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10 reasons I love using Edmodo in my iPad classroom…

10 reasons I love using Edmodo in my iPad classroom…
I can not describe how much easier Edmodo has made my teaching! At the beginning of this academic year, and in my capacity as an eLearning leader, I was involved in a whole-school effort to rollout Edmodo. The eLearning leaders at school gathered all teachers and showed them a few videos highlighting the benefits of Edmodo, then we divided all staff between us and went on to smaller workshops to help them set up their own accounts and classes. It caught like wildfire! I had staff approaching me everyday wanting to learn more and find out ways to use it better. In my school, we have three year levels using the iPads (years 6, 7 and 8), and two year levels using laptops (years 9 and 10). It is now very easy to share a worksheet or handout with my students on Edmodo. I would seriously recommend Edmodo to any teacher out there. Like this: Like Loading...

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