Recommendations on how to make the best use of Edmodo

  • Allocate sufficient time which is purely dedicated to online interaction between students. 
  • Specific activities requiring interaction need to be integrated into students’ learning experiences for them to happen. 
  • If at all possible, do this week's activities in Edmodo itself. This is because these pedagogical modes also need to have been modelled for the teachers in workshops so that they are sufficiently familiar with them as a teaching technique. This is necessary because social platforms take much longer to adapt to than other technologies. Unlike other technologies, social platforms require a development of an online identity, a sense of the space as a social space and the development of a range of complex communication strategies, as well as a feeling of being accustomed to the functionality and to become engaged with a community, particularly when this is exclusively online.
  • Be aware that students perceive proficient language skills as a necessity for communication in social platforms. Students, especially in an international setting, may be understandably self-conscious about their language skills.

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