they may be having or ask for differentiated approaches to teaching a particular area or topic Teachers can answer the questions that others may ask regarding anything Teachers can post links to lessons, websites, and other resources that can be shared with others Questions & Answers can be seen by many and therefore everyone is able reinforce an idea or gain more insight Learn about more differentiated approaches Rationale Teachers have the ability to find out innovative ways to approach particular topics and concepts that the class seems to be having difficulty with. After doing a informal diagnostic of the class and see what their preconceptions of a topic are, further research and assistance would be useful from other teachers, this is something that was discussed in the How People Learn: Bridging Research and Practice document. This document also represented the importance of formative assessments and through such communities you are able to establish new ongoing ways of formatively assessing students. Many Learning Theories support this strategy as being effective. They have been listed in the Special Detail section. This strategy fits in very well with the norms that have been mentioned in The Eight Norms of the Net Generation by Tapscott, which are Collaboration, Integrity, Creativity, Innovation, and relationships. I think that Collaboration is one of the largest norms in effect in this strategy because each teacher is working together to create the most safest and learning centered environment for all students. This strategy embodies many skills that are laid out in the 21st Century Skills document by Kay. Some of them have been outlined in the Specific Details section with brief reasons as to why. Specific Detail Learning Theories - Social Learning Theory (Evaluating the observations of others to establish the use of it for yourself) - Elaboration Theory - Discovery Theory - Constructivism (Teachers will always build on prior knowledge) - Design-Based Research Methods (Creating more authentic contexts in collaborations with other teachers, not just looking at measuring against a set of standards) - ADDIE Model (Implementing a new idea from others has a process in ensuring that it will be successful) 21st Century Skills - Learning and Innovation Skills - Creativity and Innovation (New resources and ideas) - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (Thinking about ways of changing and finding a solution)

Communication and Collaboration (Teachers working together) - Information, Media and Technology Skills - Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Literacy (new tools to implemented) - Life and Career Skills - Flexibility and Adaptability - Initiative and Self-Direction - Social and Cross-Cultural Skills - Leadership and responsibility - 21st Century Education Support Systems - 21st Century Standards and Assessments - 21st century Professional Development Small groups working on a particular topic and then sharing with large group Students can be grouped together due to varies reasons and there can be groups working from different schools or even countries Group must work together on creating a final product to share with a larger group of students Students must participate in what is happening in their group Teachers are able to see the participation going on in the It has been discussed in class about the importance of change especially due to the fact that each student has their own way of learning and pace at which they learn best. Working in small groups works towards the needs of each student because weaker students are able to gain from stronger students in the group along with contribute any ideas that they have. Stronger students are able to challenge themselves by explaining what they think to all students, so that each student is on the same page. Also, as mentioned in classes, technology use is a way to engage those students that are disengaged in traditional teaching methods and need this extra boost of interest. Based on the How People Learn: Bridging Research and Practice document, the preconceptions of students must be considered and working in a small group generally creates a userLearning Theories - ARCS Model (grab Attention of class with tool, Relevant question/topic, Confidence is built through a small group setting, Satisfaction is achieved by achieve the correct end result.) - Social learning Theory (learn through watching others in the group) - Problem-Based Learning - Discovery theory - Engagement Theory (Studentcentered learning) 21st century Skills - Learning and Innovation

group and evaluate specific skills Teachers can evaluate if a topic has not been understand and may need to be revisited

friendlier environment, in which students feel safe enough to share their knowledge and build upon it or build new knowledge. Also, working on a specific topic with a small group means that students are becoming experts of that topic and therefore gaining deeper understanding of that specific topic. Within the document it demonstrated how having a deeper understanding of a subject matter could be transformed from factual knowledge to usable knowledge. A small group in which there are deadlines for a final project to be completed and little check points in the middle is a great way to have students set goals and monitor their understanding to see where they need to gain more knowledge. There was also an importance put on classroom environments in the document, small groups in EDMODO provide opportunities for students to work individually and then share with the group members. This effective use also incorporates a variety of learning theories and some have been listed under specific details of this section. From The Eight Norms of the Net Generation by Tapscott, this effective strategy addresses the needs of collaboration, relationships, integrity (through digital literacy), entertainment and innovation. Students are able to work as a group and create a final project that can be created in any manner as long as their point comes across to the audience From 21st Century Skills by Kay, this strategy utilizes many skills that need to be acquired to become successful in the 21st Century. There are some listed under the specific detail for this section. All the skills listed definitely vary depending on the students own self-achievement and want to be successful. As educators, we understand the importance of all parties that are involved in the education of a student; Parents, Teachers, Administrators, Students and etc., so parents having the ability to check on

Skills - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving - Communication and Collaboration - Information, Media, and Technology Skills - Information and Communication Literacy (How to communicate appropriate with others) - Life and Career Skills - Leadership and Responsibility (Taking on different roles) - Social and Cross-Cultural Skills (variety of students) - 21st Century Education Support Systems - 21st Century Learning Environments (EDMODO environment)

Parent accessibility and involvement Parents are able to track their childs progress without

Learning Theories - ARCS Model (Attention through the use of the tool, relevance is looking at their

contacting the teacher or make sure that the student is providing accurate information Parents can see if their child is submitting work on time, it always shows the date and time of submission for everything Parents can visually see students assignments, evaluated copy along with an evaluation tool Parents can see if their child is asking for additional assistance online and whether they are being provided with efficient assistance Parents are able to be notified of specific events that are happening with the class or school Parents are able to maintain better communication with their child and the teacher

their childs progress is a big advantage for EDMODO. From How People Learn: Bridging Research and Practice, it presents the ideas that classes need to be learner centered and free for experimentation. Learner centered is targeted towards students but it does take into account parents as well and the importance in them seeing the learners progress themselves without having to ask the teacher, creating a more learner centered environment for parents as well. Teachers having the ability to experiment, which means using this tool and giving parent the ability to keep track on their own and ensure that they are doing what they can in their childs success. This strategy takes into consideration many learning theories and it also takes into account some 21 st century skills as well that would be very applicable to parents of the 21st century to assist in achieving the highest degree of success for their child. They are all listed in the specific detail section. From The Eight Norms of the Net Generation by Tapscott, this strategy is supported by a couple of norms such as integrity and relationship. Parents build a strong relationship with the teacher and their child, which contributes to student success. Parents present themselves with integrity especially keeping in mine that anything written online cannot be deleted by them.

childs progress, Confidence that their child is doing well and assistance is at their fingertips, and Satisfaction is knowing that their child has achieved a particular mark or skill) Discovery Theory (Trying the tool out) Humanism (Parents are studying their childs progress)

21st Century Skills - Information, Media and technology Skills Information and Communications (ICT) Literacy - 21st Century Education Support Systems - 21st Century Standards and Assessments - 21st Century Learning Environment