A while ago I wrote a post about using Edmodo for classroom discussions. When I started this round of book clubs I decided to involve an Edmodo component. I formed small groups for each of the books and asked students to post one comment a week, respond to a classmate’s post, and then make a reflection comment after their discussion.
I wanted to provide an opportunity for students to interact with their group members outside of the formal discussions. I also wanted a place where they could reflect, as a group, about how well there conversations were going and extend some of the ideas that they came up with. Not to mention, it gives those quieter students a forum for their voice to be heard. This format gives them and me a place to post links to sites that would enrich their experience or information on any beyond the book inquiry questions they have.
Some groups have used the Edmodo format more than others. I guess that’s to be expected. I’m not sure what the long term benefits of it are yet, other than it’s kind of neat and the obvious benefits of learning to interact appropriately on a social network. But I’ll be looking into how I can use this web 2.0 technology to enrich my students’ reading experiences more in the future. Notice I say enrich, not replace.