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» Edmodo: The Culture Builder Principal Blog

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Edmodo:  The Culture Builder Principal Blog does not address specifically one project but demonstrates how Edmodo can be used by students to create groups in which they have an interest.  These groups allow students to share and discuss issues and are placed on the principal blog.  Since the groups are student generated with the approval of the principal, they have pride in ownership.  eDCSD: The Colorado Cyber School takes great pride in the fact that their students belong to such a collaborative community with Edmodo being the delivery tool of choice. 

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TheFocusShowOnline - YouTube

TheFocusShowOnline - YouTube | Social Networking and Social Media in the 4th Grade | Scoop.it
The FOCUS show is about connecting educators. Too often teachers have a humble attitude and don't actively promote the awesome things happening in their clas...
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The FOCUS show, FOCUS standing for Finding Outstanding Classrooms Using Social Media, is bringing positive news from the classroom to others.  Too often the spotlight on education is negative, making the public question what is really going on in the classroom.  The FOCUS Show uses YouTube to being recognition to teachers and classrooms using social media.

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Edmodo | Teachinghistory.org

Edmodo | Teachinghistory.org | Social Networking and Social Media in the 4th Grade | Scoop.it
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For some, history can be a challenging subject to teach.  Making it authentic can be difficult, however using Edmodo can take what happened yesterday and turn it into today.  Teachers can initiate online discussions by posting a thought provoking question with students providing their thoughts on Edmodo.  These comments will initiate online discussions helping the teacher to check for understanding.  Although this approach can be used in any subject area, it is particularly useful when teaching a potentially dry subject. 

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Edmodo | 4th Grade Book Club

Edmodo | 4th Grade Book Club | Social Networking and Social Media in the 4th Grade | Scoop.it
Edmodo provides a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices. Our goal is to help educators harness the power of social media to customize the classroom for each and every learner
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Book clubs are a great tool to use to get students to read.  Time constraints and scheduling conflicts sometimes make it difficult to manage a book club in the classroom.  Edmodo provides the resources for students to participate in book clubs on their own time.  Mrs. Amolo uses Edmodo to initiate discussions based upon a writing prompt.  Students will then share their thoughts, providing greater insight to their comprehension of the story.  Edmodo can also faciitate global book clubs, connecting students from around the world with one commonality, the book they have all read.  What a great way to collaborate to share thoughts and ideas. 

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ICT in my Classroom - GeoTweets – Inviting your network into the classroom

ICT in my Classroom - GeoTweets – Inviting your network into the classroom | Social Networking and Social Media in the 4th Grade | Scoop.it
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GeoTweeting takes students on a real-time adventure using Twitter and Google Earth.  In this project, the teacher provides several small bits of information to engage the students in their search.  Working collaboratively, students collect information leading them to the final destination using longitude, latitude, time zones, and land marks. 

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Twitter in Elementary: The #Grammar911 Project

Twitter in Elementary: The #Grammar911 Project | Social Networking and Social Media in the 4th Grade | Scoop.it
My students have been busy learning the rules of the road for posting online and representing ourselves appropriately.  As we have become more comfortable with replying to posts, using hashtags,...
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The #Grammar911 Project teaches grammar through the integration of Twitter.  Many educators complain how social media has led to the degradation of the written language however this project puts grammar at the forefront.  Not only do students correct "messy" sentences created by the teacher but have the opportunity to create their own for their peers to clean up.  In addition, students can leave comments to other students' work.  This collaborative project is authentic and addresses writing standards in the process.

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Using Edmodo In The Classroom

Using Micro-bloggers in the Classroom By: Eldon Germann eldongermann on [email_address]
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Eldon Germann has provided an outstanding Slideshare on Using Micro-bloggers in the Classroom.  The tenth slide contains a comprehensive diagram of how Edmodo is used in his classroom and the eleventh slide has a rubric to follow.  Since micro-blogging is a scaled down version of blogging, the entries will be smaller and more to the point.  This will allow the teacher to check for comprehension without having to spend more time reading longer entries. 

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Learning and Sharing with Ms. Lirenman: February 2014

Learning and Sharing with Ms. Lirenman: February 2014 | Social Networking and Social Media in the 4th Grade | Scoop.it
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Wanting to share her social media experience with her students, Ms. Lirenman decided to use blogging in the classroom.  Joining Kristen Wideen's blog, Ms. Lirenman's students leave comments for Ms. Wideen's students and vice versa.  Taking it a step further, Ms. Lirenman decided to introduce her students to Twitter.  Through both of these social networking outlets, students are reading and writing to  an authentic audience, gaining 21st century skills. 

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Thinking About Learning Differently- Talking to Strangers

Thinking About Learning Differently- Talking to Strangers | Social Networking and Social Media in the 4th Grade | Scoop.it
Our third graders are learning about different communities.They have spoken via Skype with classes from a suburb of Los Angeles, CA , an rural community in Missouri and a city, Weatherford, TX. The...
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Thinking About Learning Differently - Talking to Strangers uses Skype to introduce students to other students throughout the world.  While books and maps were still used, Skype was able to connect these children in a real-time authentic situation  They are able to see each others classrooms, listen to one another, and ask questions.  These questions often lead to deeper understanding of the similarities and differences we all face.  Topics and themes can be prearranged or spontaneous as long as the students are respectful.  Skype can open doors to places we can only imagine. 

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy

Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy | Social Networking and Social Media in the 4th Grade | Scoop.it
In Part 7 of her elementary student SEL series, filmmaker Randy Taran offers suggestions and examples for cultivating empathy in schools.
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Not only are teachers expected to address academic subjects, but also the social and emotional needs of their students.  Finding a way to integrate technology and core subject areas may challenge some however some schools are having students contribute to a classroom blog addressing these needs themselves.  Students not only learn life skills and how to manage their emotions, they are able to write about it and make comments on the thoughts of others.  For teachers who are using this approach, they are definitely multitasking in a very positive way. 

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ICT in my Classroom - Plan, Tweet, Teach, Tweet, Learn, Smile

ICT in my Classroom - Plan, Tweet, Teach, Tweet, Learn, Smile | Social Networking and Social Media in the 4th Grade | Scoop.it
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Plan, Tweet, Teach, Tweet, Learn, Smile is a multi-faceted project all beginning with one simple question Tweeted to the general population.  The focus began as a probability lesson which quickly turned into a language arts and mapping activity.  The responses provided a global perspective for the students, taking them to the far corners of the Earth. 

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