This year didn’t start out the best for me, or my staff and students. I sustained a back injury during the school break which didn’t allow me to return to work on day one, or day 2-16!
My staff had to hold fort and began the year well, which is always one of the most hectic and stressful times of year. Then, and reports time.
For my students though, especially my senior furniture students, not having me return day one left them a little lost in their process. They ended the last school year researching and designing their Major Project for their final year of school. They were turning in their research and planning to me last year via Edmodo, so I knew where they were headed, but new discussions were needed at the start of this year to ensure they were on track.
So my advice to my staff, and the teacher who would be looking after my seniors especially, was to make sure that the students got onto Edmodo and ask me questions if they had any and I would check in when I could. I would check their work, download attached SketchUp, Excel or Word files, look over them and reply with my advice. I had a few students who relished this connection and made the most of it. This felt good that I was able to help keep them on track.
On a few occasions I managed to log on while my classes were happening and my students got to ask me questions like I was right there with them. One occasion was on my iPhone while waiting to see the Dr. Thankyou Edmodo.
When I eventually returned to school, I was able to continue conversations with my students that were recent, rather than months old.
I know that some teachers don’t want to be available to their students 24/7.
Connecting with your students via Edmodo doesn’t mean that you are available 24/7. But it does provide the opportunity for students to ask questions when they think of them, especially if they have the app. It also gives you the opportunity to pose questions to your students when you think of them, rather than waiting till the next class. In my school, we don’t see the same students every day, so it may be days between lessons. That’s plenty of time for that bright-spark question to disappear.
Do you use Edmodo with your students to maintain a connection or just “in class”?