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Edmodo – Using Edmodo in the classroom

Edmodo is a fantastic tool for homework but it can also be very useful in the classroom.  Below is a step by step guide to using edmodo to send and receive completed work on the ipad.

Before you start

  • You will need the app Adobe Reader
  • You will need to save any worksheets/work books as PDF files (you can change word files to pdf by FILE – EXPORT – EXPORT AS PDF)

How to set an activity using Edmodo

  • Create a new post/assigment with the pdf worksheet/workbook attachedImage
  • Pupils should click on the worksheet/workbook at press open in another app

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  • Choose open in adobe Reader.  This will now allow you to edit the document

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  • The pen can be used to circle correct answers or match up features

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Adobe reader will also allow you to type on the document

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When the worksheet is completed this should be saved then press Open in another document and choose edmodo

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This is a great way of receiving completed work that can then be stored as evidence.

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Tellagami

Tellagami is an animation app that will allow you to create videos using an avatar.  This app is great for allowing pupils to demonstrate their understanding of a topic through creating videos with information they have to input.  Pupils can choose to record their own voice or type into the app the information they would like the avatar to say.

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S2 and S3 pupils are currently using this app during their music lessons to create a series of video diaries as homework to demonstrate their understanding of the topic they are studying.  The videos can easily be uploaded to edmodo

Classroom Tools – Notability

Great little tool that allows you to add notes to existing documents by scribbling, stylus style on top of whatever is there, or by typing or adding audio.  You can also use to create new notes from scratch.  Additionally gives you the ability to save to icloud, dropbox or google documents among others.

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Apps for Dyslexic Pupils

Apps for Dyslexic Pupils

This chart is a useful guide for those who have dyslexic pupils in their class.

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Quizcast

QuizCast is the quiz app built for using iPads in the classroom!  QuizCast features customizable content, built-in assessment and helps manage multiple devices all at once.  QuizCast replaces clumsy classroom clickers and provides a richer, more engaging student experience.

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Classroom Tools – My Whiteboard

Replace traditional Show-Me boards with an iPad version

A simple drawing program for enhancing classroom work.  This is a virtual whiteboard for the students of your classroom!  Its intended as a classroom tool for teachers to use to augment activities they have children doing in the classroom.

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Penultimate – a jotter on the iPad

Penultimate is a simple app which allows students to write on the screen and then save what has been written in Evernote. Users can select from 3 different backgrounds: plain, lined and squared meaning that Penultimate can be used as a digital jotter. The app uses handwriting recognition so all notes can be searched for specific keywords.

Notes created with Penultimate can be shared directly with Edmodo allowing homework to be submitted in 3 clicks. Notes can also be exported as PDF files.

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Copying from Evernote to Edmodo

Here is a frame by frame guide to copying and pasting text from Evernote to Edmodo. This will allow pupils to post their work to you – you also get an email from Edmodo when someone posts on the wall, this contains all of the text the pupil has sent you – you could keep a record of pupil work or copy and paste it into a word document for a quick printing solution.

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Find the note that you would like to copy. Place the cursor at the end of the article, then press the screen until the magnifying glass appears.

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When you remove your finger from the screen you will have three options as shown above. To copy the whole note, click ‘Select All’. If you only want to highlight a smaller section adjust the little blue handles which appear in the corners of the selected area.

You will then be given the above options, select copy. You can now close Evernote.

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Open Edmodo and select the relevant group and click on the posts option. Now click on the ‘+’ button and select ‘note’.

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Now click on ‘please select recipients’. Select your group.

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Click inside of the box so that the cursor appears. Again press and hold the screen until the magnifying glass appears. It will now give the option to paste, click on this button.

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Your text will now appear.