A Long Walk to WaterEvery year, I have used Edmodo groups for teachers to share ideas, make connections, and post any random questions they may have pertaining to the book they are doing for the Global Read Aloud. Edmodo has worked well for many teachers as a way to communicate with others and to find inspiration. While you do not have to join the Edmodo group to be a part of Global Read Aloud, or use it with your students, many have found it as an easy way to be connected and to connect with others. If you would rather join the Facebook page, go here
To Join Edmodo if you do not already have an account:
Follow these three simple steps to create a Teacher Account:
- Go to www.edmodo.com. The “Teachers” button will already be selected by default.
- Fill out the registration form and select the “Sign Up” button to complete the sign-up process.
- Check your e-mail for a confirmation to view the next steps for setting up your Edmodo Account.
To join the Edmodo GRA groups when you have an account, please click the link for the group you need:
How do I connect using Edmodo?
After you have joined your group and I have approved you (which I do on a daily basis) there are two different ways; you post a connections wanted post in your group, or you respond to one. If you post a connections wanted post, please make sure people have a way to get in touch with you such as email or Twitter handle. Once you have found the connections, please alert people that you have found them. Also, please reach out to all people that respond to your post, even if it is to say you have found someone already.
If you respond to a connections wanted post, make sure you describe your classroom and give them a way to contact you.
What should I post in my connections wanted post?
It helps if you do age group, location, experience level, as well as what types of tools you feel comfortable using or would like to use. That way people can respond with similar dreams. You can post anything else that you think is helpful as well.
What if I don’t want to use Edmodo?
Then you can look for connections via Twitter using the hashtag #GRA17 or post on our Facebook page as well. There is also a Google Doc where you can post and search for a connection.
How many connections should I be looking for?
You decide. I like to have one solid connection for each of my classrooms and I like to have our ideas cemented before the project starts, that way I know for sure I am connected with someone. However, I also like to look at what else is going on during the project, so checking in on the Twitter hashtags, seeing what other people are sharing and such. Some people like to have several connections ready in case one doesn’t work out.