Thursday, June 21, 2012

How to use Edmodo to teach math online

Hendree Milward faced some challenges when he first started teaching his math classes online at Tunxis Community College. He wanted to be able to have rich online discussions with his students, but he found math is a subject that doesn't lend itself as well to online discussion as other subjects, such as business, marketing, and politics, for instance.

In addition, many of Hendree's students have basic technical skills, so any educational technology he used had to require a low level of technical literacy. Hendree wanted to find a platform that would let him hold enriching online discussions with his math students, yet would be user friendly and secure. So he began using Edmodo.

For those who are unacquainted, Edmodo is a social networking platform for learning. Teachers can create networks for each course they teach. They can start topics for discussion, create polls, administer quizzes, assign homework and projects, and post grades. Students can write and respond to posts, take quizzes, and check on their assignments and grades. Edmodo also has a messaging system where teachers can message all their students, and teachers and students can message each other privately.

Hendree went into more detail on Edmodo and how he's using it during Post University's Online Learning Conference 2012. He presented the main features of the platform, and how it has hit the sweet spot of what he was looking for in an online discussion technology.

Take a listen to his presentation to learn more about Hendree's experience with Edmodo, and see if you think Edmodo is worth trying in your own online classes.