Saturday, 24 October 2009 | 9 Comments
Week 1 is over, and I need to reflect on what happen when I introduced laptops into my classroom.
The simple activities for getting our laptops ready for work and personalising them were well received.
However, I was left stunned after introducing them to Edmodo. I was keen to use this Facebook-like web-application designed for classroom use. Shortly after Edmodo was released, I tried to get it unblocked, unsuccessfully. Months later I noticed that it had been unblocked. So, when Year 9 got their laptops, it was a perfect opportunity to introduce this to a class.
I got my class (Year 9 Maths) to sign-up, it was the last session of the day. Very quickly, the students found that they could post messages for everyone else in the class to see – not a big deal, it’s part of the application and one way it allows for a different type of collaboration in the classroom.
When I got home and logged-in to Edmodo I was taken a-back by the number of inappropriate messages. I was going to give an example here, but I’m sure you know what inappropriate is.
I’ve been thinking about this all week, and discussing with my colleagues:
What I think I did right:
What I think I did wrong:
Ways that Edmodo could be improved:
Some other thoughts:
In the end, I shut down the group. I was monitoring live on Friday, responding to inappropriate comments, and deleting them – the students could see me doing it, it continued. Further, they were using this in other teacher’s classes – it was simply not fair for me to unleash this on other teachers without warning (mind you, these other teachers obviously didn’t notice).
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