I love the New Years. It is a great time for goodwill and regardless of religion, race, or financial means, many people smile this day. It is also a tradition to get rid of the old and in with the new. Edmodo takes this to heart all year long which is why I love them. This post is all about some new and big improvements with their features. Read on past the break to get the details of how Edmodo has become a bit better and why this is good news to you.
One big change is right in your Edmodo homepage. Edmodo has new communities that you can join. Why is this important, well, in your school you are limited by the number of professionals teaching what you are. Now, you can expand your personal learners network (PLN). This usually leads to learning some great new ideas and it makes it easier to share your own or ask people about some of your ideas. Check out the pictures below
to see what it will look like.
To get more information on why reaching beyond your school to develop your PLN check out this presentation created by Bethany Smith.
I’ll write more about PLNs later, but for now let’s stick with Edmodo. One gripe that I’ve heard from other teachers about Edmodo is when students have turned in assignments via Edmodo, it is kind of a pain to grade. They end up doing it one at a time or by opening up a bunch of tabs. As much as I love Edmodo, this was a cumbersome way to go about it. Edmodo has heard our pleas and have created a new way to handle grading assignments. Check out below for what it used to look like.
You would have the students and could see who has tuned it in and who has not, but to grade them, you had to click on the person and it would take you to a new page. Now check out the new and improved.
On this new view, you can see all the students on the left. When you click on that student, it does not load a new page. The window on the right simply changes. Here you can open up the document or preview and grade it right there. When you click the Grade button it will just update that window without loading the whole page again. Clever huh?
Also you can set what the assignment will be out of, that way you don’t have to type it in each time, which only takes a second, but can be a bit annoying.
So there you have it, the new and improved Edmodo. I’m sure that 2011 will bring better and more changes for Edmodo.