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Edmodo, Literature Circles, and the Common Core
Transcript of Edmodo, Literature Circles, and the Common Core
What is Edmodo?
Edmodo is a completely free website that allows student to student and student to teacher interactions online. There is also the capability for teacher to parent interactions.
Edmodo is designed to look and feel just like Facebook, so students, teachers, and parents don’t need to learn a brand new online system, like a wiki, or Blackboard.
Why Use Edmodo?
Edmodo is completely free and 100% secure (though there are elements you can add for a fee, such as apps).
It allows teachers to send important information and reminders to students (and parents) through posts and alerts, and it even allows teachers to create polls, online quizzes, snapshots for common core standards and , and a calendar of events. Likewise, it can be used for online submission of assignments and Edmodo has the online tools to grade said assignments (highlight, strike-through, comment, draw, etc)
Edmodo allows group messaging and direct messaging—for students questions and concerns—BUT, it does not allow students to direct message each other, cutting down on any potential for cyber bullying, cheating, etc.
Reaching Digital Natives
Lansdowne High School
Teachers create their groups (pages), which generates a private code for students. Students then create their username and password, enter the code for the group(s) they want to join, and they become part of that private group.
Small groups can also be created within the larger group
Once a student joins, a parent code is automatically generated so their parent/guardian can stay in the loop regarding school. Both students and teachers have access to this code, and can choose to share it with parents.
Teachers, students, and parents all have the ability to select free text messaging OR email alerts, in which case they will be alerted when ANYTHING happens within their group, or small group.
Parent codes allow parents to see all of their child’s interactions with the teacher, and any teacher generated posts (that the teacher opens to them), but it does NOT allow parents to see what other children are doing—making it an extremely secure site.
A Literature Circle is a structure for talking about a book with one’s peers as they read it together.
Students are in charge of the entire learning process while the teacher moderates, occasionally stepping in to provide help when needed.
There are between 4-6 members in each literature circle, 5 being the opportune number, and each member rotates through one of the following jobs throughout the project:
Discussion Director: Provides thought provoking questions for discussion
Passage Master: Picks passages that stand out and explains significance, asking peers their thoughts
Connector: Connects event within novel to real life and explains significance, asking peers their thoughts
Character Captain: Picks characters to discuss their traits, asking peers their thoughts
Wordsmith: Picks words that stand out for any number of reasons, explains significance, asking peers their thoughts
Literature Circle Roles
Traditional Literature Circles
Edmodo and Literature Circles
To create online literature circles, I create small groups and place students in them. Small groups are also secure, so any student NOT in a small group will NOT be able to see what their peers are doing within the small group—hence, less cheating.
Students are told how far to read and are given a particular role to complete. A due date is given, and students upload their role by the due date.
Edmodo and the Creation of Literature Circles
Students then have until the following week to RESPOND to THREE of the five roles (my students must write 200 words per response, minimum, complete with analysis)
Then, by the end of the next week, they must choose THREE peers responses and RESPOND to that peer’s comments about the book.
I designed this after Casenex and college forums where students must read a text, blog their response, and then choose a peer to respond to, as well. And, it works very well in the high school classroom.
Edmodo and the Creation of Literature Circles
A Look At Online Literature
Circles at Work:
Aside from freeing up class time to work on other lessons by making Literature Circles online… and aside from being able to add up to five core curriculum books to students’ course learning throughout the year, online Literature Circles meets the standards of the core curriculum coming down the pipeline.
What’s the Purpose?
Online Literature Circles allow students to learn to speak and listen in a brand new setting—through the written word. It provides a voice to those who are shy in classroom setting, and it allows all students to gather their thoughts and state them in a professional manner. Time is given to think of responses, whereas class discussions don’t always give that ability.
Common Core and Online Literature Circle Learning
Speaking and Listening: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
SL. 4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence…
SL. 6 Adapt speech to a variety of context and tasks, demonstrating
a command of formal English when indicated or appropriate
Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration
SL. 1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions…
SL. 2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media
Standards Addressed Through the Common Core By Using Online Literature Circles
Reading Literature: Craft and Structure
RL. 4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text…
RL. 5 Analyze impact of the author’s choice regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story of drama…
Reading Literature: Key Ideas and Details
RL. 1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis…
RL. 2 Determine themes or central ideas of a text and analyze them…
Standards Addressed Through the Common Core and Online Literature Circles
W. 5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revisions, editing…
Writing: Research to build and Present Knowledge
W. 9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research
Writing: Range of Writing
W. 10 Write routinely over extended time frames and shorted time frames…
Writing: Text Types and Purposes
W. 1 Write arguments to support claims in a an analysis of substantive topics or texts…
W. 2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey ideas, concepts…
Writing: Production and Distribution
W. 4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate…
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
4. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
5. Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
6. Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Comprehension and Collaboration
1. Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
2. Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
3. Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
College and Career Readiness
Set up: Resources for Using Edmodo: http://www.bcps.org/offices/oit/STEM/edmodo.htm
Baltimore County School Codes for Sign Up: https://intranet.bcps.org/offices/oit/edmodo.htm
Join my Help Group on Edmodo. I’ve created videos to show users how to set up literature circles in this group. To join, use this code: qynksl
In today’s day and age, technology has taken the forefront of our students’ lives. Our students are digital natives who need education to morph with their learning styles.
Using Edmodo both inside and outside of the classroom allows students to generate their own learning through the written word, while accessing technology and adhering to the Common Core Standards
Traditionally, Literature Circles have been completed in the classroom.
Students read to a certain page, complete their role on the worksheet provided, and come together as a group to discuss, face-to-face
Using Edmodo for Literature Circles frees up class time for other important lessons.
The teacher can easily facilitate and monitor online as opposed to trying to move between five or six groups within a classroom
Edmodo has made online literature circles and blogging fairly easy to access and complete.
Students like the ease of Edmodo—it’s a site they understand and the ease of uploading their work and responding makes it seem much less daunting (than previous online blogging platforms I’ve tried--Wiki)