As the school year ends, many educators are sharing the great ways they plan to use Edmodo over the summer. If you’re looking to stay connected with colleagues and engage students over the summer, here are eight ideas to help you get started, as shared by members of the Edmodo community:
1. Edmodo Summer Camp
“We are using Edmodo this summer for our incoming fifth graders. The only classes at our K 5 elementary with computers are the fifth grade. So we decided this year we would help speed up the learning curve and get students excited about 21st century learning by having an Edmodo Summer Camp. We have a book club, websites for them to learn how to use, apps from the Edmodo app store and just an area to help build community for our classes. So far we have almost half of our students signed up and we have only been out 3 days! The participation has been great so far! We will post tasks and challenges for fun twice a week and award badges to students who complete the assigned task or challenge. I think by using Edmodo over the summer we will see great results in our learning this next year!” – Wes Brownfield
2. Summer Reading Group
“We are using Edmodo over the summer with rising 6th grade students at one of our middle schools. The group is for their summer reading program and will allow students to communicate what they are reading, share book recommendations, and turn in their summer reading book form. It is giving us a chance to play with Edmodo during the summer with teachers and students for a specific purpose and time frame.” – Eve Heaton
Looking for book recommendations? Search the Edmodo Topics for recommendations.
3. Concept Study (for teachers)
“Our English department has decided to do a ‘book study’ of sorts over the summer. We are actually going to do a “concept study.” Each teacher has a concept that they need to find good resources for and an engaging way to teach for 6, 7 and 8th graders.” – Candace Weathersby
4. Alumni Groups
“Teaching fifth grade, we end the year with our students moving on to several different middle schools. It has become a rite of passage for me to ceremonially add my leaving middle school students into my “MAX in Middle School” Group.
Here my leaving group can keep in touch with their friends who are now spread around different campuses. I have also found that my students of previous years welcome them with comments, tips, and suggestions about their upcoming new experience (advice about their new teachers, lunch choices, lockers, and strategies to get to that next class).
Edmodo makes for a smooth and exciting transition.” – Robert Miller
5. Science Projects
“Our science department created an Edmodo group for students to have a venue to discuss their science fair projects. Our summer assignment is for students to decide on a topic and research the topic to be able to design a testable question by the time school starts again in the fall. The group allows students to maintain dialogue with teachers and other students to help with approvals and proper paperwork required before starting experimentation in the fall. The dialogue allows teachers to offer feedback and suggestions when students need it most. At the time learning at its finest.” – Jane Beach
6. Engage New Students
“I plan on keeping in touch with my new students. They got the code for the courses at the end of school so they can join Edmodo. I give summer homework and this was I can answer any problems they might have.” – Marie Jump
7. Host Professional Development Sessions
“I intend to give a summer week long course on web 2.0 tools and on Glogster. I’d like to use Edmodo as the platform to run the course.” – John Zoccola
” I will be doing a training for the staffs of my two junior high school sites. The first half of the day will focus on Edmodo itself and how teachers can implement it, and the second half of the day will focus on other digital resources the library has available to teachers and how they can help teachers with planning lessons, doing research projects, etc.” – Amanda Sharpe
8. New Teacher Group
Create a group for teachers who are new to your school or are in their first year of teaching. This group can act as a support community to help these new teachers transition. You can use the group to provide support materials, discuss curriculum or answer any questions they may have as they are getting started.